As Langley Township grows, so do the number of votes it gets on the Metro Vancouver Board.
At a meeting last week, changes in population since the 2011 census were recognized, and Langley Township now has six votes and an additional director. Communities in Metro Vancouver get one vote for every 20,000 people or more; Langley Township has more than 107,000 residents.
"One director can have no more than five votes," said Mayor Jack Froese.
Froese serves as the Township's first director, and Councillob Bob Long is the second.
With Langley Township a fast-growing municipality, it joins Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver in getting extra votes this year.
Surrey and Vancouver also got new directors this year.
Froese notes that while the Township is getting more votes, it isn't necessarily getting more power.
"We have six votes out of 150, 160 votes," Froese said.
Metro Vancouver is a regional district that largely serves to oversee garbage collection, sewage treatment, and local water systems. It also manages a sizeable parks system that has several of its largest parks in Langley.
Metro is separate from TransLink.