Edgecliff rezone gets second reading

A rezone that limits the size of Langley’s Edgecliff neighborhood moved forward with the city council this week.

Council members did not vote to approve the rezone because the Monday meeting was the first of two readings of the proposal. The council will look at the issue again at its next meeting, Oct. 7.

The three-acre area was originally zoned for up to three single-family units per acre with a provision that if a sewer line was added up to six units per acre would be allowed.

Bluff stability and critical area — wetlands — issues were raised, however, and the Langley Planning Advisory Board proposed reducing the neighborhood’s potential development growth.

In a public comment period, Planning Director Jeff Arango said he only received supportive comments from Edgecliff residents who would be affected by the change.

Reducing potential growth in Edgecliff was supported by Councilman Hal Seligson as well.

“I’m a firm believer that a parcel of land should follow the nature of that land,” he said.

Seligson recommended that a septic and sewer installation study should be conducted in the Edgecliff area as part of the rezone, “… to ensure the protection of these sensitive lands in a meaningful way.”

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