On Jan. 25 2016, Sparrow presented a motion to council asking staff to create a report on charging community amenity contributions (CACs) to developers
building new homes. CACs would help growth pay for growth, says Sparrow
"The Township of Langley could be “leaving money on the table” when it comes to funding new community amenities by not implementing a
development fee already used in neighbouring municipalities, says
Coun. Michelle Sparrow."
Sparrow said she doesn’t believe there’s an easy
solution to the problem, as “there is the symptom of some bigger issues going on here.” “If we don’t talk about them, and if we don’t ...
stand up and be brave enough to say what’s
happening isn’t right, then it will just continue to be normal. And it will continue to be allowed as how we should treat each other.”
Langley Township council backs subdivision of former Tuscan Farm
"Opponents of the Tuscan project complained it was another case of building high-density housing on agricultural land and compared it to the controversial Wall proposal near Trinity Western University.
Councillors David Davis, Kim Richter, and Michelle Sparrow, who voted against."
On Nov. 27 2017, council approved 8-1 a motion from Coun. Michelle Sparrow to have staff create a report and presentation on what a Township-wide development phasing strategy could look like.
"She noted that other
municipalities are successfully using development phasing strategies, meaning the Township would not have to “reinvent the wheel.”"
Shelter needed for Langley youth.
"It is important to get the project off the ground right away, Councillor Michelle Sparrow told Township council on Nov. 19. “At the very least we need to get this moving and to get this up and running this winter so that the youth in our community are cared for,” she said. Sparrow brought forth a motion to provide $5,000 from council contingency to match the amount donated by the City of Langley for the project."
Township council grants third reading to the Maple Gardens seniors housing project
“I think that that is something that we’re now going to be offering to even more of our residents and people from outside our community — to be able to come, and live, and age in place in a facility that will really feel like a home to them,” Sparrow said. “And I’m really excited to see it build out, and I think it is something that will be an asset to our community and to the seniors that live in our community.”
Langley Township’s modern-day alchemy
Council's actions help developers turn farmland dirt into real estate gold.
"I give full credit to Councillors David Davis, Kim Richter and Michelle Sparrow for continuing to point out that this particular emperor has no clothes on. I hope their stance on this is remembered favourably by voters next November."
"In a press release issued last Tuesday, Councillor Michelle Sparrow said the simulator will give the Township more input than it would glean from the usual process of public meetings. “Having 30 people at an open house is not an effective measure of public opinion,” said Sparrow.
While certain budget items, such as wages, cannot be changed, Sparrow said information collected through the “Citizen Budget” will give the Township an indication of what people do and don’t want."