“Langford’s Bear Mountain Interchange: Urbanization on the Western Frontier and the Blurring of Public and Private Interests.” Prepared for West Coast Environmental Law. December 2007. Read Here (2.6MB PDF)
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a series of backroom manouevres and public and private decisions transformed Langford’s Skirt Mountain, elevation 347 metres (1138 feet), into a Whistler-esque golf resort and subdivision with a projected build-out valued at $2.5-billion. Forest and wetlands gave way to manicured fairways, a “village centre,” and million-dollar homes. Traffic congestion worsened as development increased. The Bear Mountain Interchange proposal came to the fore.