Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Plans

Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Plan With the adoption of the new Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan in October 2017, work has been on-going to prepare for the commencement of the Neighbourhood Planning processes for the Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn neighbourhoods in the south and east portions of the community. See map to the right for proposed neighbourhood plan boundaries.  

General Neighbourhood Planning updates and frequently asked questions will be available and updated regularly throughout the process on this page. 

As the planning process proceeds, information, updates, and frequently asked questions specific to each neighbourhood will be available in the Latest News section below. To receive updates on the Neighbourhood Planning process for all three neighbourhoods, please sign up for email notifications at eNews.

Public Engagement Events

Booth, Fernridge and Rinn Neighbourhood Plans in the Brookswood-Fernridge Community

Help shape distinctive new neighbourhoods in Brookswood-Fernridge

Update: June 30, 2021

Thank you for providing your feedback as part of the planning process, and helping shape the future of Booth, Fernridge and Rinn neighbourhoods in Brookswood-Fernridge by participating in virtual Open House and “Speak to a Planner” sessions.

The Township of Langley is continuing the public engagement process to help prepare three Neighbourhood Plans for Booth, Fernridge and Rinn (see map). In October 2017, Council adopted a new Community Plan for Brookswood-Fernridge, which provides a high-level outline of how the community will grow and change over the next 25+ years with general policy guidance for the location of commercial nodes, arterial roads and land uses by general categories.

These Neighbourhood Plans will focus on more detailed refinements of future land uses and densities, and street, block, and lot patterns. This planning process will also develop policies to guide design of buildings, streets, parks, active transportation, amenities, municipal infrastructure, and implementation.

Learn more in our FAQs about how these Neighbourhood Plans will build on the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan while examining similar policies and themes at the neighbourhood level.

 


Virtual Open House

Thank you for providing your feedback!

Date and Time: Noon, June 14, 2021 to Noon, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - Virtual Open House feedback has now closed. 

Virtual Place: tol.ca/bfnp – this webpage. 

This second Open House for the Neighbourhood Planning processes engaged the public online.

The Virtual Open House included a variety of policy themes and plan ideas, including neighbourhood character goals, environment (including trees), housing, commercial activity nodes, street and block patterns, rainwater and groundwater management.

Please use these information panels to learn more:
 

 

 

 

 


Speak to a Planner Sessions

Got Questions?  Find answers from a Community Planner!

Dates: Speak to a planner sessions have now finished. 

If you still have questions for planning staff about Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Plans please send them by email to bfnp@tol.ca.


Learn More

Visit this webpage often –  tol.ca/bfnp – and learn more about the neighbourhood planning process and have access to other background information

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News

At the beginning of 2020, the planning process for the preparation of the three neighbourhood plans in Brookswood-Fernridge – Booth, Fernridge and Rinn – was progressing on schedule, completing all of Phase 1 and nearly half of Phase 2 of the three-phased approach. However, due to public health guidelines and restrictions related to the COVID19 pandemic, the planning process was suspended in mid-March of this year.

 

As some of the public health orders have recently lessened, resulting in lifting of some of the restrictions, staff recommend proceeding with the next steps, incorporating some amendments to public engagement components of the process, with the goal of resuming the planning process, with the objective of utilization of virtual options, rather than face-to-face gatherings, where possible and as conditions permit.

Revised Public Engagement Approach

A revised public engagement approach for the rest of the Brookswood-Fernridge neighbourhood planning process would follow a similar number of events, so as to maintain the same level of engagement outlined in the Council-adopted Project Terms of Reference. The content in terms of policy themes and topics would also remain the same. The primary departures for public engagement would be the delivery, namely the use of virtual options rather than face-to-face gatherings.  

For the combined Neighbourhood Planning Team and Sub-Teams meetings, staff would distribute information and a pre-recorded presentation to the members. One week would be provided for Members to raise any questions and seek clarification of staff, followed by a second week for Members to prepare comments to be moderated and posted on the NPT webpage.

The Neighbourhood Workshops would be replaced with a series of Neighbourhood Policy Dialogues. A similar format that was applied to the combined NPT and NPST meetings would inform the Neighbourhood Policy Dialogue series. However, the information and a pre-recorded presentation would be prepared for each neighbourhood. Lastly, the Public Open Houses would take place virtually as well. Staff are exploring ideas such as “live streaming” or a “chat” function to provide a real-time experience.  

Interim Summary Engagement Report

As a means to recap where we are and what we have accomplished thus far in the planning process for new neighbourhoods in Brookswood-Fernridge, please review the Phase 2 Interim Summary Engagement Report. This document provides an update on the activities conducted and input gathered to date for this stage of the process.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we all adapt to these changed realities.

Stay Tuned!


The neighbourhood planning process continues to progress, with staff actively working on a number of technical and policy analysis and feasibility work items integral to the preparation of the neighbourhood plans.

 

Further project updates and engagement opportunities, including upcoming Neighbourhood Planning Team meetings, will be posted here in the coming weeks and months.

Want updates directly to your email inbox? Go to tol.ca/enews and select the ‘Brookswood-Fernridge Planning’ category for important project updates.



Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report Now Available

Phase 1 of the Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Plans project is now complete and summaries of all the input received are available below:

Engagement Snapshot: Summary of the Phase 1 engagement initiatives and the key themes that emerged from the input received.

Memo to Mayor and Council:

We would like to thank everyone who was able to participate in the engagement events during Phase 1, and look forward to seeing you at future engagement events this winter. Stay tuned for future webpage and email updates with more details about the next round of public engagement events.


Thank you to all who attended the first Open House this evening. If you weren’t able to attend but would like to see the information shared, please review the Open House Information Panels

We also encourage residents to complete the Online Questionnaire before Tuesday, July 2.

