Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 7, 2018 Council Meeting Notes: Financial audit gives city clean bill of health, and development projects continue

On Monday night, Langley City’s council met for a public hearing and a regular council meeting. I’ve posted about some of the major items covered at these meetings including pending changes to our Parks & Public Facilities Regulation Bylaw, and infrastructure investments. Today, I will cover the remaining items from Monday night.

The first item covered at the public hearing was for a proposed 3-storey, 23 unit townhouse project at 20689 and 20699 Eastleigh Crescent.

Rendering of proposed townhouse project along Eastleigh Crescent. Select image to enlarge.

The proposed development has both double-wide and tandem parking garages. One person spoke to the development proposal. This person was concerned about tandem parking; that people would choose to park their second vehicle on the street. The person also questioned how people would use the roof-top patios which are proposed for the development.

As our community continues to grow, ensuring the fair use of on-street parking will be an increasing challenge. I believe that a parking permitting system to ensure that all residents in an area have equal opportunity for on-street parking access should be considered in the near future.

Council gave third reading for rezoning the property to accommodate this project.

Council also gave third reading to remove the land-use contract for 5139 206 Street to permit a secondary suite. Land-use contracts stopped being issued in BC over 30 years ago.

Council gave final reading, and issued a development permit, to accommodate a 3-storey, 39-unit townhouse project at the end of 199A Street. You can read more about this project in a previous post.

The City’s finances need to be audited every year by an independent third party. The auditor presented their findings at the council meeting, giving the City a clean bill of health. You can download the consolidated financial statements for more information.

On the topic of finances, council must pass a bylaw that aligns the budget and the consolidated financial statements. Council gave third reading to this bylaw for the 2017 budget year. Council also gave final reading to the tax rate bylaw for 2018.

As a housekeeping item, Council gave three readings to a bylaw to update council procedures. The updated bylaw includes new provision on how council members can behaviour at meetings, formal processes, and what time a council meeting ends at.

Finally, council gave three readings to remove a section of road dedication in the lane off 204 Street and Park Avenue as shown.

Site plan including proposed road dedication removal near Park Avenue. Select image to enlarge.

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