Thursday, March 28, 2024

TransLink's Wacky Governance Structure Needs to Change

Spider Man Triple Meme

About a month ago, I was at a Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation meeting where we heard from around a dozen delegations on a specific alignment for a proposed RapidBus route running through Burnaby. Recently, I've received emails from others in Burnaby about this proposed RapidBus project.

I am a member of the Mayors' Council, one of two governing bodies of TransLink, and we've heard many presentations from residents and received many emails about how folks would like to see transit service changed. There is one problem. The Mayors' Council doesn't control the day-to-day operations of TransLink; the TransLink Board does. The TransLink Board is independent and autonomous from the Mayors' Council. The Board is comprised of a majority of unelected folks.

I would bet that 95% of people in Metro Vancouver think that the Mayors' Council controls and oversees TransLink even though we don't in reality. People expect, rightfully so, that democratically elected folks have control over public services such as transit.

Not to get too much into the weeds, but the Mayors' Council is responsible for raising fares and taxes for TransLink and setting the high-level direction for transit and road investments. The TransLink board is responsible for TransLink's annual budget and oversees day-to-day operations. TransLink management is controlled by and accountable to the TransLink board, not the Mayors' Council.

The simplest way I can describe this TransLink governance setup is like the US Congress with its House of Representatives and Senate (if the US Senate was unelected). If things are going well, we slowly progress, but it doesn't take much to jam up the works.

Here is a simple example of the silliness of TransLink governance. The Mayors' Council approved the Bus Rapid Transit route roughly along 200th Street, connecting Maple Ridge to Langley City via the Township of Langley, while the TransLink Board will approve the actual detailed alignment of this Bus Rapid Transit route.

I would have said no if you asked me a year ago if TransLink governance was an issue. Today, I think it is an issue. What brought this to light for me is the process of trying to solve TransLink's pending bankruptcy.

The main problem is that the Mayors' Council is accountable to the public for TransLink, but we are not responsible for its day-to-day operations. Accountability and responsibility have to be linked.

Originally, TransLink only had one governing body comprised of a majority of elected folks. The current governance setup came about when the province and region disagreed on the timing of the Canada Line versus the Evergreen Extension. The province wanted the Canada Line to be built first due to the 2010 Olympics. The province stripped the region of day-to-day decision making over TransLink because of this disagreement.

To set up TransLink for continued success, considering the enormous financial and service delivery challenges we must address, we need to go back to one governing body of elected folks to oversee TransLink to ensure we can move forward in a good way.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Staving Off Transit Cuts for One Year: TransLink's Stop-Gap Investment Plan

TransLink Bus

TransLink provides public transit service in Metro Vancouver, manages certain bridges, and funds major roads, cycling, and walking infrastructure.

While we are now experiencing overcrowding on transit services throughout our region, a significant decrease in gas tax and massive inflation over the last few years combined with post-pandemic-restriction travel patterns means that TransLink will go bankrupt in a few years.

If the mayors were to try to fix TransLink's funding problems on their own, it would mean a 400% one-time TransLink property tax increase, plus 4-5% property tax increases annually in the future after that. Even the provincial government understands that this massive increase is unreasonable. The province government and mayors are working towards fixing this TransLink funding crisis. In the meantime, the mayors and the province are proposing a one-year, stop-gap plan to keep TransLink going, including some modest increases in transit service.

This one-year plan will be funded by a modest 2.3% fare increase this year and a 4% increase in 2025. 50% of households in Metro Vancouver will see a one-time increase in TransLink property tax, ranging from $10 to $91, depending on their home value. 50% of households will pay less than $37 in additional TransLink property tax. TransLink will roll back this property tax increase if the province doesn't come to the table with new funding tools for TransLink within the following year. In addition, the region's mayors would have to start planning for a 50% reduction in transit service in Metro Vancouver. This massive cut is something that no one wants.

