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One step ahead in Langley offers this feature weekly, call it “At Your Service”.

This is another forum to ask questions of our local politicians on the main issues facing our community and its residents.

Using a basic question-and-answer format, elected officials will be asked one question at a time and will have the opportunity to respond (up to a maximum of 250 words) on that question.

Alternating between elected groups, Langley Township and Township Councils, Langley School Board, Langley MLAs and Langley MLAs each have the opportunity to participate.

The responses provided will be published in full online each Sunday.

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Langley city councilors are asked: With the SkyTrain underway, will future Langley City parking plans include paid parking in certain downtown areas?



Mayor Val van den Broek

A. With the arrival of the SkyTrain (which will allow people to get out of their cars and use public transportation) and the recent approval of our new official community plan, we can continue to move forward with our Langley City revitalization plans.

One of the plans is to use an evidence-based decision-making approach to decide our future parking needs. With the help of TransLink, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and other agencies, we will be carrying out several assessments ensuring that discussions are held with all interested parties.

There are many variables to consider when it comes to parking, such as paid or non-paid options, resident parking areas, parking lots, and many other factors.

It will be a very detailed and lengthy process that will ultimately be part of our entire transportation plan.

The City’s Transportation Master Plan will guide the future of transportation, respond to changing community needs and trends, and create a safe, convenient and accessible transportation system for all users. Your contribution will help shape the community into a more walkable, liveable and sustainable place for all residents and visitors.

Transportation is an essential part of everyone’s daily life – it affects the way we move around the community, determines the look and feel of the surroundings, and the way people interact. Transportation decisions affect the health, environment and economy of a community.

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Councilor Paul Albrecht

A. This is an interesting question that is not really possible to answer at the moment.

Having said that, I will try to provide some insight or thought process for future consideration.

With the arrival of the SkyTrain in Langley City, the dynamics and demographics of our community will change.

We are currently updating our official community plan in anticipation of the types of needs our community will need due to the arrival of rapid transit.

Part of this update is the completion of a comprehensive parking plan for all aspects of our community, not just the downtown business district.

We will look at private on-site parking and parking on public streets in residential, commercial, commercial and industrial areas. This study or report on parking in our community will provide a variety of options for the board to consider.

Until then, it’s too hard to say for sure. I expect the idea of ​​implementing paid parking in our community won’t happen for some time, if at all, and certainly not until the SkyTrain arrives.


Councilor Teri James

A. With the arrival of the SkyTrain, I believe that a comprehensive parking strategy should be developed for the community, and mainly for the city center. This is being proposed as part of the 2022 budget and it is something that I will support.

Parking meters can be suggested as part of the strategy conclusions, and I think this is something we will need to take a closer look at for several reasons.

While downtown parking is still free, there is no doubt that people who take the SkyTrain park their cars in the free parking lot and use rapid transit. Parking is such that it is expensive, and it would be very detrimental to businesses that need parking for their customers.

If we were to build a parking lot to accommodate SkyTrain traffic, there would probably be a cost to park there, but if the rest of downtown is free parking, a lot of people wouldn’t use it.

So while our community is used to free parking and may be averse to parking meters, this is ultimately an option we need to seriously consider if we are to ensure that the parking situation does not escalate when the SkyTrain arrives.


Councilor Gayle Martin

A. Paid parking may be available in Langley City in the future. The City will undertake a transportation master plan over the next year, as well as a study on parking. This will help determine what the needs will be once the SkyTrain arrives.


Advisor Nathan Pachal

A. With the SkyTrain arriving in our community and most areas north of 53rd Avenue, within a 10-minute walk of a SkyTrain station or a short bike ride, one of the best ways to manage parking is to provide safe and comfortable sidewalks and cycle paths.

While some households may have two cars, with adequate infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport, only one may be needed. This strategy will help reduce congestion and fight climate change.

On-street parking is also part of the puzzle, and the City has never done a full parking study for our community.

I look forward to supporting a parking study as part of Budget 2022. This study will review regulations and provide recommendations for loading zones, accessible parking, permitted parking, metered parking, parking at limited time and parking reserved for residents per block.

The study will recommend where to apply different parking management strategies. For example, most areas south of 53rd probably won’t need parking management, while areas right next to SkyTrain stations will need more aggressive on-street parking management.


Advisor Rudy Storteboom

A. Ultimately! Passenger rail service is coming to our community.

SkyTrain will bring a new era of public transportation to Langley City.

The overall business plan for the SkyTrain extension from Surrey to Langley is established. Now the details need to be worked out. Construction of the line is expected to be completed by 2028.

In addition to revenue from paid parking, TransLink’s business model uses part of the regional fuel tax and part of the local property tax, as well as transit fares and a parking tax, to pay for their operations. , their improvements and their expansion.

A TransLink Park & ​​Ride should be included at the Langley Town Center Station site. This would be the parking lot paid by the hour for day trips on the SkyTrain. While there are currently paid monthly parking spots on a Langley City lot, there are no new plans for other paid parking spots in Langley City.


Councilor Rosemary Wallace

A. Like Langley City’s plan to densify the areas of planned SkyTrain stations, a parking strategy could be something City Council is considering, which may include paid parking in certain areas of the downtown area.

The city council could also look into the idea of ​​shared parking during the days that adapts to the different working hours of people.

It is crucial that we look to a future that is less dependent on cars in order to meet the city and region’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Other modes of connectivity could be achieved through a carpooling program and a bicycle rental program in areas in close proximity to the SkyTrain and in some city centers.

As we eagerly await the arrival of SkyTrain, it has the potential to alleviate the stress of those trying to find ways to get to work and be able to travel outside of their own community. .

Buying cars for people is just another added stress.

In the meantime, we must find ways to make transport more accessible and fairer.



Next week’s Langley Township councilors are asked: Should Langley Township restrict residential development in areas prone to high flow, including the Nicomekl, Salmon and Fraser floodplains?


Watch for their responses online next Sunday.



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