Tuesday, November 10, 2015

City of Langley Official Community Plan Update

Last year, the City of Langley updated its Master Transportation Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. Because of the age of the City of Langley’s current Official Community Plan (OCP), an update is required to reflect the content of both of the two new plans adopted in 2014.

Both the Parks & Recreation section of the OCP, and the Transportation section received significant updates.

One of the major goals in the Park & Recreation section of the updated OCP is to enhance trails, paths, and sidewalks in the community. This includes working on developing a trail system along Logan Creek near Kwantlen Polytechnic. It also includes updating wayfinding and trail infrastructure such as lighting, benches, bike racks and public art throughout the community.

Another major goal included in the OCP update is to acquire more parkland for neighbourhoods north of the Nicomekl River. As safety is a major concern in Langley, the OCP also speaks to using Crime Prevention Through Environment Design to improve the safety of all City of Langley parks.

Within the updated Transportation section of the OCP, the biggest goals are to improve the walking and cycling network in the City. This includes expanding both the cycling and sidewalk network, as well as enhancing the quality of existing cycling and walking infrastructure. While the OCP update also includes information about the future transit network, it is the responsibility of TransLink; there is very little the City can do to improve the transit network on its own.

As far as major road widening projects, the OCP identifies sections of 200th Street, the Langley Bypass, and 62 Avenue as candidates. The 50 Avenue/Grade Crescent/200th Street intersection has also been identified for a major upgrade.

The public hearing for the OCP update was last night, and it is very likely that this update will be approved at a future council meeting.

I have shared some of the updated maps from the OCP below.

Schedule "B" - Road Network Map. Blue = Province, Yellow = TransLink Major Road Network, Red = Arterial, Green = Collector. Select map to enlarge.

Schedule "C" - Future Transit Network Map. Rapid transit route and stations along hashed black line. Frequent transit network in blue. Local bus service in green and blue. Select map to enlarge.

Schedule "D" - Parks & Open Space Map. Includes future cycling network. Select map to enlarge.

1 comment:

Tim said...

The roads exist already, the bike network doesn't exist at all. Build the bike network prior to the road widening and possibly the riad widening won't even be required.