This one-year stop-gap plan includes:

  • Addressing overcrowding and increasing off-peak service on about one-quarter of the bus routes in our region.
  • Extending service hours on 11 routes (322, 324, 341, 342, 363, 364, 430, 531, 560, 561, 595)
  • Introducing a new route to serve Surrey's East Fraser Heights
  • Starting the SeaBus 15 minutes earlier on weekday mornings
  • Improving late evening HandyDart service
  • Increasing frequency of the Canada Line during peak travel periods
  • Increasing capacity on West Coast Express
  • Purchasing new buses to support Bus Rapid Transit
  • Continuing zero-emission bus rollout
  • Continuing to fund the Bus Speed and Reliability Program (Bus Lanes, Queue Jumping Lanes, Bus Priority Signals.)
  • Continuing to fund roading, cycling, and walking infrastructure programs

Please read about this one-year 2024 Investment Plan on TransLink's website for more information. You can also provide your feedback there.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Langley City Council is Heading to Ottawa

Some of the most significant challenges facing Langley City and other Canadian municipalities will require support and collaboration with the federal government. Langley City recently applied for funding from the federal government's Housing Accelerator Fund but was denied funding.

We know that one of the best ways to get support from the federal government is to meet with local MPs in person and with other federal ministers, public servants, and members of all political parties.

Given the urgent need for federal investment in housing, infrastructure, and cultural amenities, Langley City Council is heading to Ottawa April 16-19 to advocate for our community.

We have meetings arranged with MPs of all political stripes and staff members of various federal ministries and organizations. However, we've had trouble setting up a meeting with Federal Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Minister Sean Fraser.

We thought we'd send him this personalized, positive video request, which we've posted on our social media channels. I hope we get the opportunity to meet with him.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Listen to My Interview on CBC's What On Earth with Laura Lynch - Get on the Bus!

Nathan pointing at R6 Bus Sign at Scott Road Station

Taking transit is a great way to get around; it helps reduce congestion and keeps our air clean. In fact, even a regular diesel bus with only seven passengers is more efficient than the average single-occupancy vehicle!

Of course, fast and frequent transit service is only available in some places in Canada, and we need to change that.

I was recently interviewed for the CBC show What On Earth with Laura Lynch for their episode "Get on the bus!"

I talked about why transit is vital for urban areas, why transit is good for the environment, how fast and frequent transit works in suburban areas, and what we need to do to keep buses moving through congestion (hint: it's bus lanes). I also touched on some of the transit inequities that exist in Metro Vancouver.

Check out the episode!

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Provincial Government Says "No" to Reducing Wild Property Tax Swings

A Housing in Langley City

Over the past several decades, Langley City Council has advocated for the provincial government to establish two residential property tax classes. The problem in Langley City is that attached and detached housing change value at different rates. When the City increases property tax, sometimes detaching housing owners will see a decrease in City-control property tax while attached housing owners will see a massive increase (or vice versa). Two residential property tax classes would reduce these wild swings.

For more information, please read my post titled "One residential mill rate causes uneven property tax changes in Langley City. Find out why."

Langley City Council has advocated via the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities for the province to have two residential property tax classes. Since I've been on Council, we have received support from the majority of other local governments in the Lower Mainland and BC four times to press the province to create two residential property classes.

Whether former BC Liberal or current NDP governments, the response has always been "no" from the province.

The following is the latest "no" response from the provincial government a few weeks ago.

The market relationship between single family detached) and attached properties may vary year over year and can also be impacted by local and regional factors. Over the last decade, single family dwellings have increased in value more than multi-family dwellings, largely due to rising land values.
Although implementing residential property sub-classes would allow for a more targeted approach to taxation, it would add further complexity to the assessment process and may lead to inconsistency across the province where municipalities differ their approach in applying tax rates.
Government is committed to support people throughout BC and to improve housing affordability for those who need it most. Providing local governments with the tools to shift the tax burden from single family detached homes to denser housing such as condos or townhomes would not align with provincial priorities of affordability or support a progressive tax system.
BC has more property classes than most provinces and is not actively considering creating new property classes.

I disagree that introducing two residential property tax classes would shift taxes to homeowners like myself and most people in Langley City who live in attached housing (multi-family.) Regardless, we've received different "reasons" from various provincial governments over the years on why they don't want to do this.

Over the past two decades, Langley City Council has put in much advocacy effort to help smooth out property tax swings for people in our community. In politics, it's important to understand when you are flogging a dead horse. Getting two residential property tax classes is a dead horse.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

March 18 Council Notes: Official Notice Posting Location, Regional Land Use Change, and Other Housekeeping Matters

Langley City Council addressed several housekeeping items at Monday's meeting.

