municipal politics

Developers have widened parts of 208th Street in Willoughby, but the road still narrows to two or three lanes for much of its length. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

No money in 208th widening account yet, Township says

Councillors clashed again over the timing of widening the Willoughby road

Developers have widened parts of 208th Street in Willoughby, but the road still narrows to two or three lanes for much of its length. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)

Library possible for new development in Willoughby

Township council has yet to approve plans for a new library

Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley Township council has begun debating next year's municipal budget. (Langley Advance Times files)

New taxes, levies, or cuts considered in next Langley Township budget

COVID-19 has put a strain on some areas of the budget

Langley Township council has begun debating next year's municipal budget. (Langley Advance Times files)
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press Media files)

Judge hears Langley development case that could end in mayor, councillors booted out of council

The conflict of interest case was launched by local voters a year ago

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press Media files)
Langley City council voted to appoint councillor Gayle Martin (R) to the Metro Vancouver board of directors in place of mayor Val van den Broek (L). The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of council on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (file)

Langley City mayor says her removal from Metro board of directors is example of continued in-fighting

‘I’m not the mayor they wanted’ Val van den Broek says of the council members who voted against her

Langley City council voted to appoint councillor Gayle Martin (R) to the Metro Vancouver board of directors in place of mayor Val van den Broek (L). The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of council on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (file)
Langley City Hall and Timms Community Centre. (Langley Advance Times files)

COVID money comes to Langley City and Township

Millions of dollars in federal funding is arriving

Langley City Hall and Timms Community Centre. (Langley Advance Times files)
Fort Langley Cemetery was created as a local community burial plot in 1881, and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

Council mulls allowing mausoleum in old Fort Langley cemetery

Councillors had some concerns about the possibility of a new way to inter families

Fort Langley Cemetery was created as a local community burial plot in 1881, and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley City Hall and Timms Community Centre. (Langley Advance Times files)

No tax exemption for Langley City’s Food Bank

Council couldn’t agree as there’s no official policy on the annual tax breaks

Langley City Hall and Timms Community Centre. (Langley Advance Times files)
Former Langley Township councillor and RCMP officer Grant Ward has died at the age of 80. (Langley Advance Times files)

Longtime Langley Township councillor Grant Ward dies

The former councillor served for a dozen years under three mayors

Former Langley Township councillor and RCMP officer Grant Ward has died at the age of 80. (Langley Advance Times files)
Township of Langley Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley LED project set to move ahead if no voter opposition

The Township will borrow $4.3 million and slash its street light electricity bills in half

  • Aug 20, 2020
Township of Langley Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)

Tree roots cause sewage chaos for Langley family

The Murrayville homeowners asked for the removal of a willow tree on Township land

Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Lily Nurse, three, was one of the youngest protesters at a Climate Strike event at the Township Civic Facility last year. The Township is now moving ahead with a climate action plan. (Langley Advance Times files)

Township council mulls climate action costs

Public consultation begins later this year on a 20-year plan to cut carbon emissions

Lily Nurse, three, was one of the youngest protesters at a Climate Strike event at the Township Civic Facility last year. The Township is now moving ahead with a climate action plan. (Langley Advance Times files)
Residents of the Fort checked out information and this mock-up of a possible future cultural centre during an open house in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)

Home demolitions step towards new Fort Langley museum

Township council voted to remove seven houses near the Langley Centennial Museum

Residents of the Fort checked out information and this mock-up of a possible future cultural centre during an open house in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Public, media blocked from council meetings in northern B.C. town for months

Other councils in region use video conferencing, as government says cities required to follow transparency rules

Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Councillors spar with developer over Willoughby shopping site

Councillors spar with developer over Willoughby shopping site

Council argued over density, mixed-use, and the definition of “strip mall” on Monday

Councillors spar with developer over Willoughby shopping site
Crews were on scene on Tuesday, May 26 demolishing buildings at Glover Road and Church Street in Fort Langley. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Buildings demolished in Fort Langley core

The site at Glover and Church street has been proposed for eventual development

Crews were on scene on Tuesday, May 26 demolishing buildings at Glover Road and Church Street in Fort Langley. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Langley pubs, restaurants can expand patios

Langley pubs, restaurants can expand patios

Council approved a plan for more spread-out outdoor dining

Langley pubs, restaurants can expand patios
Langley craft beer brewers are asking for bigger patio spaces so they can serve people during COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

UPDATED: Township council to debate bigger patios for restaurants Monday

Breweries and restaurants are seeking more space for physical distancing their patrons

Langley craft beer brewers are asking for bigger patio spaces so they can serve people during COVID-19. (Photo submitted)
Langley craft beer brewers are asking for bigger patio spaces so they can serve people during COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Langley craft brewers call for looser restrictions for summer patios

More outdoor space could mean more places to safely seat customers, say beer makers

Langley craft beer brewers are asking for bigger patio spaces so they can serve people during COVID-19. (Photo submitted)
Township of Langley civic facility. (Langley Advance Times files)

$48 million drop in revenue forecast for Langley Township in 2020

Council could face 25 per cent of property owners not paying tax this year

Township of Langley civic facility. (Langley Advance Times files)