Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 19, 2018 Council Meeting Notes: Donating to improve parks, business development, and redevelopment proposals.

Monday night’s Langley City council meeting started with business and tourism-related updates. Discovery Langley City, the new destination marketing organization for our community, continues to ramp up its activities with a focus on encouraging overnight stays at local hotels. Councillor Albrecht noted that social media and web traffic are increasing for Discovery Langley City, with top queries being around things to do and places to eat in our community.

One of the other initiatives of council is regular business walks. During these walks, members of council visit various businesses to keep a pulse on our commercial sector. Councillor Martin stated that several businesses are relocating to Langley City due to our community being at the centre of the Cloverdale-Langley area. Langley City is launching a new series of videos which highlight why businesses choose to locate in our community. These videos are being posted online.

For close to 40 years, Langley City has accepted donations from individuals and originations that want to contribute to a park amenity. These amenities includes things such as trees, benches, panic tables, and drinking foundations. These amenities are generally gifted with plaques dedicated to an individual.

Up to this point, there has been no formal policy in place around these gifts. City staff developed a new policy. As an example, the new policy includes terms which state that the City will maintain gifted amenity for at least 10 years. This policy was approved by council last night.

Council approved a request for the City’s Director of Engineering, Parks & Environment to attend the American Water Works Association 2018 Annual Conference.

Council gave first and second reading to two re-zoning bylaws. These readings will allow a public hearing to be scheduled for these zoning amendments.

The first zoning amendment is to accommodate a 39-unit, 3-story townhouse development at the end of 199A Street.

Proposed site plan for 5520, 5521, 5511, 5501, & 5591 - 199A Street. Select plan to enlarge.

The second amendment is to allow 25% of the total gross floor area of 19868 Langley Bypass (City Square) to be used for commercial tenants that are less than 4,000 sq. ft. Currently only tenants larger than 4,000 sq. ft. are permitted.

Council gave final reading to discharge a land-use contract which was covered at the March 5th council meeting. Council also gave final reading, and issued a development permit for 19753 55A Avenue, to accommodate a 14-unit townhouse development. The public hearing for this proposal was held in October of last year.

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