Temple in Langley wants design say

A developer will adjust the design of some row houses planned for Willoughby to help them fit in with the temple across the street.

The president and other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple on 82nd Avenue spoke at a development permit hearing for a rowhouse development. The church is also known as the Mormon church.

A total of 29 rowhouses and eight semi-detached units are proposed for the 20300 block of 82nd Avenue, north of the Mormon temple.

The design of the homes was “a bit of a disappointment for us,” said temple president Ron Komm.

“We have a beautiful building across the street, it’s built to last a thousand years,” Komm said.

He wanted to see some more substantial building materials than wood, including stone or brick.

“We feel some of the designs could be more formal,” Komm said.

The developers, with McElhaney Consulting in Surrey, said they were not averse to changing the appearance of the units facing 82nd Avenue.

Architect Brian Shigetomi showed the council some proposed drawings of the outsides of the rowhouses, and said he was open to looking at adding brick or stone  wainscotting or columns.

The development permit was referred back to Township staff to work with the developers on issues raised by the temple.

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