An Agricultural Land Commission map shows the existing ALR boundaries (the green line) where the ALR extends into the Willoughby slope. To the far west of the map is 208th Street, the boundary extends as far as 210th in the west and north to 76th Avenue.

Parkland, development planned for Willoughby’s Tara Farm

The land in the eastern Willoughby slope could become a mixture of development and parkland.

A 52.6 acre property in Willoughby could be subdivided and turned into roads, housing, and a 32.8 acre park.

Langley Township announced the proposal for Tara Farms, at 21198 Smith Crescent, in a press release on Nov. 22.

The plan is to turn the southeastern 32.83 acres of the property into a passive park, with the Township buying it from the current owners for $4.92 million.

The Township’s announcement emphasizes it will preserve a treed portion of the site.

The remaining 19.75 acres would be used for roads and development. Of the land, 4.5 acres would become part of the planned 212th Street Connector, which would be part of a link between 208th Street and 212th Street.

“A number of residents and members of Council expressed concern about this application, based on the forestation of the land, the natural habitat and wildlife it is home to, and its environmental significance,” Township Mayor Jack Froese said in a statement. “If the ALC allows the subdivision to take place, the Township will purchase a large portion of the land so it can be incorporated into the municipal Arbour Ribbon and enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.”

But it will be up to the Agricultural Land Commission whether the plan goes ahead. The property is within the ALR.

The landowner has applied to subdivide the land and have it excluded from the land reserve.

The Township park purchase will only go ahead if the Land Commission approves the subdivision.

The planned development of the remaining lands would result in $1.5 million to $2.3 million in development cost charges (DCCs) being paid to the Township, which would be used to offset the cost of buying the Township’s park portion. The remaining money will come from a parkland acquisition fund and DCC reserves.

Developers pay DCCs with every new development, to pay for new public infrastructure such as roads, water mains, and local parks.


Is there more to this story?

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter


Just Posted

Bobcats, bears, and otters, oh my!

Critter Care Wildlife Society’s 20th anniversary gala set for next Saturday in Langley

VIDEO: Giants draw first blood in Western Conference championships

In Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between Vancouver and Spokane, the G-Men emerged triumphant

LETTER: Thank you Mark for your service and commitment

A Langley City letter writer sends his prayers to the ailing Conservative MP Mark Warawa

VIDEO: Multiple people injured after Aldergrove deck collapses during celebration

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Championship action kicks off tonight at Langley Events Centre

Giants prepare to do battle in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Friday on home ice

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Most Read