Langley City council wants to negotiate with the school board to avoid steep fee increases for new buildings.
Every new home constructed includes a fee for new school acquisition. When land for a new school is needed, those funds will be spent.
At a Sept. 9 meeting, Councillor Dave Hall expressed concern about the fact that the district was planning to raise those fees sharply, from $354 to $737 for a house and $283 to $590 for a condo unit or townhouse.
The proposed increases are up for discussion on Sept. 24 by the school board.
Hall called for the City to send a representative, possibly the acting mayor, to talk about phasing in the changes or even allowing Langley City to pay a reduced rate compared to the Township. The Langley School District covers both City and Township.
Hall pointed out that the City has lost school programs in recent years, such as Apex, to locations in the Township, and that H.D. Stafford Secondary in the City was turned into a middle school some years ago.
Coun. Gayle Martin pointed out that over 10 years, the district is projecting 370 new student spaces will be created in Langley City, while in the Township, it will be 8,098.
That is mostly the result of explosive growth in the Willoughby neighbourhood.
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