Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update

    Join us in shaping the future of Brookswood-Fernridge. The Township of Langley has launched a new planning and engagement process to update the existing Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan (adopted in 1987).  The Update will provide opportunities for growth and redevelopment in the “Undeveloped Area” while maintaining the existing land use and densities in the “Developed Area” (see map below).  This update is your chance to have a say in the future of the community.    

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    Update: June 19, 2017
    Registration for Ask a Planner sessions is now closed. We thank everyone for their interest and look forward to connecting with attendees later today and tomorrow.

    If you were hoping to attend a session and still have questions or points that need clarification, please contact Planning staff directly at brfrcp@tol.ca for a response.

    Update: June 19, 2017 (FAQ #3)
    Update: June 16, 2017 (FAQ #1-2)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Following the 1st and 2nd reading of Bylaw No. 5300 (the proposed Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan) by Council on June 12, many community members contacted staff by email, letter, social media, and phone with similar questions. We understand not everyone will be able to register for an ‘Ask the Planner’ session on June 19 and 20 to have their questions answered, and we would like to ensure your most common questions and concerns are addressed directly. Here are direct answers to the most frequently asked questions:  

    1. Why are there 4,000 ft² lots in the proposed Community Plan and when was this introduced in the planning process?

    Background:

    A range of 4,000 ft2 to 7,000 ft2 lots was included on all 3 of the Land Use Concepts presented in Phase 3 at Open House #3 on March 7. This range was included under the Mixed Residential land use designation (see Open House panels 11-17), and was also presented in the cluster development example (see Open House panel 20).

    A range of 4,000 ft2 to 7,000 ft2 lots was then included in the Preliminary Draft Community Plan presented to Council on May 8 under the Single Family 3 land use designation.  A link to this Preliminary Draft was emailed to all of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan update email subscribers and made available at tol.ca/brfrcp on May 9.  This range was also included on the Draft Land Use Plan presented at Open House #4 on May 16 under the Single Family 3 land use designation (see Open House panels 11 and 12).

    Proposed Community Plan:

    The proposed Community Plan indicates that a range of 4,000 ft2 to 7,000 ft2 lots may be considered in the Single Family 3 land use designation within community and neighbourhood centres (see Map 1 of the proposed Community Plan), along arterial and collector roads (see Maps 1 and 5), and where land is being protected for conservation, open space and/or ALR buffer purposes (e.g. cluster development).  Any consideration of lots within this range of 4,000 ft2 to 7,000 ft2 must be done as part of a more detailed neighbourhood plan, which, like community plans, are adopted by Council and involve a public engagement process.  For clarity, 4,000 ft2 is the smallest lot size that may be considered through more detailed neighbourhood planning; a neighbourhood plan may consider a full range of lot sizes between 4,000 ft2 and 7,000 ft2 (e.g. 5,000 ft2 or 6,000 ft2).

    The policy in the proposed Community Plan that allows neighbourhood plans to consider a range of 4,000 ft2 to 7,000 ft2 lots in the Single Family 3 designation (in specific areas or under certain conditions) supports a number of the Plan’s Guiding Principles:

    • #2 (protect the natural environment) by providing opportunities to cluster new housing on a portion of a development site to protect natural features, including trees, on the other part of the site.
    • #4 (build a liveable community pattern) by facilitating opportunities to provide an appropriate transition between multi-family dwellings and larger single family lots.
    • #7 (provide housing choices) by allowing the consideration of a broader range of lot sizes.
    • #8 (support transportation diversity) by directing more compact forms of single family housing to the centres, which are closer to commercial services and, as such, encourage walking and cycling, and to the arterial and collector roads, which generally have better access to enhanced transportation infrastructure, such as greenways, bike paths and public transit.             

    2. Why doesn’t the proposed Tree Protection Bylaw have higher fines?

    The proposed fines are outlined under Section 26 of the proposed Tree Protection Bylaw and are based on provincial legislation. The minimum fine of $500 is the maximum amount that can be issued by a bylaw enforcement officer.  However, the Township can pursue a fine of up to $10,000 through the courts (the maximum fine permitted through a prosecution). The proposed fines are the same as those in the Interim Tree Clear-Cutting Bylaw that Council adopted in 2014.

    In addition to these fines, Council can deny a rezoning application or seek additional compensation if a site has been clear-cut before development.

