Housing Development and Planning in the Township of Langley


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Development history, planning, and future focus. The Township of Langley is one of the member municipalities of the Metro Vancouver Region, located approximately 35 km east of Vancouver in the lower reaches of Fraser Valley in the Lower Mainland of BC.

Ramin Seifi, P. Eng.
Director, Community Development Division
Township of Langley,
British Columbia

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  • +/- 300 km2 = +/- 120 sq. miles
  • Sir James Douglas in Fort Langley reads the proclamation announcing the birth of the Crown colony of British Columbia on Nov. 19, 1858.
  • Goal: 1 job per person in the labour force
  • Costs Capacities Locations Connectivity
  • 75% of land mass is in ALR
  • Secondary suites in single family homes Single detached house accounts for about 61.2% of total housing stock (2006 Census)
  • Apartment and townhouses accounted for about 33.2% of total housing stock, according to Census 2006
  • “Moveable homes” accounted for about 5.6% of total housing stock, according to Census 2006
  • The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope – a sustainable social development facility expected to be open in fall 2009 LEED gold certification standards heating, cooling and hot water needs will be supplied by a geo-thermal system high performance envelope and heat recovery ventilation system roof top garden which will provide supplement food for the kitchen
  • Housing Development and Planning in the Township of Langley

    1. 1. Presentation to the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC) Ramin Seifi, P. Eng. Director, Community Development Division Township of Langley, British Columbia November 4, 2009
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction and Background </li></ul><ul><li>Community Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Future Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction Langley in Metro Vancouver
    4. 4. Background The Birthplace of British Columbia
    5. 5. Background Urban – Rural Mix
    6. 6. Background Population Growth – High Growth Community
    7. 7. Background Demographics
    8. 8. Background Household Characteristics Percentage Increase in No. of Households 1961 – 2006 Percent of Persons in Low Income Households 2005
    9. 9. Background Diversified Economy – High Value Agriculture
    10. 10. Background Diversified Economy – Aviation and Avionics
    11. 11. Background Diversified Economy – Employment, Transportation and Logistics
    12. 12. Background Diversified Economy – Education
    13. 13. Background Diversified Economy – Tourism and Heritage
    14. 14. Background Diversified Economy – Construction
    15. 15. Community Planning Livable Region Strategic Plan
    16. 16. Community Planning Township of Langley Sustainability Charter
    17. 17. Community Planning Official Community Plan <ul><li>adopted in 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>amended regularly </li></ul><ul><li>designated urban and industrial growth </li></ul><ul><li>regional parks </li></ul>
    18. 18. Community Planning Community of Communities <ul><li>history/heritage </li></ul><ul><li>each has unique identity </li></ul><ul><li>strong sense of community </li></ul>
    19. 19. Community Planning Rural Plan <ul><li>1974: Agricultural Land Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>1993: Rural Plan – first of its kind in BC </li></ul><ul><li>75% of land area </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture/Countryside </li></ul><ul><li>Small Farms/Country Estates </li></ul>
    20. 20. Community Planning Community Plans (Community of Communities) Official Community Plan Aldergrove Community Plan Brookswood Fernridge Community Plan Fort Langley Community Plan Rural Plan Willoughby Community Plan Walnut Grove Community Plan Murrayville Community Plan
    21. 21. Community Planning Housing Choices – Country/Equestrian Estates Photo courtesy of Homestar Building Corp
    22. 22. Community Planning Housing Choices – Single Family Homes
    23. 23. Community Planning Housing Choices – Apartments and Townhouses
    24. 24. Community Planning Housing Choices – Floating Homes and Mobile Homes
    25. 25. Community Planning Age-friendly Planning – Adaptable Housing
    26. 26. Community Planning Homelessness
    27. 27. Future Focus The Provincial Transit Plan
    28. 28. Future Focus High Density Residential Development
    29. 29. Future Focus Transit-Oriented, Mixed Use Development Graphics courtesy of wesgroup
    30. 30. Future Focus Senior Housing – “Campus of Care” Proposals
    31. 31. Future Focus Housing Action Plan <ul><li>Regional Growth Strategy requires member municipalities to develop Housing Action Plans to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>articulate local housing priorities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assess local market conditions, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>specify strategies to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>meet the future demand for rental and ownership units; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>increase the supply of units affordable to households with low to moderate incomes; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>increase the supply and diversity of the existing housing stock through infill, smaller lot sizes and more compact housing forms; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>secure additional “affordable” rental units for low income households; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limit the loss of existing rental housing stock; and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>identify opportunities to work with other levels of government to secure additional social housing units. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    32. 32. Summary <ul><li>Rich in History </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing and Ample Choices </li></ul><ul><li>High Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Housing for the 21 st Century </li></ul><ul><ul><li>higher density needs public transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public transit needs higher density </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Thank You