Sustainable Growth

Thoughtful, well-planned development with more greenspace and amenities for the public

  • Review Official Community Plan (OCP), incorporating meaningful public input. OCP will establish height limits for the city centre zone and include a focus on neighbourhood hubs – with increased local business space, mixed housing types including bungalows for aging in place and non-profit housing.
  • Update the Development Permit process and Design Guidelines to promote higher energy-efficiency standards, tree retention, transportation options, private and public greenspace, and maintaining a neighbourhood feel.
  • Support the creation of more secure rental housing, including increasing purpose-built rentals, regulating short-term rentals like Airbnb, and partnering with non-profit housing providers.
  • Support local businesses with a focus on developments in neighbourhood hubs, including requirements for commercial space, institutional zones, and amenity zones to make sure housing is supported by nearby services.
  • Improve safety and ease of walking and biking between neighbourhoods and across the highway and other major routes; increase green walkable, bikeable corridors and build housing and businesses along public transit routes.
  • Make sure the City of Langford has proper plans to guide the future of the community, including a five-year Strategic Plan, a Parks Master Plan and a Transportation Master Plan.

 

Public Consultation & Transparent Government

Bring the public together with developers, businesses, experts and council in open discussions and have clear decision-making processes that incorporate everyone’s voices

  • Bring transparency to Langford finances and shift the focus of spending to public amenities for the community.
  • Carry out a review of the Annual Budget, the Five-Year Financial Plan and Development Cost Charges, with the staff reports made public.
  • Increase public engagement with open houses, surveys and meetings of the Committee of the Whole to discuss major decisions on large developments and city projects.
  • Improve participation opportunities by shifting council meetings to 6:30 pm and requiring developers to engage with whole neighbourhoods for major projects.
  • Increase engagement with local First Nations and Indigenous peoples by including Indigenous leaders in discussions.
  • Improve access to information to the public through the city website so residents can easily see where the city is spending public funds; improve the searchability of the website and provide more information to encourage initiatives by the public (e.g. community gardens, working with the community to shape public spaces and grants for energy-efficiency home improvements).
  • Provide information to residents in alternative forms such as with notices on bulletin boards, reaching out to community organizations, and social media platforms such as a city Facebook page.
  • Support neighbourhood associations and create a design panel of community members with expertise (e.g. arborists, architects, engineers, transportation experts, and environmental professionals) to assess new development proposals and advise the council on the quality and impacts of the proposals.

 

Environment and Greenspace

Protect and expand parks and natural spaces, and take action to make Langford more climate resilient

  • Re-organize and enhance the Parks and Recreation Department mandate for environmental protection; establish clear, meaningful climate resilience initiatives to guide council decisions; include a variety of Qualified Environmental Professionals on staff and on related committees.
  • Redesign Development Guidelines to focus on preserving the landscape and providing housing while minimizing tree loss and blasting. Explore a requirement for developers to hire an independent environmental monitor as a condition of the development permit process.
  • Undertake a thorough risk-assessment of fire, heat, flood, erosion, air quality, water quality, watershed deterioration and noise pollution.
  • Use a cost-benefit analysis approach to development that includes the environmental impacts of tree loss and other risk factors affected by development.
  • Expand and improve parks including preserving natural spaces, expanding trail and biking networks, dog parks and public open spaces for free play; improve accessibility in playgrounds and parks for those with mobility issues. Ensure the green spaces are of high quality with shade and opportunities for all ages to play and relax.
  • Restrict artificial turf for use on all-weather athletic fields rather than for landscaping by the city or developers.
  • Promote education and initiatives around sustainability and climate resiliency including native planting, community stewardship of land and waterways and community gardens; consult with local Indigenous groups to incorporate traditional knowledge and practices.

 

Healthy, Safe Communities

Create opportunities to support mental and physical health and ensure safety in our community

  • Enhance affordable recreation and arts opportunities in Langford; support a publicly owned recreation and community centre including space for youth, seniors and the arts community as well as a start-up grant program for community arts and culture projects.
  • Foster partnerships with non-profit societies and other levels of government to expand the range of mental health support services, including ensuring the needed commercial space is available, and to create incentives to attract medical professionals through dedicated housing and space for practices.
  • Ensure emergency services keep pace with Langford’s population increase and have the mental health supports police and firefighters need; increase number of full-time firefighters; support programs for the inclusion of mental health workers as first responders.
  • Enhance community well-being by establishing a construction dust bylaw and improving noise regulation bylaws.
  • Prioritize safe routes to school for health and independence of children and improving traffic congestion; promote accessible and active transportation initiatives.