Brookswood-Fernridge Plan: Navigating the Impact of Bill 44

Brookswood-Fernridge Plan: Navigating the Impact of Bill 44

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Neighbourhood planning in Brookswood-Fernridge, Township of Langley, has encountered a twist with the introduction of Provincial small-scale multi-unit housing legislation (Bill 44). This legislation, which received Royal Assent on December 7, 2023, mandates municipalities to allow for a significant increase in dwelling units on single-detached lots.

The recent development surrounding the Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn neighbourhood plans underscores the complexity of aligning local planning with provincial mandates. Despite the meticulous planning efforts culminating in the adoption of these plans last July, the landscape has shifted due to the requirements of Bill 44.

Under the new legislation, single-detached lots in Brookswood-Fernridge are now mandated to accommodate at least four dwelling units, presenting both challenges and opportunities for developers and stakeholders alike. This necessitates a thorough review and amendment of existing plans to ensure compliance while addressing infrastructure, amenities, and community needs.

At the January 29, 2024 council meeting, decisive action was taken to update the neighbourhood plans to reflect the new legislative framework. This directive not only aims to bring the plans in line with provincial requirements but also underscores the commitment to responsible development and community welfare.

For investors eyeing opportunities in Brookswood-Fernridge, staying informed is key. The revised neighbourhood plans are slated for completion by the end of the second quarter of 2024 ( July 24, 2024), paving the way for informed decision-making and strategic investment.

The Township of Langley provides a dedicated webpage for updates on the Brookswood-Fernridge neighbourhood plans, ensuring stakeholders have access to the latest developments and progress reports. (Township of Langley

As the landscape evolves, proactive engagement and collaboration between local authorities, developers, and the community will be essential in unlocking the full potential of Brookswood-Fernridge while ensuring sustainable growth and livability for all residents.

Stay tuned for further updates as we navigate this exciting chapter in neighbourhood development! (Township of Langley