Regional role in planning is necessary

In Langley, certain developers can get projects approved, regardless of appropriate planning principles.

Editor: It is interesting that an editorial from the Maple Ridge News, published in the March 27 Times, contradicts the editorial in The Times (March 18) which advocated local government control, as opposed to regional planning.

The Maple Ridge News has it right.  This is especially true when you look at Langley, where certain developers can get projects approved, regardless of appropriate planning principles.

More often than not these developers, with senior administration in the Township greasing the skids, claim that what they are doing is smart growth.

When you look at the Wall proposal and even at the destruction in Willoughby (with, unfortunately, Brookswood next on deck), the only appropriate phrase is “dumb growth.”

Doug McFee,

Langley