Possible Solutions to the Ever So Frightening Inclining Rate of Urbanization

1. In Langley (Willoughby area), what are the plans for insertion of new roads to amend the sudden increase in houses?
2. What are the possible social services, such as hospitals and schools, going to do in order to fit an abundant amount of people within their buildings?
3. Where are these hospitals, schools, and stores going to be placed and when will they be finished?
4. With Langley being suddenly attacked with so much urbanization and relocation, where would be the next area that people might move to?
5. The rate of new houses being built does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, thus, when will it start to cap off?
6. Is the City/Township of Langley targeting to become an urban area such as Surrey?
7. What do the city planners have in place to make all these drastic changes in such a short amount of time?
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Answers from the Deforestation Expert

1. How will deforestation effect our lives as humans?
Deforestation affects our lives by reducing CO2 for our air, increased desertification, increased flooding events, decreased sense of place with impacts to the natural surroundings, increased temperatures, land loss of natural wind. All of these have mental, physical, and emotional health implications.
2. Where would the organisms inhabiting in those areas go due to the cut down of trees?
Wildlife will move to more dense areas as they so please. If you look at the case of Banff, where they removed a lot of the forest for mobility of tourists, the wolves, bear, moose etc. moved out of the area, leaving the elk within the park, causing an overpopulation, and a hazard to the natural ecosystems. Bear require great areas of migration, hunting, and foraging, so when loss of their habitat occurs, they struggle to find new habitat. Birds migrate and don’t return, small amphibians lose critical habitat, and organisms such as worms, beetles, etc. have harder times with the loss of roots, soil, shade and protection, and water. Moreover, the infringement into habitat is when wildlife-human interactions increase and pose threats to humans i.e. cougars, bear, moose etc.
3. In regards to the ecosystem and reforestation, are there any signs of recovery?
With the loss of forests there is no recovery unless those forests are replanted. Forest ecosystems are intricate layers. Starting with the smallest plant, to medium sized bushes, to trees, not to mention the soils, the water, the storage of carbon, and so forth. Loss of one plant species can destroy the ecosystem.
4. What is the most lingering/largest problem associated with deforestation?
Aside from the lack of trees? There are several. In the urban context, the loss of forests increases water run-off onto roads, soil erosion, protection from wind, protection from wildlife, and the increased temperature due to the creation of Urban Heat Islands. What is the largest? This really is a matter of perspective. If you are a nature lover, it may be culturally and psychologically impacting. If you are a lover of environment in general then the loss of such ecosystems will greatly alter the local weather, increase chances for flooding, soil erosion, contamination to water and water bodies, and more. There are so many lasting problems with deforestation, that are ultimately examined in several studies.

Langley Planning Questions and Answers

Langley Planning Questions and Answers
  1. Is urban deforestation a concern for you when a new development is built? The Municipal Code requires some level of tree protection. 
  2. Where do you plan on replacing the trees that are cut down while developing an area /how soon after development does this happen? Replacement trees are supposed to planted on the site from which they are removed.  Typically the replanting would occur after the development is completed.
  3. Does any money that is made during development of a townhouse, condo, recreation center,m etc. go towards replacing the trees that have been removed? It is the developer’s responsibility to plant the replacement trees.
  4. What do you believe are the consequences of deforestation? Trees provide valuable functions – wind break in the winter, shading in the summer, takes up water from surface run off, air quality, carbon sequestration.
  5. Is it necessary to take up so much land during development? Can we not build tall skyscrapers rather than wide, land-consuming townhouses? Skyscrapers are not appropriate in this context.  Small multi-family forms of house, clustered housing, smaller building foot prints are more appropriate forms of development and can reduce the number of trees removed during development.
  6. Is population growth responsible for urban deforestation in Langley?Population growth is not.  Land development and homeowners concerned about damage to person and property result in trees being removed. Not all tree species are suitable for small lot development.
  7. Besides home development, is there any other cause permitting deforestation to occur in Langley? People seeking views and personal aesthetics.
  8. Interesting fact we found when speaking with the Langley Planners– They had no idea of the current rate of deforestation in Langley.

Interview With George Kozlovic

Interview With George Kozlovic

The group had a chance to sit down with a very well established member of the Langley school board, The principal of Walnut Grove Secondary, George Kozlovic (@Kozman71). We asked many important questions revolving around the circumstances that the kids of Langley are facing in the upcoming years. When asked if the school board has any concrete plans with the schooling development he responded with a better answer then what we had intended. As for Walnut Grove he basically gave us the conclusion that it will not grow in size as the development in the city is finished. When it came to over the over pass he kept it short and simple by telling us there is a plan in place that would turn mountain into a middle school (along with cedar creek which is already over full in the first 2 years) so it would house students grade 6-9. At the point this would all come into play once the building of the new high school is finished. The location is still undecided and so is the whole plan as nothing is signed or formally 100% but if so this new  school would be students aged grade 10-12 which would take away the overflow from other schools in the area. When asked what he thought about the Surrey school board trustee demanding all the development of housing be postponed until more schools are built, he liked the idea that she is taking in the education of the students in hand but made it clear that no matter what construction will continue one way or another so although he likes her intentions he believes it is not realistic. The group as well as Mr. Kozlovic both agree that the city of Langley have not prepared in a way that is beneficial for the people, retaining around hospitals, clinics, roads, basically everywhere possible they looked at langley as the farming community that it was in the past and not the modern over crowded suburbs that it has came to be today.

 

What the kids of Willoughby need

What the kids of Willoughby need

The people and children of Willoughby need education. The city of Langley only planned in the present and did not prepare themselves for the future and now they truly are paying for it. As Langley continues to grow and flourish with population so does there need for schools in the community. Currently in the catchment the only high school available is R.E Mountain Secondary which currently is reaching its limits already so the need for a new high school is at its climax. The next school in line to help with the support of mountain would be Langley Secondary which is quite a distance for most. Education in the youth is most important so depriving these kids of the proper learning is not what this city needs.