A panel discussion about managing growth and development in the Fraser Valley is expected to draw about 250 people to the Langley Events Centre today (Thursday) to see seven mayors and municipal representatives take questions.
The seventh annual forum of Fraser Valley mayors has been organized by the Urban Development Institute (UDI), a nonprofit that describes itself at the “voice of the real estate development industry in British Columbia” with a membership that includes developers, architects, accountants, lawyers, construction companies and municipalities.
“It’s a great opportunity to talk to developers and tell them about Nexus [the Langley City plan that would reconfigure development to take advantage of the pending rapid transit link to the rest of the Lower Mainland],” said Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek.
Mayor van den Broek and Langley Township mayor Jack Froese were scheduled to take part in the forum, along with Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun, Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove and District of Mission mayor Pam Alexis, and an unnamed representative from the City of Surrey.
It is part of a municipal expo, where the Fraser Valley communities display their promotional materials and information to developers and related professions.
UDI manager Ginny Normandeau said each mayor will be asked a question from a list of subjects, that includes their municipal traffic plans, commercial and industrial land availability, speed of application approvals, secondary suites and “other quick solutions for rental housing crisis.”