TWU land-development plan stirs up controversy

August 9, 2013

A plan to turn agricultural land surrounding Langley, BC’s Trinity Western University into a “university district” is drawing opposition from several places. Some Langley residents, Metro Vancouver newspaper and the Agricultural Land Commission are worried because the plan - approved by council in July - would allow massive development, including homes, on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Langley lawyer Clint Lee adds that the privately-run university doesn’t have the money for expansion and that the township is extending special favours to TWU that are not available to ordinary taxpayers. Financial records show debt at the institution climbed rapidly to $41 million in 2012, according to The Province newspaper. TWU's new president, Bob Kuhn, said they have engaged in an "open dialogue" with the township regarding expansion in the decades to come. The Province