“I guess experience can’t be a bad thing,” said former Township Councillor Steve Ferguson.
“After serving 7 terms on council (not continuously), you tend to pick up some knowledge about what works best for the community.”
Anyone even thinking of running this term for Township council needs the time. I retired early from teaching and I believe that a committed councillor needs to put in 40-60 hours per week.
I have attended 90% of council meetings, spending many hours researching the Township’s yearly budget and policy directions.
I have following the Brookswood/Fernridge Community planning process, sitting in on the community workshops, public hearings, and Council decisions.
The same is true for the new Smith and Williams neighbourhood plans.
I have met with Senior planning staff, the Fire Department regarding the audit being conducted, Engineering staff, and recreation staff regarding projects in the community.
Ferguson believes that the next Langley Township Council needs to create opportunities and open new doors for Langley residents.
Housing: Affordable Mixed use Market housing for families and Seniors, Co-Op housing, Co-housing, rental inventory, and much NEEDED subsidized housing. We also need to support those that are homeless and less fortunate. Partnering with B.C. housing, Metro Vancouver, the Federal government, and other stakeholders. Ferguson also is working with Langley residents regarding a proposed Neighbourhood house that would focus around Food Security for residents of ALL ages.
Transit, Roads, and Transportation: 208 street needs to be 4 lanes from 64 to the Freeway. We have to get our fair share of transit for the Langley’s. Even though the future Translink plan calls for Light Rail to the Langley, with Millions of dollars of infrastructure for Surrey and Vancouver. Will they have any money left for the Langley’s?
Ferguson is totally opposed to the Mobility Pricing model proposed by Translink? Langley voted that down once already!
Safety: Police and Fire. Violent crime throughout the region, property crime, Full time firefighters for Brookswood, and by-law challenges for illegal property uses.
The new Marijuana legislation: taking food production out of Langley farms and putting in Cannabis crops has caused odour and noise concerns in Aldergrove. With over 70% of the Township in the ALR, we can’t let Cannabis operations replace our valuable food crops.
Taxes: Keep taxes down: We must find new revenue sources, Attract clean businesses to Langley in Manufacturing and Industry that can not only contribute to our tax base but create opportunities for Good JOBS Close to Home! (Jobs that can support families and purchase housing)
My campaign will be focused on what the residents want. I am conducting a poll on my website, (SteveFerguson.ca), and running the results regularly.
Ferguson is a Rotarian, Board member at the Seniors Center, a former Salvation Army Community Board member, a member of the Aldergrove Legion, and a former Chairman of the Friends of the Environment. He supports the Langley Rivermen, Fibromyalgia organization, Cancer Society, Young Life, Brookswood church, and many other local groups.
Ferguson is married and has raised his three children in Langley.
He can be contacted on Facebook and SteveFerguson.ca