Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Join a Langley City Committee to Get Involved and Feel a Part of the Community

2019 Crime Prevention Committee members getting ready for Know Your Neighbour.

When I first moved to Langley City, I wanted to get involved in the community. The genesis of this blog was to support the Valley Transporation Advisory Committee in promoting the reactivation of the interurban railway. This group was a grassroots. I also volunteered to join Langley City's Parks, Environment, Arts, and Culture Committee around the same time.

Being a part of the grassroots and official City committees made me feel like I was truly part of the community and was fulfilling.

If you want to get more involved in the Langley City community, consider joining one of Langley City's volunteer committees. These committees make recommendations that feed directly into Langley City Council's decision-making process.

Currently, Council is looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees for a one-year term starting in January 2024.

Environmental Sustainability Committee: Provides advice to Council on environmental issues and trends. The committee is also hands-on, promoting environmental stewardship and awareness in the community.

Arts, Recreation, Culture and Heritage Committee: Provides advice to Council, including making recommendations on arts, cultural, and heritage initiatives and programs that Council should consider implementing. Examples include making recommendations on public art installations or heritage signage installed throughout the community.

Crime Prevention Committee: Creates and shares messages about preventing crime in partnership with the RCMP. This committee is actively involved in community engagement, including attending events, going door-to-door, and raising awareness about what people can do to prevent crime.

Advisory Design Panel: Provide advice to Council on the design of new development proposals in Langley City, evaluated against the City's Official Community Plan. If you are passionate about architecture and how buildings interact with the street and its neighbours, this is the committee to join.

Board of Variance: Unlike other committees, this is a three-year appointment. The Board of Variance is an independent body that addresses requests to relax regulations around the siting and size of the buildings where compliance with the City's zoning bylaw creates "undue hardship." Council cannot overrule this board's decisions.

For more information, including how to join, please visit Langley City's webpage "2024 Board, Panel and Committee Volunteers Wanted!"

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