Langley – On Monday, Langley City Council formally adopted a financial plan amendment that will ensure key initiatives of the City’s vision move forward in 2019.
“Council’s decision means we can now begin putting the vision into practice,” explains Francis Cheung, Chief Administrative Officer for the City. “These six initiatives are key to reinforcing the vision cornerstones of community, connection, experiences and integration, and that’s great news for everyone visiting, living or working in Langley City.”
The six initiatives, which are part of the amended 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan, are:
- Update the Official Community Plan to reflect future rapid transit, with consultation on new zoning and design elements to support housing, commercial development and pedestrian-friendly community hubs;
- Update the Zoning Bylaw to be aligned with the objectives and policies of the new Official Community Plan;
- Create a Nicomekl River District Neighbourhood Plan to guide redevelopment along the river;
- New Transit Hub Design that will transform the existing Logan Avenue exchange into a transportation hub for B-Line and rapid bus service that connects the rest of the region to Langley City;
- Complete a Performing Arts Centre Feasibility Study with a detailed market analysis that will refine the project scope; and,
- Establish a Prosperity Fund for future land acquisitions that will ensure the City can act when strategic land parcels become available and other strategic initiatives to support the vision.
Council adopted the vision in July 2018 in recognition of Langley City’s unique opportunity to capitalize on the fixed rail rapid transit line that will be arriving in the coming years. The vision builds on Langley City’s role as a nexus—a meeting place that connects the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver. The vision process included considering input from community members, detailed research, and advice from a panel of experts in city planning, placemaking, wellness and health, development, education, social services, sustainability, tourism, business and disruptive change. A living vision, annual progress updates are planned as a regular Council agenda item.