Wednesday, November 22, 2023

November 20 Council Notes: Tenant Relocation Policy Update and Housekeeping for 2024

Members of Langley City Council are appointed to various internal committees and external bodies. An example of an internal committee is the Environmental Sustainability Committee, while an example of an external body is the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board. Every year, Langley City Council renews these appointments. This annual process allows members of Council to switch around these appointments if desired.

At its Monday night meeting, Council renewed all the committee appointments, with the only adjustment being replacing Councillor Mack with Councillor Wallace as the alternate for the Gateway of Hope Community Council. You can download the complete list of appointments from Langley City’s website.

Langley City Council approved the 2024 public regular meeting schedule. The dates are:
January 15, 22
February 12, 26
March 4, 18
April 8, 29
May 13, 27
June 3, 17
July 8, 22
September 9, 23
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 9

These Council meetings all start at 7 pm.

As I posted about recently, Langley City Council is selling the parking lot at the entrance of the Fraser Highway Oneway to enable a development project at that location. The development project, if approved, will be required to provide the same number of public parking spots as existing in the parking lot today. That parking lot used to be a road, so Langley City Council must approve a bylaw to “close the road.” Council provided an opportunity for people to provide feedback on the road closure at Monday’s meeting. No one provided feedback. As such, Council gave final reading to the road closure bylaw.

Langley City Council gave first, second, and third reading to update our Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw. This update is a housekeeping matter to make the fee amounts similar to the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw.

One of Council’s strategic priorities is to update our tenant relocation policy. This policy is applied when purpose-built rental buildings undergo redevelopment. The policy is meant to help people find a new place to live, provide compensation above provincial requirements, and allow people to move back once the project is completed below market rents. Council wants to beef up our policy, and to help, Council approved spending $35,000 to hire a land economist consultant to help us update our Tenant Relocation Policy to maximize tenant benefits.


Nathan Davidowicz said...

Why not just copy the Burnaby policy

Nathan Pachal said...

Burnaby has different land economics, so its policy wouldn't work in Langley City.