For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of September 20, 2022.
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Asset Management Grant Application - Developing Asset Life Cycle and Risk analysis
Council passed the following motion:
1. THAT Council endorses the UBCM Local Government Development Approvals Program grant application for the development of asset life cycle cost and risk analyses;
2. THAT the remaining project budget will be funded within the City of Langley’s approved 2022 Capital Plan.
Bylaw 3160 - Zoning Bylaw Amendment & Development Permit No. 07-20
Council gave final reading to Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 3160 and approved Development Permit Application No. 07-20 to permit development of a 6-storey, 68-unit apartment development at 5394, 5396, 5400, & 5402 – 207 Street.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Every Child Matters Banner
Council passed a motion directing staff to place the “Every Child Matters” banners across the two Fraser Highway gateways to the Downtown annually for the week in which the day for truth and reconciliation occurs. The day for truth and reconciliation is September 30th.
Citizens’ Assembly on Community Safety Reform in Langley City
Council passed the following motion:
THAT Staff include in the 2023 budget a line item for convening a Citizens’ Assembly.
THAT, if Council approves the resources to convene a Citizens’ Assembly, the Assembly will:
- Be representative of the demographics of Langley City, have five additional seats for each of our four host First Nations, and one additional seat for a person who lives in Langley City who self-identifies as Indigenous.
- Have access to people with lived experience or, external of Langley City and independent, expert knowledge to help inform its recommendations.
- Look at the calls for service that are responsible for 80% of the volume each for the police service, fire-rescue service, BCEHS calls where the fire-rescue service responds, bylaw department, parks department, and engineering department to determine:
- Which service or department should handle the call for service based on:
- The ability to respond promptly.
- The most direct line of accountability to local businesses and residents.
- The ability to improve people’s quality of life, attaching people to services and care
- The “best fit” for resolving a call for service based on the existing skillsets of people working in the service or department, looking thru the lens of equality and equitably, as well as the report “Transforming Policing and Community Safety in British Columbia.”
- The ability to reduce repeated calls for service caused by a single person.
- If there isn’t a “best fit” department or service, identify:
- What skillsets are missing and must be implemented into a department or service to be able to respond to the call for service effectively; or,
- If a new department, service, program, or partnership is required to provide a “best fit” to respond to a call for service, identify why a department, service, program or partnership is needed and what skillsets are required.
4. Develop a phase staffing plan to address the calls for service assessed in section 3.
5. Evaluate for the top ten calls for service based on volume, the upstream reasons causing these calls for service.
6. Develop an action plan for the City, either directly or by working directly with partners, to reduce calls for service identified in section 5.
THAT, if Council approves the resources to convene a Citizens’ Assembly, Staff work with the Citizens’ Assembly to prepare a report of recommendations and outcomes desired, based on the work plan outlined in this motion, for Council to consider.
THAT, if Council approves the resources to convene a Citizens’ Assembly, that Staff:
i. Develop metrics to monitor the implementation of the Assembly’s recommendations and outcomes desired.
ii. Develop a process to create a feedback loop to facilitate updating the actions of the City to ensure the spirit of the Assembly’s recommended actions and outcomes are being met.
iii. Update Council at least biannually on items i. and ii.
Electoral Redistribution 2022
Council passed the following motion:
WHEREAS the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commissions one in each province are established to revise the electoral district boundaries in their province once every 10 years, after the census is conducted, to reflect population shifts and growth;
WHEREAS British Columbia will gain one seat in the House of Commons from 42 to 43;
WHEREAS the commissions each work separately to propose a new electoral map for their province by considering such criteria as average population numbers, communities of identity and interest, historical patterns of an electoral district, and geographic size of electoral districts;
WHEREAS the British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission (BCEBC) is holding public hearings to gather opinions on the proposed boundaries and electoral district names which provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in the process of redrawing the electoral map;
WHEREAS the hearing in Langley is scheduled for Coast Langley City Hotel & Convention Centre on Thursday, Sept 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.;
WHEREAS the new proposed boundaries would create a new Langley-Cloverdale riding, including (a) the City of Langley; (b) that part of the Corporation of the Township of Langley bounded as follows: commencing at the intersection of the westerly limit of said township with 72 Avenue; thence easterly along said avenue to 200 Street; thence southerly along said street to the northerly limit of the City of Langley at 62 Avenue; thence generally westerly along said city limit to the westerly limit of the Corporation of the Township of Langley; thence northerly along said limit to the point of commencement; and (c) that part of the City of Surrey described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the easterly limit of said city with 56 Avenue; thence westerly and southwesterly along said avenue to 192 Street; thence northerly along said street to 56 Avenue; thence westerly along said avenue to 144 Street; thence northerly along said street to 64 Avenue; thence easterly along said avenue to 152 Street; thence northerly along said street to 68 Avenue; thence easterly along said avenue and its production to the Serpentine River; thence generally north-easterly along said river to the Fraser Highway; thence southeasterly along said highway to the intersection with the production of 72 Avenue;
thence easterly along said production and avenue to the eastern limit of the City of Surrey; thence southerly along said city limit to the point of commencement.
WHEREAS the proposed election boundaries will reconfigure Langley and Cloverdale into new configurations, and change which Member of Parliament represents local residents;
WHEREAS the Langley riding was created a couple of decades ago that included just Langley City and Township;
WHEREAS the City of Langley and the Township of Langley should be one electoral boundary represented by one Member of Parliament given the historical context, the number of shared services, shared school district, shared RCMP detachment, and shared regional city centre designation between the two communities;
WHEREAS the proposed electoral reconfiguration will further split the riding into multiple electoral boundaries from the current electoral boundaries and create further challenges for the Member of Parliament that needs to represent three municipalities within the riding;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Langley objects to the proposed Federal Electoral Boundaries for the City of Langley;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Langley request British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission (BCEBC) to consider reconfiguring the electoral boundaries to have one boundary for the City of Langley and the Township of Langley and be represented by one Member of Parliament;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Council for the City of Langley submit this motion to the British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission (BCEBC) for their consideration.