By default, local governments have to post statutory notices in local newspapers and, if a local newspaper doesn't exist, a regional newspaper. Statutory notices include information about rezonings, property taxes, and annual reports (among other things.)

In the past, every community had a local paper, so this wasn't an issue, but this isn't the case anymore, with newspapers stopping publication at an increasing rate.

The provincial government recently updated legislation to allow local governments to have alternate official statutory notice places besides the local newspaper. Langley City Council gave first, second, and third reading to a bylaw that would update our official notice places to be the City's website, in a display board on the first floor of Timms Community Centre, and a display board on the second floor of City Hall by the Administration Department.

Despite this change, the City would still advertise information in our local newspaper if this bylaw is adopted.

Council also gave first, second, and third reading to update our Council Procedure Bylaw. The bylaw updates included changes to the meeting scheduling process, easing participation requirements for virtual and hybrid meetings, and other housekeeping matters.

Council also gave final reading to adopt our new Development Procedure Bylaw in response to provincial changes that make public hearings illegal for residential rezoning. You can read more about this in a previous post.

Council also received a letter from the Metro Vancouver Regional District about proposed regional land use changes around the Yennadon Industrial Lands in Maple Ridge. Council referred this letter to City staff to draft a reply.

Finally, Council approved a motion about Gaza. You can read this motion on Langley City's website.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Council Notes: It's Spring Banner Time, Organ Donors, and Long Service Award

For the last few years, Langley City has put out a "call for artists" to design our street banners. The City will install Sichen Grace Chen's designed banners throughout Downtown Langley this spring.

Sichen Grace Chen with Langley City Council during her banner presentation. Select the image to enlarge.

Ms. Chen's banner design includes elements of spring flowers, active transportation, and arts, which she said represents Langley City.

The City paid her $1,000 for the banner design, and these spring banners will be installed starting today.

Later in the meeting, Council presented our Chief Administrative Officer with a 30-year long service award, which he received from the International City/Country Management Association.

Council received a late request from the Canadian Transplant Association to appear at an upcoming Council meeting to ask Council to proclaim April 7th as Green Shirt Day in Langley City. Our next Council meeting is on April 8th, so we mentioned this at yesterday's meeting.

Green Shirt Day is "in honour of the Logan Boulet Effect, in support of organ donor awareness and registration across Canada."

As Langley City Council doesn't make proclamations by policy, Councillor Albrecht suggests that City Staff inform the Association to submit a request to light Douglas Park Spirit Square green.

A friend of mine's life was saved due to a transplant. It is super easy to become an organ donor. You can register at

Monday, March 18, 2024

What's Next for the Properties around City Hall and Timms

Over the last several years, Langley City has acquired property around City Hall and Timms Community Centre. This year, people have noticed that the City has started demolishing the older derelict buildings on those properties.

Property that Langley City has acquired in recent years in blue

The funding to purchase these property acquisitions comes from loans and City financial reserve accounts. You can learn more about this in a previous post.

Several folks have asked what the City will be doing with the property in the short- and long-term.

In the short term, the City will use some of the property for parking to support Downtown businesses as the City renews the Fraser Highway One-Way. A section of the property will also become a temporary public park space.

With SkyTrain coming, 56th Avenue may be realigned to form a new road connecting up to 203A Street to support SkyTrain.

A possible road alignment between 56th Avenue and 203A Street in blue

In the long term, the City will use the land to support a new performing arts centre and expanded Timms Community Centre, as noted in the City's Official Community Plan.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Getting Railroaded: Langley City’s Historic Railways Come to Life

Langley City has a few roads that run at odd angles through our community. Of course, Fraser Highway roughly follows old Yale Road, originally a wagon road, which connected New Westminster and the Fraser Valley.

Glover Road connected Langley Prairie (City), the Hudson’s Bay Farm, and Fort Langley.

A few of the roads in Langley City were former railway alignments. The most famous railway was the BC Electric Railway, known as the Interurban, which ran along Michaud Crescent and Glover Road. It provided passenger and freight service from Vancouver to Chilliwack.

While many people know about the Interurban, most don’t know about the Vancouver, Vicotria, and Eastern Railway which ran along Grade Crescent in Langley City. Grade Crescent got its name as it was a railway grade.

