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Carvolth Plan to create transit village in Langley

The Carvolth Plan proposes to develop the 200 Street gateway to Langley as a transit-oriented neighbourhood at the heart of which will be a transit village.

The plan covers an area south of the 200 Street/Highway 1 interchange, including those portions that lie north of the freeway, sandwiched between 204 Street and the Langley/Surrey border of 196 Street, and a jagged southerly boundary that roughly follows 84 and 83 Avenues.

The plan is the focus of an open house on Feb. 9 from 4 p.m., to 9 p.m. at Mountainview Alliance Church, 7640 200 St. Residents will have until Feb. 29 to make further submissions to council.

The Township’s vision is to have Carvolth (the original name for 200 Street) become a vibrant, mixed-use gateway to Langley, a tourist hub and major employment centre.

The transit village would become a major urban destination that is within walking distance of a transit exchange. Designers of the plan foresee a “high quality public realm . . .  with frontages built right to the street and parking provided underground or behind buildings.”

Density would be medium to high, with residential units contained in multi-family buildings of between four and 18 storeys.

Other features include the Gateway corridor, described as a “character area” along 200 Street between 83 and 86 Avenues.

A report presented to council suggests that this area “is intended to create a sense of arrival for travelers leaving the Trans Canada Highway and entering an emerging urban place.”

The area is envisioned to attract corporate headquarters, business and professional offices, consistent with some of the existing developments on 200 Street. This corridor would also allow a hotel and convention centre.

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