Looking for the videos displayed at the Open House? Find them on our YouTube channel:


Upcoming Public Engagement Events

The Township of Langley is beginning a public engagement process as part of the preparation of three Neighbourhood Plans for Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn in the Brookswood-Fernridge. The preparation of these three Neighbourhood Plans will focus on more detailed refinements of future land uses and densities, as well as street, block, and lot patterns. This process will also develop policies to guide planning and design of buildings, streets, parks, active transportation, amenities, municipal infrastructure, and implementation.

Your input is needed to help shape this effort!

Public Open House

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
4:00 - 8:00pm (drop-in)
South Langley Church, 20098 - 22 Avenue, Langley

This first Public Open House will be a ‘drop-in’, interactive public engagement event. The purpose of this open house will be to present background information, provide an overview of the Neighbourhood Plans process, and seek public input on community values and key assets in the Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn Neighbourhood Plan areas.

Following this Open House, an online questionnaire will be made available here on this page, as well as the Open House presentation panels for your review.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It may feel like the Township is continuing to consult about the same things, or versions of the same things. This is an excellent observation.

When the update process to Community Plan for Brookswood-Fernridge took place, we heard many things expressed by residents, landowners and business operators. Specifically, we heard from many who wanted full transparency in terms of the process and our public engagement and we also heard that many wanted to know all the details as they unfolded.

The preparation of the Neighbourhood Plans in Brookswood-Fernridge, essentially starts where the Community Plan for Brookswood-Fernridge ended; the preparation of the neighbourhood plans is a continuation of the conversation. The Community Plan policy provides direction and guidance for the preparation of the neighbourhood plans. Therefore, the policy themes and topics remain the same between the two types of plans; just the scale, resolution and specificity changes.

For example, through the preparation of the Community Plan, we heard and discussed at length the importance of trees and forests. Through the preparation of the neighbourhood plans for Booth, Fernridge and Rinn, we continue to talk about trees and forests. We are at that phase in neighbourhood plan preparation that emerging policy directions have been identified that provide greater details that build on the more generalized policies of the Community Plan. Ideas introduced include a multilayered policy approach under the Neighbourhood Forestry policy umbrella, new ideas for Cluster Conservation Development approach to subdivision and land development that would require dedication of nature conservation areas/forest stands, new housing ideas that provide greater setbacks and reduced lot coverage compared to the typical in order to accommodate trees, to name just a few. 

Success in creating distinct neighbourhoods that reflect a small town character and that integrates all of the things we have been talking about will require policy and regulatory details.  That is what the neighbourhood plan process is working on. The conversations and engagement, now and going forward to the completion of the Booth, Fernridge and Rinn Neighbourhood Plans, will remain focused on full transparency and sharing policy details in order to hone and fine-tune the policy results so that distinct outcomes in the built environment – the buildings and infrastructure of the neighbourhood – will come to fruition. Thank you for your perseverance and continued contributions; it is greatly appreciated.

The following videos, that were part of our Phase Public Engagement, might provide a bit of context for some of you. The links are as follows:

On October 23, 2017, Council adopted a new Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan, which replaced the previous 1987 community plan. Council also directed staff to commence with the preparation of neighbourhood plans, for Booth, Fernridge and Rinn, in the south and east portions of the community. 

As a preliminary step prior to the initiation of neighbourhood planning process, an environmental assessment is being completed. This environmental assessment began in July 2018 and is expected to take approximately 10 to 12 months, with a final report due on or before spring 2019. 

On January 21, 2019, Township Council approved the project Terms of Reference, with amendments, as the next step in the preparation of Booth, Fernridge and Rinn neighbourhood plans.

In order to equip the planning process with environmental expertise, staff sought a consulting team with substantial experience and expertise in environmental sciences and engineering, including transportation, water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage engineering, fish and wildlife habitat, plant communities, environmental systems and networks, and conservation strategies. This consulting team were acquired through a common municipal procurement practice called ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFP). Urban Systems, and sub-consultant Dhillon Consulting, provided a proposal that was accepted at the conclusion of the RFP process.  

When complete, this environmental assessment will seek to verify, among other environmental resources and features, the presence of watercourses and other surface waterbodies, mature tree stands, and other vegetation/plant communities. Outcomes of the environmental assessment will be made publically available.

No. While a municipality such as the Township of Langley cannot refuse development applications, as directed by Council with the adoption of the Community Plan, new development applications in the three Neighbourhood Plan areas in Brookswood-Fernridge will be considered concurrently with the preparation of said plans.

From an operational perspective, this means applications will be received, processed in a preliminary way, and held while the Neighbourhood Planning process is underway. Applicants will be encouraged to follow along with process in order to understand emerging policy and ensure the development applications submitted comply with the Neighbourhood Plans that go forward for Council consideration.

Yes, a Neighbourhood Planning Team (NPT) and 3 Sub-Teams (NPST’s) were established through an application process and Council vote in spring 2019. These teams form one of the many engagement opportunities that will take place over the length of the Neighbourhood Planning project.

More details can be found on the Neighbourhood Planning Team page.

Staff are actively initiating the administrative aspects of launching a project of this magnitude. More information will be prepared and broadcast over the coming weeks.

As this moment, the environmental assessment is the only portion of the pre-neighbourhood plan underway. As the neighbourhood plans move forward, information will be made available here, and through email notifications which you can sign up for at tol.ca/notifications by selecting the ‘Brookswood-Fernridge Plans’ notification category.

Staff can be reached directly any time at bfnp@tol.ca.

 

Quick Links

Brookswood-Fernridge Background Documents

Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update (2016-2017) Background Documents