City Q7: 20 Questions for Langley City Council candidates

 

Randy Caine (for Mayor)– Yes. I believe that any future development must include an allowance for fair, clean and safe affordable/subsidized housing.

Paul Albrecht – Yes. We need to think of meeting our community’s current and long term needs; however Council must provide incentives to developers such as increased density or other such options in order to facilitate the provision of much needed affordable housing for our community.

Dave Hall – Yes, but this is a loaded question. The City already has one of the highest rates of providing low income housing. So what’s really needed isn’t more, as we have more than our share, but rather requirements for developers to maintain and upgrade existing low-income housing stock or inventory.

Miriam Marshall – No. Currently, we are at a disadvantage when trying to draw developers to our City when compared to our neighbours.  Both Surrey and the Township can offer green-field development (undeveloped land) which is more cost effective for the developer, whereas the City has little undeveloped land and mainly brown-field properties to offer (land that requires demolition or remediation), which is far more costly. Areas of our City are in desperate need of repair and revitalization.  If we add an additional barrier to cost effective development, I fear that the City would actually turn developers away and the derelict buildings and brown-field land will remain as eye sores within our City. 

Nathan Pachal – Yes. Providing low-incoming housing is really a responsibility of the province. Langley City is one of the most affordable communities in Metro Vancouver. That being said, I’d work hard to partner with community organizations and the province to make sure that more affordable housing is provided for people that need it, including seniors. I would also work to ensure that major new developments include housing options at a number of different price points.

Carla Robin – Yes, but in a very limited financial way. Low income homes required thoughtfully designed areas which can provide their needed services and proper infrastructure. Affordable housing is easier for a developer to become involved in, but low-income housing is actually the responsibility of the province.

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