Columns: Richter Right About Leaving Metro

By on May 17, 2012

By Mike Archer. Councillor Kim Richter is absolutely correct in her belief that any benefits Langley Township receives or could hope to receive from membership in the Metro Vancouver Regional District are outweighed by costs.

Included in those costs are meddling bureaucratic claptrap that is currently interfering with the Township’s ability ton make its own land use decisions.

Councillor Kim Richter

Metro planning and agriculture committee chairman Derek Corrigan said that the rezoning and Rural Plan amendment bylaws for the university district do not conform to the Regional Growth Strategy, and do not comply with Langley’s own regional context statement.

Mayor Jack Froese

Derek Corrigan, chair of the Metro planning and agriculture committee had a thought. Or rather, his bureaucrats had a thought. That thought was that the Township’s decision to pass a bylaw rezoning 23.4 acres of land to be designated a university district.
Metro has indicated it plans to take TOL to court to quash the TWU rezoning and, as a result, Township Council decided this week to rescind final reading and to try to seek resolution without going to court.

Mayor Jack Froese has stated as strongly as possible that the Township does not agree with Metro’s assessment and Liberal MLA Rich Coleman has said in no uncertain terms that Metro Vancouver is overstepping its bounds.

Since, as Richter has repeatedly pointed out, Metro seems intent on sucking funds out of the pockets of Langley taxpayers to pay for transit improvements in every jurisdiction on the other side of the Port Mann while providing nothing in return, it is about time Langley left Metro.

Richter’s push to bring together other communities who get nothing but grief out of their relationship with Metro to form our own regional district is timely, correct and deserves the support of the rest of council.

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