Thursday, February 29, 2024

February 26 Council Notes: Daycares in Downtown, James McMillan's 1824 Portage, and Socio-Cultural and Economic Development Advisory Committee

Over the last few days, I've posted about some of the things addressed at Monday's Langley City Council meeting, including third reading of the 2024 budget and issuing a development permit for an industrial building project. Today, I will highlight the remaining items in that meeting.

Over the last year, we've seen a clustering of daycares in the Fraser Highway One Way area. By law, daycare facilities must usually provide on-site, outdoor play areas. We have many examples of this throughout our community. A daycare provider can apply to Fraser Health for special permission to use an outdoor play area not connected to their daycare. Fraser Health has allowed Douglas Park to be that play area for several Fraser Highway One Way facilities, which is less than optimal. The Downtown Langley Business Association sent a letter to Council asking that the City look at daycare requirements and zoning in the Downtown area. At the meeting, Langley City staff said they would be investigating this request.

At the meeting, Council also gave final reading and issued a development permit for a 5-storey, 93-unit rental apartment building at the corner of 53rd Avenue and 201A Street. You can learn more about this project in a previous post.

Council also received a presentation from the Living Arts Society. They are looking to put on an event at Portage Park and the Michaud House to celebrate James McMillan's 1824 expedition to find a suitable location for what is now Fort Langley.

In December, Langley City Council approved creating a new Socio-Cultural and Economic Development Advisory Committee. On Monday, Council released the names of people appointed to the committee. You can read the complete list on Langley City's website.

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