Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Langley City Council Adopts Townhome & Plex-Home Best Practices Guide, Lifts Moratorium South of 50th Avenue

Langley City's Official Community Plan's land-use vision includes townhomes and 'plexes along the 200th Street and 208th Street corridors south of the Nicomekl River.

In the spring of 2022, Langley City Council placed a moratorium on townhomes and 'plexes rezoning applications south of 50th Avenue. Council put this moratorium in place due to near-universal concern expressed by people in the Uplands Neighbourhood about how townhomes and 'plexes would integrate into their neighbourhood.

Two of the conditions to lift the moratorium were to create a survey to get feedback from residents, which would feed into creating a best practices guide for townhomes and 'plexes development along the 200th Street and 208th Street corridors. Council adopted this best practices guide at its July 24th Council meeting.

A drawing of how townhouses and single-detached housing can co-exist. Select the image to enlarge.

The best practices guide includes the following sections:

  • Rooftop Patios and Balconies
  • Rooftop Styles
  • Transportation Improvements
  • Green Space and Landscaping
  • Building Heights
  • Building Setbacks
  • Garage Styles and Parking
  • Amenity Spaces

I encourage you to read the Townhome & Plex-Home Best Practices Guide.

The final two conditions to lift the moratorium were to complete a traffic and parking study for the Upland Neighbourhood south of Newlands Drive and east of 208th Street (the study area) and to incorporate any mitigation measures into the City's capital budget.

Langley City staff completed the traffic study and determined that the neighbourhood will need a full traffic signal at 208 Street and 45A Avenue. The traffic signal is scheduled to be operational by April 2024 and funded by redevelopment.

The parking study found there are 120 on-street parking spaces in the study area. The parking study determined there could be a maximum of 59 townhomes or 'plex units built in the study area, which would require 130 parking spots to be included within townhome or 'plex projects. The single-detached houses have 374 parking spots on their lots. There would be 624 parking spots in the study area at full build-out. The math works out to 2.4 parking spots per housing unit in the study area, above the City's requirement of 2 spaces per unit.

As the conditions to lift the moratorium were met, Council voted to lift the moratorium.

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