Community opinions sought for new plan

What will Langley Township be like 30 years from now?

What will Langley Township be like 30 years from now?

How will our community look?

Will our children and grandchildren enjoy the same quality of life?

Residents are being asked to consider how they envision the Township of Langley of the future, and their thoughts and ideas will help shape the municipality’s updated Official Community Plan (OCP).

The OCP is a set of objectives and policies that guide the municipality’s decisions on growth, housing, infrastructure, services, and transportation. The current plan is being updated to take the Township through to 2040, and will consider health, diversity, the environment, climate change, and the local economy.

“Public consultation and community input are essential to create the best Plan possible,” said Ramin Seifi, Langley Township’s general manager of engineering and community development.

“Whether you have lived your entire life here, or are new to Langley, we encourage you to get involved and help plan our community of the future.”

Last month, a Langley Tomorrow survey was conducted to collect information from a cross-section of people. Residents were phoned at random to assess the silent majority’s opinion on subjects ranging from transportation and the environment to heritage issues, community planning, and development.

Those who did not receive a call but would like to have their say can do so in a couple of ways.

A series of ‘Setting Directions’ workshops will be held at which participants can identify opportunities and challenges in our community, sketch out goals, and brainstorm strategies to move ahead. All the workshops will have the same format but four sessions will be offered in different locations, at different times.

Setting Directions workshops will be held:

• Tuesday, June 12, 2-4:00 p.m. at Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 – 29 Avenue

• Thursday, June 14, 2-4 p.m. at George Preston Community Centre, 20699 – 42 Avenue

• Thursday, June 14, 7-9 p.m. at Langley Events Centre, 7888 – 200 Street

• Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Langley Events Centre, 7888 – 200 Street

To participate, call 604-533-6154 by Monday, June 11.

The public can also provide input through an online engagement webpage that will be available on the Township’s website from June 6 to 30. To participate and learn more about the OCP update, visit tol.ca/ocp

“This is for the long-term benefit of the entire community,” said Seifi. “We want to be sustainable and leave a legacy we can be proud of. This is about our kids, our grandchildren, and future generations.”

Public input will be compiled and considered by Township planners, and recommendations made to Township Council.