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More talk set on subdivisions in Langley

Continued discussion of the city’s proposed new rules for subdivisions and its current moratorium on subdivisions in certain neighborhoods will continue at this week’s Langley City Council meeting.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, at city hall on Second Street.

The new rules are expected to guide development to fit with the city’s existing character, preserve as much natural vegetation as possible, link neighbors and neighborhoods, promote diversity in housing types and the people who live in them, and lessen Langley’s “global footprint.”

Some local developers are skeptical, saying the proposed changes will drive up the cost of housing and scare builders away.

This week, the first public hearing on the proposed new subdivision rules was conducted by the city’s Planning Advisory Board. A second PAB public hearing will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at city hall.

An outline of the proposals is available at the city’s Web site, www.langleywa.org, or at city hall.

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