Monday, January 25, 2021

Langley City seeks feedback on draft Official Community Plan and Nicomekl River Neighbourhood Plan

Langley City staff, consultants, and council have been working on a draft updated Official Community Plan (OCP). An OCP is a critical planning document for municipalities in BC. It guides land-use and transportations decisions over many years. It is the framework with which other city plans and policies must align. Such plans include the Parks, Recreation, & Culture Master Plan and Infrastructure & Servicing Master Plan.

Because this is such a critical document, it has taken around two years to update the OCP. There have been several opportunities for people to provide input on the development of the OCP.

Draft land-use plan for Langley City. Select map to enlarge.

The broad themes of the OCP are:

Affordable Living & Diverse Housing for all Generations

  1. Gentle density south of the Nicomekl.
  2. Provide affordable housing.
  3. Transit-Oriented Development.

A Responsive Economy that Creates New Jobs

  1. Support for neighbourhood commercial nodes.
  2. Need banks, cafes, restaurants within walking distance.
  3. Protect downtown Langley’s unique character.
  4. Ensure Langley City continues to be a jobs centre.

A Safe & Inclusive Community Rich with Cultural Destinations

  1. More amenities are needed for a growing population.
  2. Housing and transportation are critical.
  3. Increase social connection.

Environmental Solutions to Fight Climate Change

  1. 82% believe it is important for Langley City to reduce its greenhouse gases and adopt strong measures to address climate change.
  2. Protecting biodiversity and maintaining large trees is key.
  3. Reduce waste, more sustainable transportation, greener buildings.

A Highly Connected City Aligned with Rapid Transit

  1. Prioritize SkyTrain.
  2. Improve public transit.
  3. Safe and comfortable walking, rolling, and cycling.
  4. Vehicle infrastructure is a lower priority.

With the draft now completed, the City is looking to get your feedback.

In addition to the OCP, the City is also seeking feedback on the Nicomekl River Neighbourhood Plan. The Nicomekl River system is an integral part of our community. This detailed sub-plan for the area around the river will form a part of the OCP.

Proposed trail enhancements around the Nicomekl River. Select map to enlarge.

To provide your feedback on one or both plans, please take the City’s official survey at:


Anonymous said...

Another city plan with no mention of increasing core city services. Lots of talk of development and sky train but nothing about public safety.

Nathan Pachal said...

What would you like to see improved in section 3 titled, “A Safe and Inclusive City Rich with Community Amenities”?

Anonymous said...

There is an increasing homeless population in the City but no talk of increasing RCMP. There will be an increase in population with the OCP Plan but yet no planning to increase police or fire services. More highrises, sky train, development will lead to an increase in call volume. Now is the time for the city to prepare for the future not wait and have to react.

Lee said...

The proposed "all-season path" running along the northern bank of the river - how will this path be separated from the residences that back onto the river? As a resident of one of those properties, I'm concerned about how a trail built along the river could lower the value of these properties and introduce new challenges (e.g. trespassing and vandalism).

Nathan Pachal said...

For the all-season path, it is high level right now. When the city put in other paths recently, the neighbouring residents were part of the design process. I believe it would be the same with the all-season path.

I know that firefighting equipment required and access is something that is/was considered.

For policing and fire personal, that is something that needs to keep pace with population growth.

Anonymous said...

Nathan, your absolutely right policing and fire personal need to keep up with population growth but they don’t seem to. Now is the time to plan for the future not once the first train rolls into town.