Meeting set to discuss 1st Street

Community hearing Wed. night

A meeting “to continue the community conversation” on plans to redesign Langley’s First Street is scheduled 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Langley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall.

This event is being hosted by the City of Langley in partnership with Langley Main Street Association.

Redesigning First Street parking to achieve smoother pedestrian and traffic flow during tourist season and crowded events has been under review by planners and city officials.

The potential modifications are under the umbrella of a broader effort to redesign First Street using a $250,000 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board’s Complete Streets Awards Program. The money is earmarked for transit, bike, pedestrian and aesthetics improvements.

Two design proposals are expected to be discussed.

One option would switch parking on the north side of the street from angled to parallel — which would reduce the current number of parking spots by about half — to make room for wider sidewalks, comply with the city’s Complete Streets ordinance and prevent cars from interfering with cyclist and pedestrian traffic.

The other would keep angled parking and widen sidewalks, but also make room for parklets, which are sidewalk extensions over on-street parking spaces.

City staff has recommended changing from angled to parallel to comply with the Complete Streets ordinances and grant funding. The city’s aim is to accommodate all levels of mobility.

Some First Street businesses owners are uneasy about the potential loss in parking if the switch is made from angled to parallel.

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