A few years ago, Bruce Downing, a Langley City resident and railway buff, approached Langley City about putting up some historical markers throughout the community to highlight our railway history. With the community’s support, this has now become a reality. You can read more about this in a previous post that I wrote.

Langley Prairie Station Langley Heritage Railway Interpretive Sign. Select the image to enlarge.

Hunter Station Langley Heritage Railway Interpretive Sign. Select the image to enlarge.

City crews installed signs about a week ago, and you can now walk the Langley Heritage Railway interpretive routes.

The Interurban route runs from Brydon Lagoon to Michaud Crescent/200th Street and finally to Innes Corners Plaza.

The Vancouver, Vicotria, and Eastern Railway route runs from Condor Park to Sendall Gardens and finally to Iris Mooney Park.

It is supposed to be a very nice weekend, so why not check out these walking routes?

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Up Sh*t Creek: Pet Waste Killing Life in Langley City Waterways

Nothing is more annoying than stepping in dog waste that an irresponsible owner didn't pick up, and in every neighbourhood, there are at least one or two irresponsible owners.

Stepping in pet waste is annoying, but many people don't know dog waste is toxic, just like human waste. We build and use sewer systems to help reduce disease and improve public health.

Dog waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients encourage the growth of algae, which can deplete oxygen out of waterways for fish and other water-based life. This fact is important to keep in mind.

Dog waste also contains bacteria and parasites such as E. Coli and Cryptosporidium.

One of the odd things I've noticed lately is that people pick up their dog's waste, put it in a little baggy, and shockingly throw the waste-filled baggy into creek areas.

The following picture is from Brydon Creek, just off 55A Avenue.

Pet waste bags are thrown into the Brydon Creek protected area, just off 55A Avenue. Select the image to enlarge.

As you can see, people are tossing pet waste-filled bags into the creek. There are signs by creeks in Langley City that include a salmon logo. These logos aren't just for looks; these are active, salmon-barring waterways. I've personally seen salmon in these waterways.

Simply put, dog waste in creek areas kills fish.

If you are a dog owner reading this blog, I'm sure you are a responsible owner. If you have friends who are dog owners, please help spread the word about how toxic dog waste is and that people must handle it appropriately, either through a dog waste disposal service or by flushing it down the toilet. Never toss it into a natural area.

For the City's part, we completed an audit of public disposal bins, and we know they are full of pet waste. The City is working towards better managing this waste in our bins.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Bring Hope to Local Governments: 8-Years of the Toxic Drug Public Health Emergency

In a month, British Columbia will be into year eight of the toxic drug public health emergency. You or somebody you know has likely been directly impacted by this health emergency, whether it has been responding to an overdose or experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Fraser Health Sign

This public health emergency has highlighted and exacerbated existing health and social infrastructure gaps, with local government often trying to plug the gaps.

While local governments are not set up to handle medical public health emergencies or deal with the root causes of toxic drugs, we are nonetheless trying to respond out of necessity.

One clear example is that fire departments are usually the first to arrive on the scene when someone calls 911 and have seen a sustained, significant increase in overdose responses. These calls have stretched many first responders and fire departments to their limits.

Many local government leaders, whether elected representatives or staff members, have felt unsupported and various degrees of hopelessness regarding how to reduce the number of overdoses and related deaths in their communities.

Local Leadership United (LLU) is a Community Action Initiative and BC Centre for Disease Control project that is creating a network for local government elected representatives to exchange ideas, learn, and support each other regarding this public health emergency.

They recently released a report that found local government leaders:

  • Have difficulty understanding local government roles in addressing substance use-related challenges
  • Feel alone in their work in addressing substance use-related challenges
  • Have knowledge gaps on how to reduce harm to individuals and communities due to the toxic drug public health emergency

The LLU has made the following recommendation to support local government leaders:

  • Investing further in dialogue, training and network opportunities that address knowledge gaps, foster relationships of trust and intersectoral partnerships in community overdose response.
  • Investing in granting opportunities that support local governments and partners to build whole-community overdose response: one that allows local leaders to understand their roles, build stronger relationships, and apply a harm reduction approach.
  • Investing in provincial, local, and Indigenous-led anti-stigma campaigns aimed at bringing broader communities into overdose response efforts.

