Wednesday, July 12, 2023

July 10 Council Notes: Conversion of Rural Land in Metro Vancouver. Redevelopment Projects in City.

On Monday, Langley City Council held its regular meeting after a public hearing. There were three significant matters on the agenda.

In May, I posted about a proposal to convert 4.12 hectares of land at 23699 and 23737 Fraser Highway in the Township of Langley from the regional Rural land-use designation to the Industrial regional land-use designation.

One of the goals of the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy is to preserve rural, agricultural, and green space. One of the ways to do this is with regional land-use designations. Changing a regional land-use designation requires the approval of the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board. The board has its membership appointed by Tsawwassen First Nation, the 21 municipalities in our region, and Electoral Area "A."

Part of proposing a change to a regional land use designation is to seek feedback from all governments within and adjacent to the regional district. As such, Langley City received a letter from Metro Vancouver asking to provide feedback on this proposed conversion of rural land to industrial land. Langley City Council asked our City staff to prepare a response letter.

Langley City Council gave first and second reading to a rezoning bylaw which, if approved, would enable the construction of a 6-storey, 75-unit apartment building.

A rendering of a proposed building at 20214 & 20224 54A Avenue. Select the image to enlarge.

This building, if approved, would replace two purpose-built market-rent fourplexes. As such, it is subject to Langley City's one-for-one market-rent replacement policy and tenant relocation policy.

Staff will now schedule a public hearing.

Council also gave final reading to discharge a land use contract and issue a development permit to allow the construction of a 6-storey building with 200 apartment units and 16,340 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space at 20785 Fraser Highway. You can read more about this project in a previous post.

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