Owners petition to split properties

Residents on the outskirts of Walnut Grove may be able to subdivide their properties, but only so far.

On April 14, Langley Township council hear from residents around 217A Street and 86th Avenue, near the southeastern edge of Walnut Grove.

The area is where rural land uses and large acreages begin to take over from the dense housing and townhouses of Walnut Grove west of 216th Street.

A proposed change to the rural plan would allow local landowners to subdivide their lots – most of which are about 1.6 acres, into two lots.

Several residents expressed concerns about the way the proposed change could affect their neighbourhood.

“It’s all about traffic for me,” said Barb Peters.

She was worried about increased levels of traffic, and said there is already too much speeding in the area.

Other residents also said they worried it would affect their abilities to continue using their land as hobby farms, or whether it would damage the rural character of the area.

Proponent Dan Evans said the alteration won’t change farming or increase the amount that owners can subdivide their lands.

At present, the rules allow residents to build two houses per lot and create a very small strata corporation to oversee the properties.

This change will allow residents to subdivide their lands without having to create a strata.

The Township report says they will only be allowed to divide each property into two lots.

Any access to new properties will have to come from either 217A Street, 86th Avenue, or new roads linking to those streets. None of the houses will be allowed to connect directly to 216th or busy 88th Avenue.

“There is no change in density,” Evans said.

The lands are not in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Langley Township council is expected to vote on the proposed change at an upcoming meeting.

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