Everyone knows that Metro Vancouver is constantly growing. This is certainly true of both the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. In fact, the City of Langley is growing faster than the national average (6.2% vs. 5.9%), while the Township of Langley is growing even faster (11.2% vs. 5.9%).
Knowing that the demand for transit in these two areas South of the Fraser is only going to increase, we’ve been working with our partners, the City and the Township, and other stakeholders since January of this year regarding two proposed bus exchanges aimed at serving this increased transit need.
Update: Here are a couple of comments about the consultation process thus far:
“Partnering with TransLink on this project is important for bringing the future transit services outlined in the South of Fraser Area Transit Plan to our community. The project is also an opportunity for us to start thinking about how the Willowbrook neighbourhood can evolve as part of the Langley Regional City Centre.” – Mayor Froese, Township of Langley.
“This project is key to realizing the City’s vision for the neighbourhood as an outstanding, vibrant neighbourhood as outlined in our Downtown Langley Master Plan. Bringing the transit exchange close to our Downtown’s heart will support the neighbourhood and create a convenient, comfortable transit experience for residents.” – Mayor Fassbender, City of Langley
Now we’re ready for Phase 2, the stakeholder/public consultation phase. This phase is to present the latest design options and get feedback to inform further design as well as get feedback on the criteria for how they will be evaluated. It’s important to note that these options are in their very early stages. They will very likely change as a result of this and future consultation as well as more technical work and design to happen in the future.
Downtown Langley Exchange & Area Plan + Willowbrook Exchange & Area Plan
In keeping with the City of Langley’s Downtown Master Plan and their vision for Downtown Langley, we’re looking at providing an exchange that supports redevelopment of the neighbourhood while providing a comfortable environment for transit passengers. There will be a handful of options for the new Downtown Langley Exchange, which we’ll post here on November 27. Each of these options will include recommendations for land use, urban design and new street connections that will integrate the exchange with the neighbourhood. We’ll also post info about the Willowbrook Exchange & Area Plan in the Township of Langley on November 27.
Like the Downtown Exchange, the Willowbrook Exchange will also take into consideration land use, urban design and the street network to support transit, walking and cycling in the neighbourhood.The consultation for both exchanges runs from November 27 to December 7, 2012. The following two open houses are part of this latest phase of consultation:
November 27, 2012 – 5 p.m. -8 p.m. – Township of Langley Civic Facility - 20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley
November 29, 2012 - 5 p.m. -8 p.m. – Langley City Hall/Library - 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley
We really encourage all who’re interested in attending the open houses and/or fill out the questionnaire on the exchanges and area plans that will be available November 27 to December 7, 2012.