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On the Road to Sustainability

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Presentation by Ramin Seifi at South Fraser OnTrax's 2nd Annual Sustainability on the Edge Event.

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On the Road to Sustainability

  1. 1. “SUSTAINABILITY ON THE EDGE II” Ramin Seifi, P. Eng. M.C.I.P. Director, Community Development Division Township of Langley, British Columbia November 20, 2010 On the Road to Sustainability
  2. 2. Presentation Outline  Introduction  History and Background  Regional Context  Local Initiatives • Policy Framework • Systems and Processes • Neigbourhood Planning • Engineering Servicing  Future Focus
  3. 3. Our Mandate: Community Development  Plan, Coordinate and Encourage the Orderly Growth and Development of the Township of Langley
  4. 4. Our Vision: Sustainability  Build a Legacy for Future Generations by Leading and Committing the Community to a Lifestyle that is Socially, Culturally, Economically and Environmentally Balanced.
  5. 5.  Prepare community plans  Facilitate development applications  Report to Council  Identify and secure development prerequisites, inc. servicing  Draft bylaws, policies and procedures  Create public realm and features  Issue building permits and business licenses  Conduct inspections  Re view plans  Provide heritage services  Economic development  Administer DCCs What We Do… Community Development
  6. 6. Birthplace of B.C.
  7. 7. Birthplace of Sustainability….  Local Well Water Supply  On-site Waste Management  Ground Infiltration  Amenities Within Walking  Vibrant Downtown Core  Mix of Housing
  8. 8. Regional Context
  9. 9.  Rich in History and Heritage  Unique identity  Strong Sense of Community FORT LANGLEY SALMON RIVER ALDERGROVE GLOUCESTER BROOKSWOOD WALNUT GROVE WILLOUGHBY MURRAYVILLE FERNRIDGE 272ST 240ST 248ST 256ST 264ST 216ST 224ST 232ST 102 AVE 72 AVE 80 AVE 88 AVE 96 AVE 200ST 208ST 0 AVE 8 AVE 16 AVE 24 AVE 56 AVE 32 AVE 40 AVE 48 AVE 64 AVE Community of Communities
  10. 10.  1974: Agricultural Land Reserve  1993: Rural Plan – 1st of its kind in BC  76% of Land Area  Strong Agriculture Base  Ill-Defined Boundary  Small Farms/Country Estates Buffer  107 km of Interface  $250M Farm gate Receipt in 2010 Community of Communities
  11. 11. Provincial Regulations Official Community Plan Neighbourhood / Community Plans Development Applications Engineering Servicing Plans Financing Tools Regional Growth Strategies Municipal Bylaws (Servicing, etc.) Planning Framework
  12. 12.  OCP Adopted in 1979  Comprised of Several Smaller Community and Neighbourhood Plans  Designates Urban and Industrial Growth Areas  Regional Parks Official Community Plan
  13. 13. Community 2006 2021* 2031* 2051* Aldergrove 12,000 18,500 22,000 25,000 Brookswood-Fernridge 13,000 25,000 28,000 48,000 FortLangley 2,000 3,500 4,000 4,500 Murrayville 8,000 9,500 11,000 22,000 WalnutGrove/NWLangley 23,000 25,500 27,000 48,000 Willowbrook/Willoughby 14,000 58,000 62,000 82,000 Rural 22,000 25,000 26,000 27,500 Total 94,000 165,000 180,000 257,000 Population Projection  105,000: 2010 Estimate  Av. 2.5% Growth Estimated  One of 4 High Growth Muni’s.
  14. 14. 12,441 14,585 15,767 21,936 36,660 44,617 53,434 66,040 80,179 86,896 93,726 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 1956 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 Historic Growth Rates
  15. 15. Rural and Urban Mix
  16. 16. Housing Choices
  17. 17. Photo courtesy of Homestar Building Corp Housing Choices
  18. 18. Housing Choices
  19. 19. Housing Choices
  20. 20. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% GVRD Township of Langley Percentageoftotalunits Single Family All other ground oriented dwellings (i.e. townhouses) Apartments 20 Housing Mix – 2006 Census
  21. 21. Metro Vancouver Livable Region Strategic Plan
  22. 22. 22 Seabus Livable Region Strategic Plan and Transit!
  23. 23. Regional Rapid Bus Transit Plan
  24. 24. Regional Frequent Transit Plan
  25. 25. Regional Transit Network Plan
  26. 26. Regional Growth Strategy
  27. 27. On the Road to Sustainability  Kwantlen, Katzie and the Stó:lo First Nations  Late 1700’s first European settlers  1827: HBC traders establish homes in Fort Langley  1858: BC is proclaimed as crown colony in Fort Langley  1873: Township of Langley is incorporated as Municipality  1910: BC Electric Railway built through the community  1920: Fraser Highway construction  1964: Trans Canada Highway construction through Langley  2001: FCM Partners for Climate Protection – Corp. GHG reduction  2007: UBMC Climate Action Charter – carbon neutral by 2012  2008: Sustainability Charter adopted  2010: Community Energy and Emissions Plan
  28. 28. Sustainability Charter
  29. 29. Sustainability Model http://townshipoflangley.visiblestrategies.com/
  30. 30. High Density Development
  31. 31. Sustainability x Design  Within walking distance (400 m) of key intersections / transit nodes  Adjacent to Highway No. 1 / 200 St. Interchange and Carvolth NP area  Within and Adjacent to the Willowbrook Regional Town Centre  Along 200 Street Corridor connecting Wbk. TC to Carvolth  Adjacent to LEC at 200 St. and 80 Ave.
  32. 32. Smart Growth Principles  Support a mix of uses of land  Create diverse housing opportunities  Strengthen agriculture  Utilize smarter, cheaper infrastructure  Develop well-designed compact neighbourhoods  Provide a variety of transportation choices  Encourage growth in existing and established communities  Protect natural environment  Foster unique neighbourhood identity  Engage the community
  33. 33.  More density = less land needed to accommodate growth  More Open space  Efficient use of infrastructure  Less sprawl  Makes transit more feasible  Less pressures on agricultural lands  More diverse housing forms and affordability  Creates critical mass for transit and other community services Community Benefits
  34. 34. Golden Ears Bridge
  35. 35. Transit Exch.; P&R and Residential Proposed Transit Exchange
  36. 36. Graphics courtesy of wesgroup Transit Oriented Development
  37. 37. Carvolth Plan Update
  38. 38. Integration and Harmony  Routley (2000), Yorkson (2001) and NEGE (2006) Neighbourhood Plans  Individual lot infiltration galleries  1’ - 1.5’ topsoil blanket  Greenway swales  Community sand filter and deep well injection  Green streets and vegetated swales Integrated Stormwater Management
  39. 39. Age-Friendly Planning  Wider hallways and door openings  Lower switches and counter tops  Stacking of closets  5% of Single Family Homes; and Townhouses  10% of all Apartments Adaptable Housing Standards:
  40. 40. Solar Hot Water Ready  Hot water: 2nd largest home energy demand  Average 25% to 30% of home energy use  Single Family homes ready for future solar energy for hot water  Conserve energy and reduce GHGs
  41. 41. Thank You On the Road to Sustainability

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