These recommendations will help reduce the hopelessness that many in local government feel and help those in local government work with others to address this public health emergency in their communities, including advocacy to the provincial government to respond to this health emergency in communities throughout BC effectively. There is strength in coming together.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Zoning Bylaw Update Open House - View Presentation Boards

As I posted last week, Langley City is updating our zoning bylaw. Langley City Council adopted the current zoning bylaw back in 1996. I was in grade 7 at the time. I’ve changed since that time, and so has Langley City.

While Council has updated the current zoning bylaw over the last 28 years, the current zoning bylaw is just too out of date to support our current Official Community Plan.

An Official Community Plan sets the vision for the community, including land use such as building types and uses. A zoning bylaw enables the Official Community Plan.

People attending Langley City’s Zoning Bylaw Update Open House.

Last Wednesday, Langley City held an open house to get feedback about what people want to see in our new zoning bylaw. This open house compliments the online survey that the City put out last fall.

Close to 200 people came to the open house; it was great to see folks out. I also know that for many people, it is hard to attend open houses either due to work or other commitments.

An example of one of the Zoning Bylaw Update presentation boards.

Langley City staff have posted the presentation boards from the open house onto Langley City’s website.

If you have questions about the presentation boards or want to provide feedback, please email the Development Services Department at

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Mapping Hazards in Metro Vancouver

In Metro Vancouver, we are subject to several natural hazards, including wildfires, flooding, and earthquakes. The Metro Vancouver Regional District is working on maps highlighting the geographical risks. These maps could help people, including those in government, make informed choices on risk management, climate change mitigation, development, and risk mitigation measures.

The following is a multi-hazard map for Metro Vancouver. It shows areas subject to hazards, which include riverine flooding, coastal flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires.

Multi-hazard map of Metro Vancouver. Select the image to enlarge. Source: Metro Vancouver Regional District.

Grey means none of the four hazards are present. Yellow is one risk, orange is two risks, and as the risks increase, the colour becomes more red.

Langley City is subject to both coast and riverine flooding. A previous blog post explains how the City plans to mitigate this risk in the long term.

For more information, including single-hazard maps, please review the March 8 Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee Agenda starting on page 10.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

March 4 Council Notes: Enhancing Development Application Notice and Feedback Process, 2024 Budget Adopted, Delegation

Monday night's Langley City Council meeting was brief. It started with a delegation titled "Working for Peace in the Middle East." You can request a delegation if you'd like to present to Council. For more information about delegations, please visit Langley City's website.

Council also gave final reading and adopted this year's budget and 2024 – 2028 Financial Plan. You can read more about this in a previous post.

It is now illegal for local governments to hold public hearings for residential rezoning bylaws. As a result, Langley City gave first, second, and third reading to update our Development Application Procedures Bylaw to align with provincial law.

The new procedure bylaw also enhanced how people are informed about rezoning requests, development permits, and development variance permits. At the start of a development application, the City proposes that information signs be posted within 30 days of receiving an application. This change means development application signs will likely be up for months instead of weeks.

The signs will provide information about the proposed application and a unique link to the City's website where anyone can learn more about the application and view drawings. For people without access to the Internet, it will also provide information on how they can view the information in person at City Hall.

A new section of Langley City's website will allow people to track the progress of all active development applications (including when they come to Council for consideration). The section will include drawings and contact information for the development applicant and City staff so people can provide feedback and ask questions.

Council cannot hold public hearings or create new public hearing-like processes. Under the proposed changes to Langley City's development application process, Council will receive a general summary of public feedback and how it has or has not been incorporated into development applications.

The problem with public hearings is that they happen late in the development application process, making it harder to incorporate feedback into a development project's design. By making it easier to ask questions and provide feedback and doing it earlier in the application process, it will increase the likelihood of that feedback being incorporated into a development project's design.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Langley City Council Awards $153,938 in Grants. $34,000 Awarded to Langley Senior Resources Society.

Per a long-stand Council policy, $168,000 of the money Langely City receives from the casino is allocated to community grants annually. Council has provided more than $2.6 million in grants since this program launched in 2006.

This year, the City received 46 applications totalling $304,718.62. Council awards $153,938.62 to 37 organizations that serve our community.

Langley City Council, Langley Senior Resources Society Board Members, and their Executive Director Kate Ludlam at the cheque presentation. Select the image to enlarge.

