**February 2021 Update: Langley City Council received the final Housing Needs Report on February 22, 2021, Regular Council Meeting. Local governments are now legislatively required to prepare a housing needs report when updating their Official Community Plan and the report must be updated every five years. The recommendations contained in the City's Housing Need Report will be incorporated into the City's draft Official Community Plan.**
Langley City is growing, and the Nexus of Community vision aspires to shape our community into a more walkable, livable, and sustainable place for all residents! To do this, we’re updating the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw. These new tools will help guide the way Langley City will look in the future, including the homes we build, the streets we travel on, the parks we play in, and the neighbourhoods we live in.
The draft Official Community Plan, composed of the main document and two appendices, has now been completed:
Phase 1 captured the pre-planning work essential to the project's success by completing an analysis of existing conditions and current strategies. In particular, we examined the ways in which the OCP and Zoning Bylaw updates can properly integrate with the City’s existing ‘Nexus of Community’ vision, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, and the Nicomekl River District Neighbourhood Plan.
Download the Background Research Report to learn more about Langley City today and what kind of community it could be tomorrow!
Key Directions Report
We connected with local residents and stakeholders through an online survey, a housing forms workshop, an open house, and stakeholder working sessions to collectively develop a bold new vision for Langley City. Building off over 1,000 individual interactions over this time, a Key Directions Report was created to detail the results of this engagement process and help shape the content of the new Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw.
Recommendations in the Key Directions Report include:
- Broadening the type and tenure of housing units;
- Leveraging SkyTrain by increasing densities and the mix of uses near future stations;
- A renewed focus on high-quality public spaces;
- Incorporating childcare spaces into new multifamily developments;
- Establishing an “Innovation Boulevard” along Glover Road;
- Protecting and enhancing the natural environment; and,
- Many more!
Previous Land Use Concepts
Two Land Use Concepts have been developed as a part of the OCP update process, one in December 2019 as an outcome of the Phase 1 OCP Workshop, and the second June 2020 concept as a part of Phase 2. The Land Use Concept has been revised further in Phase 3 and has now become the ‘Land Use Plan’ (Map 2) in the draft OCP. The draft Land Use Plan can be accessed in the following drop-down menu ‘Draft OCP & Land Use Plan’.
Based on engagement results and technical analysis, the draft land use concept was updated in June 2020, and included the following changes:
- Additional “Transit-Oriented Core” lands between the future 203 Street SkyTrain station and 200 Street;
- Land use designation northeast of 198 Street and 53 Avenue intersection changed to “Low Rise Residential”;
- “Mixed Employment” lands added along Fraser Highway west of 200 Street;
- Identifying additional parks and public open spaces along Fraser Highway and Glover Road; and,
- Updating maximum building heights to reflect Langley Regional Airport zoning regulations and identifying 196 Street “Transit-Oriented Core” area as a “height review area”.
The OCP is composed of a main document and two appendices:
The draft plan represents the culmination of extensive community feedback and technical analysis and proposes a bold new direction for Langley City's future. Informed by over 1,000 interactions with residents and stakeholders over the last two years, the new OCP presents a clear vision for a comprehensive, inclusive, dynamic, vibrant, and prosperous community.
The plan includes new land use direction and a broad range of policies that will help ensure Langley City’s growth is shaped around new investments in rapid transit, public gathering spaces, and a vibrant downtown core.
Watch the virtual open house that was held on February 9, 2021, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, where attendees learned about the draft OCP, asked a planner about the process and the content of this transformative new plan!
Draft Land Use Plan
The June 2020 Land Use Concept has been updated and has now become the Land Use Plan (Map 2) in the draft OCP. Click the following link below to see the draft Land Use Plan and updates made since June 2020.
Phase 4 is about making the final adjustments to the OCP and Zoning Bylaw so they can be guided through a Bylaw adoption process in accordance with the Local Government Act.
Stay tuned for event information!