I watched the Township council meeting video of a Brookswood variance application [Variance denied, Sept. 11, Langley Advance].
As a person experienced with all kinds of variances, it was daunting to see the amateur hour that ensued.
This was a setback variance that any prudent person should seek, and such variances are normally routinely approved on staff recommendation.
The owners were simply trying to position their house in the corner of their acreage to the best use of the land in the event of future subdivision.
We did the same thing on our acreage in Brookswood with our house 12 years ago and our workshop eight years ago. Itâ€™s only lack of forethought and poor planning to ignore future subdivision, especially when itâ€™s not in the ALR.
The circus began with an entourage of activists taking turns complaining to council with trumped-up nonsensical complaints.
The disgruntled group was headed up by Brookswood anti-development protestor Anna R. (who refuses to give her last name and address).
The simple variance could not have affected or had anything to do with those dissidents.
Now I see that Anna R. is part of the political group calling themselves â€œUnelection Campaign,â€ back-groomed by ex-mayor Rick Green. It looks like the wannabe politicoâ€™s were trying to create campaign issues with this taxpayerâ€™s single-family house.
If this is an example of their idea of how to treat people, lobby, or govern, this voter has had enough already.
Iâ€™m not impressed by the way council acquiesced and went out of their way to please the protestors, either, (with the exception of Councillor Grant Ward and Mayor Jack Froese).
Election time is often referred to as the â€œsilly season,â€ during which politicians can behave in very strange ways, scheming for votes rather than doing Township business responsibly.
Roland Seguin, Brookswood/Fernridge