Langley Passage hearing resumes

Developers of controversial Langley Passage will get another chance to respond to community criticism when a public hearing continues today.

The hearing is continued from one on April 28, which was postponed midway through when a consultant collapsed during his presentation. He later recovered.

Today’s session before the city’s Planning Advisory Board will be at 4 p.m. at Langley City Hall.

At the past session, city planning officials, who recommend approval of the project, had finished their presentation before the meeting was adjourned, so today’s hearing will focus on the developer’s response to issues previously raised by the public.

Then another hearing will be scheduled to consider two environmental appeals before the matter is forwarded to the Langley City Council.

Langley Passage, a proposed 20-lot development in the city’s Edgecliff neighborhood, has been in the pipeline since 2006. City planners say it meets or exceeds development code requirements.

Opponents are concerned about increased water runoff, sewers, the loss of trees, damage to the nearby wetland and increased danger of landslides at the bluffs overlooking Saratoga Passage.

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