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.

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