Monday, May 28, 2012

Development along 200th Street

Township of Langley Council passed a motion to look at 200th Street as a high density corridor a few years ago though this initiative hasn't really gotten off the ground. The Township finds itself in a bit of a catch 22. Without density TransLink (on a good day) will not provide service, but without transit it’s harder to make the case for density. Of course a lack of transit should not be used as an excuse to prevent an area from becoming pedestrian and cyclist friend. Recently a proposed office development at 8506 200 Street came to Public Hearing in the Township.

Proposed Development at 8506 200 Street

Site Plan

The development is consistent with the current plans for 200th Street, but one of the alarming "features" of this project is the huge parking lot. Research shows that large parking lots are right up there with blank concrete walls in dissuading people from walking or cycling. In the City of Langley, for example, all residential parking is essential required to be underground. This creates a pedestrian friendly environment. The Township should seriously look at making structured parking a requirement for areas like 200th Street which they eventually want to see transformed into an urban corridor because right now it seems like more land is being wasted on parking than actual buildings which generate jobs for people and income for the municipality. The Township should also consider free-market priced on-street parking to ensure that retail businesses always have some spots available along their block. Interesting enough, on-street parking actually makes pedestrians feel safer because it provides a buffer between them and busy traffic.


Blair said...


With all due respects there are two issues with your posting the first is the cart before the horse. If you want people to develop in a world without transit then you are going to have to allow parking. To require someone to build with parking is a joke.

Moreover, for a professional building 127 spaces is already a tiny number. We are talking 36,000 sq ft of building here with three stories. professional clients do not come by bus. Even in Vancouver where density and bus numbers are huge companies cannot afford to use transit for most commercial/professional meetings.

Nathan Pachal said...

Yes parking is important and I was talking about the benefits of structure parking and on-street parking.

You are right that some parking is always needed clients, but as someone that works in Downtown Vancouver, you'd be suppressed at who actually takes transit.