Community Development Plans

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The Economic Development and Development Services department has completed many community development plans in the City of Langley. To find out more click the drop downs below. 

Other available strategies and plans affecting development are listed under Economic Development services.

Official Community Plan (OCP)

The Official Community Plan is a policy guide for managing land use and development in the City of Langley. Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2005, No. 2600 was adopted by Langley City Council on April 24, 2006.
The following electronic version (PDF) is provided for convenience only and is not an official copy of the bylaw. For detailed information on the Official Community Plan please contact the Development Services Department.

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Downtown Master Plan

The Downtown Master Plan was developed over a two year period from 2007 to 2009 by the City of Langley and its consultant team. The objective was to produce a plan that would not only guide the development of Downtown Langley over the next 20 years but would serve as a catalyst for generating investment and economic activity in the City. The approach taken was to create an exciting vision for Downtown Langley that was embraced by residents, property owners and merchants then ground the vision in reality by conducting a rigorous economic analysis and finally to promote the plan in the community and the development industry.
The Downtown Master Plan was developed in three phases and each phase had its own interactive public consultation process. The three phases were:
Phase 1 – Illustrated Vision for the Future
Phase 2 – Urban Design and Economics
Phase 3 – Public Realm Plan
The final phase was completed in 2009 and presented to Langley City Council on January 11, 2010. The Downtown Master Plan will be implemented by the City of Langley in partnership with the development industry over the next several years.
The following is a listing of key documents relating to the Downtown Master Plan and its three phases. For further information, please contact the Development Services and Economic Development Department at 604-514-2800.

Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy

With a burgeoning trend to reduce our environmental impact, communities want to centralize and densify development, and limit urban sprawl. Brownfield sites are under-utilized industrial or commercial properties that may or may not have been contaminated by previous uses. Costs to clean up these sites can be compensated for via City incentives, thereby allowing the investor to reap much greater rewards than developing on a greenfield site. Redevelopment of existing town centre brownfield sites makes sense in so many ways:

  • Great Location: Location is one of the key factors that makes a site profitable.
  • Increased Property Values: Turn an undervalued brownfield site into a profitable venture. Redevelop and reap the rewards of increased property values
  • Reuse Existing Infrastructure: Roads, sewer, cable, and other utilities often don't need redevelopment, thereby creating cost savings.
  • Increased Economic Spin-offs: Revitalization attracts more residents and employers, thereby also increasing market demand and projected return on investment.

Recognizing a nationwide trend to promote Brownfield Redevelopment, the City of Langley embarked on a Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy that details how the City can work with developers to make brownfield development attractive to investors.

Retail Trade Area Analysis

The City of Langley enjoys a local trading population of 275,000 people, representing a $3.84 billion trade market with an average household income of about $95,000, higher than the BC average.  Learn more.  

Social Planning

The City of Langley has completed its first Social Plan with the assistance of the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. (SPARC BC). The Plan, which was presented to City Council on February 11, 2008, identifies existing City initiatives and contributions and presents recommendations for ten priority subject areas.

Download the Social Plan

Affordable Housing Strategy

The Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted by City Council on April 20, 2009. The Strategy was prepared with the assistance of the Social Planning & Research Council of B.C. and included consultations with community stakeholders, housing advocates, the development industry and the general public. The purpose of the Strategy is to guide decision-making around affordable housing over the next ten years.

Download the Affordable Housing Strategy

Affordable housing - what are we doing?

Accessibility and Inclusiveness

Accessibility and Inclusiveness Brochure

10 by 10 Challenge Brochure

Download the full Accesibility and Inclusiveness Study (11MB)

Downtown Businesses Accessibility Status:

With the assistance of a grant from Service Canada, the Downtown Langley Merchants Association was able to hire a summer student to complete audits of downtown businesses to determine their accessibility status. Thirty seven businesses were audited between June and September 2008, and each business was given a rating according to an audit process created by SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia). As a result of these audits, the “Gold Star Program” was created. This program is designed to assist our guests and customers in determining the best places to shop, eat, stay and find services in our unique downtown. By rating each businesses according to accessibility, those individuals with mobility aids, scooters and baby strollers can see at a glance where these businesses are located, their accessibility rating and what services they offer.

Accessibility of Downtown Langley Businesses

For further information, please contact Teri James at 604-539-0133 or email

ESA Mapping Study

The City of Langley has retained Diamond Head Consulting Ltd. to prepare an Environmentally Sensitive Areas Mapping Study. The study will identify and classify Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA’s), forming the basis of the City’s policies, guidelines and regulations for the protection of sensitive ecosystems and natural features. For more information on the ESA Mapping Study, please contact the Development Services & Economic Development Department at ph. 604-514-2800 or email: .

Public Open House - November 3, 2015

Maps & Presentation Boards:

Station 1 - Welcome & Overview
Station 2 - Sensitive Ecosystems
Station 3 - Watercourses & Riparian Areas
Station 4 - Species of Conservation Concern
Station 5 - ESA Input Maps
Station 6 - Overall ESA Value Map
Station 7 - Open Space

Survey Questionnaire:

ESA Mapping Study - Survey Questionnaire

Please submit completed or partially completed questionnaire to Development Services & Economic Development Department via email ( or in person at Langley City Hall. Thank you for your input!

Next Steps:

•    Presentation of draft ESA Mapping Study to Parks & Environment Advisory Committee December 3, 2015
•    Presentation of final ESA Mapping Study to Langley City Council January 2016

Langley City Hall

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