Will Langley and Lake Errock go Hollywood?

Nobody will ever make a movie about the next step in the evolution of the Fraser Valley’s film industry: local council and board meetings.

By Tyler Olsen | July 5, 2021 |10:27 pm

Nobody will ever make a movie about the next step in the evolution of the Fraser Valley’s film industry: local council and board meetings.

The region has long played host to roving film crews looking for a combination of good locations and the best tax credits the province has to offer film crews. (There are extra tax credits for filming east of 200 Street.) Now, 2 different companies are looking to set up permanent studios in the region. That, though, is where the similarities end.

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In Langley, Martini Studios has proposed building one of the largest film studios in Canada just south of Highway 1. The company wants to pave over 30 acres of land to create 16 sound stages at 216 Street and 83 Avenue. Martini Studios currently has 3 studio spaces in the Port Kells area, and has worked on Netflix shows such as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Another Life.

The whole facility would be more than 730,000 square feet. A light industrial area would also be created just south of the studio. The proposal was first brought to the township 6 years ago, and a public survey in June showed most of the 56 respondents were supportive of the project, which would also include a large stormwater detention pond and public trail. A few expressed concern about the impact of large industrial-style buildings in a largely residential neighbourhood.

The Township of Langley council has given 2 readings to the proposal. It will now accept written submissions from citizens before a decision is made on whether to approve the project at the next council meeting. Site clearing and environmental work could start as soon as this August. The fourth and final reading for the proposal would take place after site clearing, and building construction could get underway as soon as April 2022.

Meanwhile, residents in the sleepy Lake Errock area still have doubts after an information meeting about a proposed film studio in their area. A Coquitlam-based animation film company wants to build a studio and soundstage on a remote property overlooking Harrison Bay. The proposal is small as film studios go, Arcana Film Studio says, as its productions are heavily reliant on special effects. But the facility would be huge on a Lake Errock scale, with a 10,000-sq.-ft. soundstage, 15,000-sq.-ft. production studio, 7,000-sq.-ft. office, and 5,000-sq.-ft. house all proposed for the site. The Current reported in April that residents had sent a barrage of feedback in opposition to the proposal when they first heard about it. Read that story here.

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Arcana held a virtual information meeting in May, at which it laid out its plans to around 80 attendees. At a Fraser Valley Regional District meeting last week, a planner for the company said Arcana would also be willing to allow a covenant to be placed on the property restricting expansions to the facility.

Arcana may hold another public information meeting in the fall. The Fraser Valley Regional District, which has planning jurisdiction over the area, would also still need to hold a public hearing on rezoning the land before any decision is made. No such meeting has been set yet.

Tyler Olsen

Managing Editor at Fraser Valley Current

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