Brookswood-Fernridge is currently a unique enclave, with a forested village appeal that we enjoy. Many residents have formed an opinion that developers and the Township of Langley (TOL) Council have a free hand in developing the community with limited regard to the existing Official Community Plan (OCP). This perspective has come from years of land use variances being approved throughout the Township despite the fact that these variances are often contrary to the direction outlined in the OCP. Residents see nearby communities going through densification and being robbed of their sense of community and they fear Brookswood-Fernridge may suffer the same fate. Some of our residents are unaware of the issues facing the community while others simply do not have the time to educate themselves about the opportunities and threats their changing community must address. The Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association can help by building resident awareness of any proposed changes that will impact our community.
The BFCA is dedicated to enhancing the role of community residents in municipal governance. Our Members want to be well informed and involved in shaping the community we live in and love. Brookswood-Fernridge has beautiful forests, friendly and walkable neighborhoods, lovely gardens and green spaces, interesting local shops and a unique village feel that is precious to residents and visitors alike. We welcome members to meet other residents with similar concerns and interests. The BFCA encourages you to join one of our Interest Groups: Council Business, Membership and Fundraising, or to start a new Interest Group. We meet once per month. Join The BFCA Today!
The purpose of the association is to ensure that lands within Brookswood-Fernridge are properly zoned to the benefit of the majority of residents and requirements are adhered to and conform to the OCP. The BFCA will ensure that any land-use development has appropriate scrutiny and input with the view to protecting the geographical, historical, environmental, agricultural, business, and residential character of the area. We strive to ensure the provision of appropriate park and recreational land for the benefit of all residents in Brookswood-Fernridge. The BFCA will examine and act upon any municipal, regional, provincial or federal issue which is the common concern of the residents. We aim to further the spirit of community interaction among the residents of Brookswood-Fernridge and to promote health and safety awareness (Emergency Preparedness, Block Parent and Block Watch programs, etc.).
We gather as much information as possible about issues in the TOL and share that information with our members. We aim to provide timely information, raise awareness and seek neighbourhood input. Communications include mailers, website updates, email newsletters and Facebook posts. We attend regular TOL Council meetings, summarize the proceedings as they apply to Brookswood-Fernridge and share those summaries with our members.
We participate in evolving the OCP by encouraging residents to attend community engagement meetings to provide TOL with feedback. We also encourage concerned residents to attend council meetings to show support for relevant issues.
We monitor development applications in Brookswood-Fernridge and encourage developers to consult with the residents and the BFCA.
We bring the concerns of our members to the attention of the TOL by generating polls and petitions with presentations within the TOL. We liaise with various TOL departments regarding the concerns residents have and ask the TOL to consult with and/or provide additional information.
We unite our members to focus their collective energy on projects and events that improve the neighbourhood. The BFCA connects residents in order to share similar concerns or to work together on a particular issue. The BFCA also connects members with others who have similar interests, experience and knowledge to share.