Gas station proposal draws opposition

When does a community have enough gas stations?

It seems to depend on whether you want to open one or currently have one.

Langley Township council held a public hearing on rezoning land for a proposed gas bar, restaurant, retail space, carwash and oil change business for the corner of 216th Street and Glover Road (the corner where a reproduction gas station and vintage auto items used to be housed). It’s been dubbed Milner Corner and would have a heritage appearance.

Long Nguyen, who owns the Milner Husky, said he’s seen the amount of gas he sells fall by half in the 10 years he’s owned the gas station across the street from the proposed development. He submitted 91 signatures in opposition of the new operation.

Chu Kim, who owns the property that has the Husky and the Subway shop, also opposed the development application, again because of having a second gas station so close to the existing business.

They contend that several gas stations have opened in the community making for too much competition for a small station to survive.

The developer, Nirvair Singh, said three companies wanted that site because they see a strong market. 

They went with Chevron.

“We believe this project would be a benefit to the community of Milner specifically and the Township of Langley generally,” said Steve Ferguson, a former Township councillor and part of the small group behind the project.

The Township mailed out notifications of the project to land owners in the immediate area and received some written responses.

Dorothy Mufford expressed concerns about vehicle access to the existing gas station, the Milner Post Office and Milner Park.

Earl Mufford expressed support but was concerned about traffic patterns.

Glen and Marianne Smith were opposed and cited traffic access as a key issue.

The rezoning application had two readings before progressing to the public hearing phase. There is no further opportunity for public input on the rezoning application and the issue will come before Township council at a future meeting.

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