    3. Why is a new commercial village located on the east side of 200 Street at 32 Avenue?  

    At Open House #3 on March 7, three options for the location of a new community-serving commercial village were presented for public feedback.  All three of these options had potential benefits and trade-offs, and all three were feasible from a transportation (i.e. traffic) perspective and other technical and policy considerations.  

    Nearly half of the respondents to the Open House #3 feedback form indicated that the northeast corner of 200 Street and 32 Avenue was their “top choice” for the location of the new community-serving commercial village and, unlike the other two options, more respondents agreed with this location than disagreed (see the Phase 3 Engagement Summary Report).   

    At this location, there is a great opportunity to foster a small town feel by introducing new, walkable shopping streets in the heart of the village (see illustration below).  Such details will be worked out in the neighbourhood plan, which will involve a public engagement process.

    We encourage residents and stakeholders to register for an Ask the Planner session, being held on Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20. Sessions are available in the afternoon and evening for 20 minutes with a maximum of 4 people per table to ensure time and space for your specific questions to be answered by one of the planners.

    Update: June 14, 2017

    In order to provide the community with the highest level of engagement, we are offering the opportunity to speak in small groups with a Planner to clarify points and answer any remaining questions before the Public Hearing. With a maximum number of 4 people per table, there will be space and time to have more meaningful conversations and have any remaining questions discussed.

    We encourage you to register and come speak with us!

    Dates:            Monday, June 19, 2017 and Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    Location:        Brookswood Baptist Church:  20581 – 36 Avenue
    Times:            2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm
                          AND
                          6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm 8:00pm

    Please register online or in person at any recreation centre in the Township of Langley, including the George Preston Recreation Centre (20699 - 42 Avenue).

    Update: June 13, 2017

    We have entered the final phase of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update, with the Final Draft Community Plan passing 1st and 2nd readings at the Council meeting on Monday, June 12. With these initial readings now complete, a Public Hearing has been scheduled, which will be your opportunity to provide your input to Council.

    When:        Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:00pm  
    Where:       Township of Langley Civic Facility                   
                       Fraser River Presentation Theatre                   
                       4th Floor, 20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley

    Update: June 9, 2017
    As we enter the last phase of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update, we are pleased to inform you that the final draft Community Plan has been completed. Township Council will consider this final draft for 1st and 2nd reading at its regular evening meeting on Monday, June 12. If the final draft passes these initial readings, a Public Hearing will be scheduled, which will be your opportunity to provide your input to Council.

    We will continue to update you on the progress and upcoming dates as they are determined, including an opportunity to speak with a Planner in small groups to clarify points and answer any remaining questions before the Public Hearing.

    If you would like to watch the June 12 Council meeting, you can attend in person or do so by live-stream online at tol.ca/council.

    For a brief overview of the Final Draft Community Plan, read the Community Plan and Tree Protection Highlights, or read the full Final Draft Community Plan.

    Also available to review is the new proposed Tree Protection Bylaw, as well as a Public Engagement Infographic Summary.

    Update: May 5, 2017

    Progress continues to be made as we move closer to completing the update to the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan. On Friday, May 5, a report and preliminary draft plan were submitted to Council, with the intent to receive their feedback before the information is presented to the public at the Open House on May 16.

    This report and preliminary draft plan can be viewed below, and we encourage you to bring any questions to the Open House, where you can speak directly with staff.

    Open House
    When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:00-8:00pm
    Where: George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 - 42 Avenue

    Report and Preliminary Draft Plan

    Township Planning Sketch Series

    Planning in the Township is both complex and exciting! This 3 episode whiteboard sketch series was created to help those not familiar with planning understand various aspects of the process and discover how their community is shaped.

    Episode 1: Planning for Growth and Change

    Curious about how community plans are made, the different levels and types of plans in the Township, and why each is needed? Watch the first 2-minute episode to find out!

    Episode 2: Complete Communities and Small Town Character

    What is a complete community, and how do they contribute to a healthy lifestyle in the Township? Take a look

    Episode 3: Edge Planning

    What happens when urban and rural intersect? Protecting and preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the relations between urban and rural neighbours is important to the Township. Watch to learn more!

    Overview & Process

    The Township of Langley is experiencing one of the fastest rates of growth in Metro Vancouver.  We need to hear from you on how we can plan for the future of Brookswood-Fernridge in a way that respects the values of the community, consistent with the Township’s Official Community Plan.

