Wednesday, September 27, 2023

September 25 Council Meeting Notes: More Housing Approved, McBurney Plaza Renewal, Other Matters

On Monday night, Langley City Council gave third reading for a rezoning bylaw that, if approved, would allow for the construction of two 6-storey apartments with 171 units at 20659-20679 Eastleigh Crescent. You can read more about this project and its public hearing in a previous post. Rezoning bylaws require four readings. Council only considers the fourth and final reading once an applicant has completed all of Langley City's preconstruction planning and engineering requirements. These requirements also include paying fees and deposits. There is usually a gap of a few months to a year before final reading, depending on the applicant's speed.

Council also gave final reading and issued a development permit to construct a 6-unit townhouse at 20816 45A Avenue. This development was subject to great concern and feedback from people living in the surrounding neighbourhood. This concern led to Council placing a moratorium on redevelopment in the area until parking and traffic could be addressed, and a best practices guide for building Townhouses/'Plexes was created. As these conditions have been met, Council lifted the moratorium in August.

Later in the meeting, Council approved tendering a contract for $679,781 to Cedar Crest Lands (BC) Ltd. This tendering enables replacing the wood decking with new concrete pavers, concrete substructure, wood benching, tree preservation and planting in McBurney Plaza. The current wood deck is deteriorating and slippery.

Council provided an opportunity for people to comment on an amendment to our 2023-27 Fiancnail Plan. I posted about this amendment previously. There was no feedback. Council gave final reading to the amendment.

Council also approved the Deputy Mayor schedule for 2023-24 as follows:

November 1 - December 31: Councillor White
January 1 - February 28: Councillor James
March 1 - April 30: Councillor Mack
May 1 - June 30: Councillor Albrecht
July 1 - August 31: Councillor Solyem
September 1 - October 31: Councillor Wallace

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