Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Planning Team

On April 1, 2019 Council appointed a 12-member Neighbourhood Planning Team (NPT) and three Neighbourhood Planning Sub-Teams (NPSTs), made up of six members each, to represent the neighbourhoods of Booth, Fernridge and Rinn. The NPT and NPSTs will assist staff in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plans and will serve as a ‘sounding-board’ throughout the project.

The NPT and NPSTs will exist for the length of the planning process and will form part of the many public engagement opportunities that will take place over the length of the Neighbourhood Planning project. 

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Update: September 24, 2020

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!

Update: October 30, 2019

Upcoming Meeting

The next meeting of the combined NPT and NPSTs has been scheduled and will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Langley Mennonite Fellowship Church (20997 - 40 Avenue).  A meeting agenda will be posted in the coming days.

Just as a reminder, the public is welcome to attend the meetings as observers, but will not have an opportunity to participate in the discussion.  Summary notes from the meetings will be made available to the public.

Combined NPT and NPST Meeting #3

The third meeting of the combined NPT and NPSTs was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  The meeting covered a number of items as outlined in the Meeting #3 Agenda and in the Meeting Notes.

Discussions at the Joint NPT and NPSTs Meeting were informed by the Brookswood-Fernridge Environmental Assessment (Preliminary Draft).

Combined NPT and NPST Meeting #2

The second meeting was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00pm.  The meeting covered a number of discussion items and table exercises, as outlined in the Meeting #4 Agenda and in the Meeting Notes.

Discussion at the meeting drew upon and was informed by three documents, including the Phase 1 Engagement Summary, a Commercial Market Demand Study (Preliminary Draft) and a Neighbourhood Planning Primer (Preliminary Draft).

 

Update: May 2019

The inaugural, combined meeting of the NPT and the NPSTs took place on Monday, May 6 at 6:30pm at the Langley Mennonite Church (20997 – 40 Avenue). A meeting agenda was provided, which outlined the times to be discussed, and a presentation was delivered to the Members. Also, summary meeting notes have been prepared.

For future reference, the public is welcome to attend NPT and NPST meetings as observers, but will not have an opportunity to participate in the discussion. 

On May 27, 2019, Council approved the Neighbourhood Planning Sub-Team Terms of Reference.

Lastly, information regarding forthcoming public engagement events of this Phase of the project has been released and details regarding these events is available on the Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Plans project webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of the NPT is to provide input to the Township through project staff on the preparation of the overall Neighbourhood Plans for Brookswood-Fernridge by:

  • Assist staff in selecting members to comprise the NPSTs
  • Review and providing input on:
  • Preliminary and draft project deliverables provided by staff
  • Objectives and draft plan policies
  • Land use, and servicing ideas and options
  • Sharing their perspectives on the future Neighbourhood Plan area
  • Reporting back to their community and organizations on plan progress and key discussions

The primary role of the NPT is to assist and work along-side project staff, in a conversational and ‘round-table’ discussion context, and serve as a ‘sounding board’ for project staff and consultants.

Review the NPT Terms of Reference.

The NPT is compromised of 12 members, including:

  • One (1) person owning property and residing within each of the neighbourhood plan areas of Booth, Rinn and Fernridge (total of 3 persons), as shown on the map;
  • One (1) person owning property and/or residing within each of the neighbourhood plan areas of Booth, Rinn and Fernridge (total of 3 persons), as shown on the map;
  • Three (3) persons from the community-at-large representing other broader interests such as seniors, youth, business, environment and community groups or organizations, with a preference given to those residing in Brookswood-Fernridge area, as shown on the map;
  • Two (2) persons residing within the developed areas of the Brookswood-Fernridge community, as delineated on the map; and
  • One (1) person residing within the rural area surrounding the Brookswood-Fernridge community, as delineated on the map.

Members were chosen through Council vote, and announced in the Regular Evening Council session on Monday, April 1.

Thank you to all who applied to become part of the Brookswood-Fernridge Planning Team. Council has endorsed the following applicants to the neighbourhood team and sub-teams. The teams will be meeting soon to begin their part in assisting the preparation of the Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn neighbourhood plans.  

Brookswood-Fernridge Neighbourhood Planning Team 

  • Mark Belling
  • An De Sagher
  • Gary Hooge
  • Gary Dhaliwal
  • John Fiorino
  • Leanne Furlani
  • Peter Minten
  • Steve Riley
  • Roland Seguin
  • Navi Sivia
  • Scott Thompson
  • Bob Wilson

Booth Sub-Neighbourhood Planning Team

  • Saloni Bassi
  • Art Bergstrom
  • Timothy Chu
  • Brian Leonard
  • Duncan Morrison
  • Kulwant Sahota

Fernridge Sub-Neighbourhood Planning Team

  • Rod Butler
  • Anthony Ibhahe
  • Samantha St-Onge
  • Chris Walters
  • Raymond Wiens
  • Curtis Zanussi

Rinn Sub-Neighbourhood Planning Team

  • Chris Meyer
  • Don Adams
  • Karen Michelle Connerty
  • Amardeep Goraya
  • Andrew Scott
  • Jas Sidhu