Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Council Approves Development Permit for New Industrial Buildings on Production Way

Rendering of proposed project, view from Production Way. Select the image to enlarge.

Recently, Langley City has seen an increase in redevelopment applications in our Production Way industrial area, which is bound by 56th Avenue, 200th Street, and the Langley Bypass. Last night, Council issued a development permit to enable creating a 2-building, 104,205 sq. ft./9,681 m2 industrial development at 5721 Production Way. Development permits govern the form and character of a project, not the height, use, or setbacks.

Langley City's Advisory Design Panel, which reviews most development proposals, provided feedback on suggested changes to the original development permit application as follows:

  • Improve pedestrian access and safety into and within the site.
  • Increase porous surfaces within the site.
  • Update the signage, including keeping the signs on Production Way to a human scale.
  • Increase the landscaping within the City right-of-way to mimic the curve of the proposed sidewalk.
  • Provide more large-canopy and additional coniferous trees.
  • Provide rain shelter/shade structures in outdoor break areas.
  • Provide more secure visitor bicycle parking.
  • Review site large-vehicle maneuverability for safety.
  • Provide more design interest on the building roofs.
  • Ensure sufficient soil volumes for all trees.
  • Update landscape to ensure fire hydrant viability.

Besides changing the buildings' roof designs, the applicant incorporated all the suggested improvements of the Advisory Design Panel.

Council thanked the applicant for incorporating the Advisory Design Panel recommendations.

Council received one written letter from Westman Steel Industries, which is adjacent to the proposed project. They fully supported the project but had some specific construction-related and water-management concerns. Langley City staff told Council that the applicant would respond to Westman Steel Industries to address their concerns.

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