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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    Latest News

    On November 2, 2016 the second public open house was held for the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan update.  This ‘drop-in’ event presented what we have heard to date, provided additional background information, and sought input on a draft vision and set of guiding principles for the updated Community Plan (see Open House #2 Presentation Panels).

    Feedback and input gathered at the open house, from the online questionnaire, and at earlier public workshops will be assembled into a Phase 2 Consultation Summary Report that will be made available in the coming weeks.

    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 fall 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

    Public Workshops

    October 26, 2016 – Eight (8) public workshops were held between October 19 and 26. These three-hour workshops provided participants an opportunity to help develop a draft Vision and set of Guiding Principles for the Community Plan update. A full summary of the input received at the workshops will be finalized and made available for public review in mid-November, following the conclusion of Phase 2.

    Phase 1 Engagement Summary Released

    July 21, 2016 – A summary of all the input received in Phase 1 of the Community Plan update was made available for review.     

    Engagement Snapshot – A one page summary of the Phase 1 engagement initiatives and the key themes that emerged from the input received.  

    Memo to Mayor and Council – A summary of the Phase 1 engagement initiatives and the key themes that emerged from the input received; a copy of the notes from the May 31, 2016 Community Planning Team meeting; and the full Phase 1 Engagement Summary.

    Public Open House #1

    June 23, 2016 - The first Public Open House was held for the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update process. This ‘drop-in’ event presented some background information, provided an overview of the update process and afforded the opportunity for the public to provide input on community values and aspirations for the area (view the Open House Presentation Panels).

    An online questionnaire, which provided similar information and feedback opportunities as the Open House, was available between June 23 and July 11, 2016.

    Community Dialogue Sessions

    June 16, 2016 – A total of 32 small group conversations with community members were held between June 8 and June 16.  Approximately 250 people attended these sessions to learn about the Community Plan update process and provide input on community values.    

    Community Planning Team Appointments

    May 30, 2016 – Township Council appointed a 17 member Community Planning Team (CPT) to assist the Township in the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan update process. The CPT will exist for the length of the planning process and will provide important input and feedback, and will serve as a ‘sounding-board’ throughout the plan update project.

    The CPT is comprised of residents and property owners and other stakeholders, including non-profit community associations, local businesses, the development community and environmental groups. Visit the CPT webpage for more information.

    Terms of Reference Approved

    April 11, 2016 – Township Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan update. The Terms of Reference outline the process for preparing the Community Plan update, including the public and stakeholder engagement details.

    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 happened during the last Community Plan process and how will that information be used?

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

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

    8. How long is the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update going to take?

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

    10. How can the public and stakeholders provide input?

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

    Related Documents & Links

    Background Documents and Reports

    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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