This year, Council awarded $34,000 to the Langley Senior Resources Society as they suffered a flood due to a break in a fire sprinkler pipe in January. The water caused extensive damage. The building is on City property, which we lease to the Society for $1. The City also helps support the membership subsidy program.

We presented the Society with a big cheque last night (including one that is cashable) to help with their repairs. Council was enthusiastically supportive of helping.

The grants awarded for 2024 are shown in the table below.

Organization Amount
Bard in the Valley $15,000.00
BGC – Boys & Girls Club of Langley $4,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley $2,500.00
Care for Women Foundation $3,000.00
Douglas Park Pickleball $5,000.00
Downtown Langley Business Association - Arts Alive Festival $12,500.00
Encompass – Best Babies $3,000.00
Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) $5,000.00
Langley Community Farmers Market $3,000.00
Langley Community Services Society – Global Fest $5,000.00
Langley 4H District Council $150.00
Langley Flippers Swim Club $2,000.00
Langley Fundamental Middle Secondary Dry Grad $500.00
Langley Hospice Society $1,250.00
Langley Lawn Bowling Club $1,760.00
Langley Literacy Association $2,500.00
Langley Meals on Wheels Services Society $4,513.62
Langley Rotary Clubs – RibFest Langley $5,000.00
Langley Scholarship Committee $4,950.00
Langley Senior Resources Society $34,000.00
Langley Senior Secondary School Dry Grad $500.00
Pitch-In Canada $425.00
PLEA – Children on the Street $1,000.00
RE Mountain Secondary School Dry Grad $500.00
Ron Cares Society – Community Care Kit Program $1,750.00
Rotary Club of Langley $2,100.00
Run for Sobriety Association $1,500.00
Silver Diamond Country Dancers $1,000.00
Southgate Church Easter Event $1,000.00
St. Joseph’s Church – Soup Kitchen $1,000.00
Terry Fox Run $1,300.00
Salvation Army Gateway of Hope $5,000.00
Vancouver Area Youth Arts – Formerly KPU Music Fest $3,000.00
Volunteer Cancer Drivers $1,000.00
Waceya Metis Society $10,240.00
Youth Parliament $1,000.00
Zajac Ranch Society $7,000.00

Monday, March 4, 2024

Attend Open House for Langley City's New Zoning Bylaw

Land-use map for Langley City. Select map to enlarge.

Langley City Council adopted a new Official Community Plan for the City in the fall of 2021. Among other things, an Official Community Plan (OCP) outlines land uses permitted in each part of the City, including the types of buildings. The OCP includes density and height requirements.

Recently, the provincial government has made it the law that local governments such as Langley City must update OCPs every five years and that the land uses and densities in that plan align with provincial-mandated housing needs reports. Housing needs reports outline the housing types a local area needs based on population and demographic projections.

In BC, by right, people can build up to four units of housing on every lot. In Langley City, we are also subject to provincial law around SkyTrain Stations, as we will have two stations (one at 203rd/Industrial Avenue and one at the former White Spot at Willowbrook Mall.) By provincial law, we must allow buildings up to 20 storeys within a 200-metre radius of a station, up to 12 storeys within a 200- to 400-metre radius of a station, and up to 8 storeys between a 400- and 800-metre radius of a station. Provincial law forbids a local government from setting minimum residential parking requirements within 800 metres of SkyTrain stations.

In Langley City, we have the Langley Regional Airport, which, due to federal regulations, requires building height in most parts of the City to be about 15 storeys or less. Federal regulations override provincial law.

The title of this post is about the upcoming open house for people to learn more about and provide feedback on Langley City's proposed updating zoning bylaw.

While the OCP sets the vision for the community, the zoning bylaw gets into the nuts and bolts of implementing the OCP. It includes bike and car parking and loading requirements (where it doesn't conflict with provincial law), rules about how buildings are set back and interface with other buildings, and what uses are allowed within buildings, including types of businesses. Zoning bylaws can also include sustainability and affordable housing regulations.

Langley City is in the process of updating our zoning bylaw and will be hosting an open house as follows:

Wednesday, March 6th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Langley City Hall (2nd Floor)

This open house follows the feedback received at the neighbourhood meetings in October and online feedback received in November last year.

Please visit Langley City's website to stay current as the City goes through the process of updating our zoning bylaw.