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Township council adopts ‘university district’ plan

The controversial Rural Plan amendment that adds provisions for a ‘university district’ at 7645 and 7679 Glover Rd., and 22423 Labonte Cres. was adopted without comment by Langley Township council on April 23.

Of these three properties, which lie on the west side of Glover Road opposite the university, 23.4 acres will be used by Trinity to develop a university district, while another 48 acres will remain in the ALR.

The proposal required the Agricultural Land Commission to exclude the Glover Road and Labonte Crescent properties from the reserve.

The rezoning and amendment will allow Trinity to expand its campus for “learning, recreational, cultural, employment and housing opportunities.”

Housing, a food store and coffee shop geared to the university community, are also planned.

At the public hearing last November, Councillor Bev Dornan called the proposal “a great economic generator for our community,” while Councillor Kim Richter called the university district “very forward thinking and progressive for Langley.

“I think it could leave a very strong legacy for the future.”

Implementation of the university district will take place incrementally.

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