    The Brookswood-Fernridge area has been designated for “Urban Growth” in the Township of Langley Official Community Plan since 1979. In 1987, Township Council adopted the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, which provides a long term vision for an urban community and policies to guide future development.  This existing 1987 Brookswood-Fernridge Plan was designed to accommodate an ultimate projected population of approximately 35,000 residents. 

    In April 2016, the Township of Langley launched a new, extensive planning and engagement process to update the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan.  This process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to complete, currently anticipated to conclude in the summer of 2017. 

    As part of this Community Plan update, the ideas and perspectives of everyone in the community will be sought.  The Township of Langley has made a commitment to ensuring that meaningful two-way dialogue occurs between citizens, stakeholders, and government.  
    In a previous process in 2012 to update the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, some members of the public raised issues with proposed growth in the community and how the process was delivered.  As a result, there will be no changes, in terms of land use and density, to the Developed Areas of Brookswood-Fernridge. The current update to the 1987 Community Plan will focus on the Undeveloped Areas of the community.

    The current Community Plan update process involves five stages, with an extensive stakeholder and public consultation program at every stage. 

     

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    Public Engagement

    Be Part of the Plan! The Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update will ensure broad, early and ongoing opportunities for public engagement.

    The Township will provide opportunities for input and listen to the community throughout the five phases of public consultation. 

    Before making any decisions, we want to hear from you so that any decisions better consider what is important to the community of Brookswood-Fernridge. The information we gather from our technical analysis and public consultation will help us develop and evaluate options for the Undeveloped Areas of the community.

    We will report back to the community on what we hear at the end of each of the five phases.

    Announcements about future public engagement activities will be posted on this webpage under the Latest News section, in local newspapers and by email.

    Stay Connected

    Keep up-to-date on the Community Plan update, including announcements about future public engagement activities, by subscribing for email updates.

    Progress to Date

    More Information VIEW FULL PHASE 4 PROGRESS

    March 2017 - Phase 3 of the Community Plan update is now complete. In this Phase, we created and sought feedback on land use options and emerging policy directions for the Undeveloped Areas of Brookswood-Fernridge.

    More Information VIEW FULL PHASE 3 PROGRESS

    January 19, 2017 - Phase 2 of the Community Plan update is now complete. In this Phase, we worked to create a preliminary draft vision and set of guiding principles to serve as a foundation for the updated Community Plan.

    More Information VIEW FULL PHASE 2 PROGRESS

    July 21, 2016 - Phase 1 of the Community Plan update is now complete.  In this Phase, we communicated the scope and timeline of the Community Plan update process and gathered early input on community values, key issues, and opportunities

    More Information VIEW FULL PHASE 1 PROGRESS

    History & Background

    The Brookswood-Fernridge area has been designated for “Urban Growth” in the Township of Langley Official Community Plan since 1979. In 1987, Township Council adopted the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, which provides a long term vision for an urban community and policies to guide future development. At that time, the ultimate population of the area was projected at about 35,000 residents.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where is Brookswood-Fernridge?

    2. Where are the Developed and Undeveloped Areas of Brookswood-Fernridge?

    3. What is the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan?

    4. Why is the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan being updated?

    5. What is the plan for the Developed Areas of Brookswood-Fernridge?

    6. What is the plan for the Undeveloped Areas of Brookswood-Fernridge?

    7. What is the process for the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update?

    8. How can the public and stakeholders provide input?

    9. What is the Community Planning Team and how were they selected?

    Related Documents & Links

    Background Documents and Reports

    Phase 4 Engagement Summary (a summary of input received in the fourth phase of the Community Plan update)
    Report to Council (May 8, 2017) and Preliminary Draft Community Plan
    Phase 3 Engagement Summary (a summary of input received in the third phase of the Community Plan update)
    Phase 2 Engagement Summary (a summary of input received in the second phase of the Community Plan update)
    Complete Communities Backgrounder (a concise summary of the characteristics of a complete community)
    Brookswood-Fernridge Community Profile (a detailed summary of existing conditions in the community and related policies)
    Phase 1 Engagement Summary (a summary of input received in the first phase of the Community Plan update)
    Approved Project Terms of Reference
    Approved Community Planning Team Terms of Reference
    Report to Council (April 11, 2016) – Terms of Reference
    Report to Council (January 25, 2016) – Fernridge Community Plan
    Report to Council (March 30, 2015) – Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan Update Options
    Report to Council (February 3, 2014) – Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan

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    More Information

    Community Development Division
    Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Information Line: 604.533.6152
    Email: brfrcp@tol.ca

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