TWU and the Wall farm


UPDATE: In March, the B.C. Supreme Court rejected Metro Vancouver’s challenge of Langley Township’s decision to allow development of the Wall farm. (The B.C. Supreme Court’s decision.)

There has been tremendous controversy around the development of 65 lots on 20 acres belonging to Trinity Western University (TWU) and 50 acres of the Wall farm on Glover Road and along the Salmon River.

The Salmon River Enhancement Society opposes this development proposal because:

  • This is all prime agricultural land.
  • This development would cause more flooding downstream because TOL requirements do not prevent an increased volume of water downstream. Farmers have put TOL on notice that they would pursue legal action against upstream development.
  • Residents in the area are warning that traffic problems will worsen.
  • Despite widespread protest coming from several days of public hearings, the majority of council members are still pushing this through.
  • Rezoning this property is completely at odds with the ALR, the township’s Official Community Plan, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy (which TOL approved), and all good planning principles.
  • TOL taxpayers will have to pay extraordinary expenses for the legal battle with Metro Vancouver over this issue.
  • This development represents spot zoning and the thin edge of the wedge because there will be growing pressure for more ALR land to be developed.
  • The Wall farm subdivision, touted as part of a “university district” is no such thing. It has no physical access and only indirect proximity to TWU.
  • The rural character of this area will be lost with this development.

The Wall family has promised 50 acres to the township if this proposal goes ahead. However, these 50 acres are already protected from development by stream protection rules so there is no advantage to the township.

TWU/Wall farm development timeline

News reports

Did Trinity Western University Kill the Livable Region?
South Fraser Blog, March 14, 2014

Langley Township lauds Wall Development court ruling
Langley Advance, March 13, 2014

Vancouver Sun, Oct. 11, 2013

Official Community Plan passes over objections to Wall farm development
Langley Times, July 24, 2013

Metro Vancouver takes Langley Township to court over growth plan
Langley Times, July 16, 2013

Langley plans urk Metro Van
Langley Advance, June 20, 2013

Councillors at odds over outlying area: The plan to create a university district again saw councillors split into two camps
Langley Advance, Nov. 22, 2012

The Township of Langley’s proposed University District
The South Fraser Blog, Nov. 22, 2012

Langley Advance, Jan. 19, 2012