Mayor Jack Froese of the Township of Langley just announced a Mayor’s Standing Committee on Public Engagement, in response to community concerns about planning in the Township in locations such as Brookswood and Coulter Berry. Susanna Haas Lyons is serving on the committee.

The committee “will review and develop systems for council’s consideration that will better enable the Township to reach out and engage citizens, and to encourage public involvement as the Township develops neighbourhoods that serve the needs of residents now and into the future.”

The six-member committee will have three members of council, Froese, Councillor Michelle Sparrow, who is a member of the municipal Community Participation, Infrastructure, and Environment Committee, and Councillor Blair Whitmarsh.

Community members serving on the committee include Susanna Haas Lyons, Public Engagement Specialist, Dale Ball of the Brookswood Merchants Village Association, and Barbara Sharp, a former City of North Vancouver mayor.

Current plans call for eight to 10 meetings between now and the end of June, when the committee is to report back to council. The first scheduled meeting of the task force is set for Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Salmon River Meeting Room at the civic facility at 20338 65 Ave.

The Committee’s meetings are open to the public and council members.