Langley City Solutions Tracker 2.0

During the fall 2018 election, I promised to work on solutions to increase safety, improve health, and create prosperity for people and businesses in our community.

Over the course of my second term on council, I will track the progress towards, and in some cases, what is blocking progress towards implementing these solutions. I have categorized these solutions into seven broad categories.

Partnering to Tackle Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Solution: Lobby the provincial government to increase funding for the ICM Team who connects people who are homeless with stable housing, and health & social services
Status: In Progress - A letter has been sent to the province requesting more resources for the ICM team. Community Outreach Facilitator funded in 2019 to develop, coordinate, monitor, and create partnerships with senior levels of government and social service agencies.

Solution: Investigate rental-only zoning along the Fraser Highway corridor to support affordable housing near high-quality transit
Status: Not Started

Solution: Building a supportive housing facility in Langley City to get people off the street.
Status: Not Started

Solution: Create an affordable housing policy, and update zoning to support increasing the number of affordable housing units in our community
Status: Not Started

Solution: Support increasing the number of independent living units for low-income seniors in the area around the Langley Mall
Status: Not Started

Working Towards a Safer Langley City

Solution: Continue to improve lighting in our parks, streets, and walkways
Status: In Progress - LED lighting replacement program to be completed in 2019.

Solution: Investigate gradually moving the Bylaw Enforcement department to a 24/7, 365 model
Status: In Progress - Approved a new bylaw enforcement officer position in 2019.

Solution: Support projects that bring more eyes and ears onto the street
Status: In Progress - In the Crime Prevention Task Group work plan for 2019.

Solution: Increase bike patrols with the RCMP and Bylaw Department
Status: In Progress - In the Crime Prevention Task Group work plan for 2019.

Solution: Increase the number of positive activities in our parks
Status: Not Started

Solution: Work towards increasing fire prevention and suppression services in our community
Status: In progress - Hiring three additional firefighters approved in 2019.

Building a Walkable Langley City

Solution: Continue to implement safer crosswalks including across 208 Street to provide safe school access, and across 200 Street near Penzer Park
Status: Not Started

Solution: Work towards implementing a Grade Crescent Greenway
Status: In progress - Public consultation and planning moving forward.

Solution: Work towards implementing a Michaud Crescent Greenway
Status: In Progress - Public consultation and planning moving forward.

Solution: Support an Old Yale Road Walking Corridor
Status: Not Started

Solution: Increase the amount of sidewalks in our community
Status: In Progress - Duncan Way area sidewalk construction in progress. Funding approved for 206 St sidewalk between 44 Ave and 44A Ave in 2019.

Solution: Implement traffic calming where requested
Status: In Progress - $60,000 in funding available in 2019.

Solution: Implement a trail bridge in the Brydon Crescent area
Status: In Progress - Funded in 2019 budget.

Creating a Vibrant Downtown Langley

Solution: Implement Fraser Highway One-Way project to enhance the public realm and walkability
Status: In Progress

Solution: Invest in more evening and winter programming
Status: In Progress

Solution: Support the construction of a performing arts centre
Status: In Progress - Performing Arts and Cultural Centre Task Group approved in 2019.

Solution: Support the construction of a shared parking facility
Status: Not Started

Solution: Create safe and inviting laneways in Downtown
Status: In Progress - New street lights installed in Fuller Lane.

Solution: Complete the protected cycling network in Downtown
Status: In Progress - Glover Road cycling project moving forward.

Improving Parks and Increasing Green Space

Solution: Increase and enhance our urban tree canopy
Status: In Progress - Funding increased by $100,500 to enhance public tree maintenance in our community.

Solution: Support funding to enhance our parks and park programming
Status: In Progress - Parks maintenance increased by 45,000 and Recreation Office Supervisor position created in 2019.

Solution: Improve lighting and dog off-leash area, including more benches, in Linwood Park
Status: Not Started

Solution: Improve washroom facilities in parks
Status: In Progress - Nicholas Park Washroom will be rebuilt, other park washrooms will be renewed.

Solution: Implement recommendations of the Brydon Lagoon task force
Status: In Progress - Implement floating islands to promote resting/nesting areas for birds in 2019.

Solution: Partner with Fraser Health to reduce the number of needles in our parks
Status: In Progress - Reached out to Fraser Health and its partner organization who provides a program that collects inappropriately discarded needles.

Investing in Basic Infrastructure and Upkeep

Solution: Expand asset management program
Status: Not Started

Solution: Increase funding into the Infrastructure Levy to ensure that basic infrastructure is renewed in a timely fashion
Status: In Progress - Infrastructure levy increased by $75,000 to $954,450 per year in 2019.

Maintaining Langley City’s Sense of Community and Character

Solution: Work toward increasing community engagement and meaningful public consultation
Status: In Progress - Neighbourhood meetings continuing. Public consultation will occur for several key documents such as the Official Community Plan and zoning bylaw, plus for corridors such as Grade Crescent, Michaud Crescent, and Glover Road.

Solution: Support programs that encourage neighbours to get to know one another
Status: In Progress - In the Crime Prevention Task Group work plan for 2019.

Solution: Update Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw
Status: In Progress - A consultant firm is starting work on updating these documents.

You can still read the original solutions tracker from my first term on council.

Last Updates: March 12, 2019

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