Thank you to the Langley Planning Advisory Board members, council attendees and community planning director for making possible a transparent and informative discussion at last Wednesday night’s PAB meeting.
I am grateful to Thomas Gill for leading a thoughtful and open discussion, making sure the attendees felt heard and understood and there was ample opportunity provided the participants to share different concerns about challenging subjects. I am delighted by input from Summer Harris, who continually asked thoughtful and probing questions that led to further exploration of alternatives. I’m sorry to hear she has resigned from the PAB.
I am grateful to Peter Morton for his stellar facilitation of a civil conversation, reminding us that open dialogue is key to finding adoptable solutions. I value the thoughtful questions raised by Dominique Emerson who is aware of and works to find a balance between the challenges faced by the city and the rights of Langley citizens. I appreciate board members who respectfully permitted opportunity for attendees to air concerns and opinions, allowing ample time for participants to voice varied perspectives.
I am grateful to Brigid Reynolds for the excellent body of work she and her team have produced in what, I believe, will be an exemplary comprehensive plan. I also am appreciative of the amount of time and effort the community planning department has given this city in crafting a versatile and extensive plan. As a former project manager and leader of change, I have experienced how difficult it is to tackle a long-term project such as the comprehensive plan. I know how frustrating it can be when newly proposed alternatives, which arise from an ever-changing landscape, delay and complicate the progress made toward a widely-acceptable result.
I am impressed by and grateful for the cooperative atmosphere which emerged at the meeting Wednesday night. I believe that this atmosphere set the stage for PAB member JR Fulton, who recused himself for this discussion, to graciously withdraw his request for a commercial designation of the properties at 2nd and DeBruyn. As I understand it, this facilitates imminent comprehensive plan approval and the PAB recommendation to council that these properties be rezoned as mixed residential.
Member of Langley Association of Neighbors Downtown