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Langley subdivision likely to be extended

A nearly four-month extension to the city's moratorium on subdivisions in three neighborhoods is expected to be approved by the Langley City Council at its meeting next week.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at city hall. A council workshop begins at 4 p.m.

The moratorium, which has been in effect for 2 1/2 years after having been extended three times, expires the day of the council meeting.

The council can extend the moratorium, modify it or end it at its meeting Monday. City planners have asked for an extension through March 15 to complete work on changes to the city's development regulations.

The ban against subdividing land was first approved in June 2007 for one year, then extended in June 2008 and again in December 2008.

It prohibits new subdivisions in the city's RS-7,200 and RS-15,000 zoning districts, the areas of town where medium- and low-density housing development is allowed.

Mainly affected are properties in the areas of Al Anderson Avenue, Edgecliff and Saratoga Road.

The moratorium was imposed pending wholesale changes to the city's comp plan, the document that will guide the city's growth in the next two decades.

"Our timeline is to have the work completed and adopted by March," city planning director Larry Cort said Friday.

When work on subdivision rules is finished, an ordinance will be presented to the city council for adoption, Cort said.

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