Wednesday - Jan. 31, 2024 - Langley moves $100,000

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Township cuts $100k from community grant budget; hands mayor $100k discretionary fund

Langley Township approved its budget for 2024 this month. 📷 Langley Township/Instagram

Langley Township has given its mayor a $100,000 fund to use for anything he wants. The township has also cut $100,000 from its Community Grants budget.

But Mayor Eric Woodward—who says he has no plans for how he'll spend his $100,000—says the two budgetary decisions aren't linked.

Whatever the case, the thinning of one budget and the thickening of another demonstrates a different, small shift—not in where Langley Township’s money is spent, but who gets to make those calls.


Need to Know

🚐 The dispute between Metro Vancouver bus supervisors and their employer hasn’t yet been resolved—a special mediator will deliver recommendations by Friday [CTV]

☀ Abbotsford was 18C on Monday and the warmest place in the country, breaking a 64-year-old heat record for the date [Toronto Star]

💦 A flood watch remained in effect for the Sumas River Tuesday, but its waters—and those of the Nooksack—aren’t expected to rise much this week [BC River Forecast Centre/NOAA]

🔥 An Aldergrove Save-On-Foods was evacuated after a clogged heater left the store smelling like smoke [Aldergrove Star]

🔊 A protest calling for a ceasefire in Gaza will be held Saturday in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park [Abbotsford News]

🐄 Two companies won thousands of dollars at a “Farmers Den” competition for agritech businesses held at the Pacific Agriculture Show [Chilliwack Progress]

🌲 Efforts to save a 21-year-old Aldergrove home by moving it have revealed how the cost to move buildings has increased dramatically [Aldergrove Star]

The Agenda

A transit-oriented development area will be declared around Abbotsford’s Bourquin bus exchange, even though the city had planned to phase-out the site. 📷 Google

Bourquin bus hub to be centre of Abbotsford’s transit development area

Construction is set to start soon on a new bus exchange in Abbotsford’s historic downtown—but it’s another bus hub that will be subject to new provincial density rules.

Provincial regulations requiring municipalities to designate high-density areas near major bus exchanges will apply to Abbotsford’s mall-adjacent Bourquin exchange, not the new bus exchange planned for the city’s historic downtown.

That detail is included in regulations that accompany the new housing law passed by the province last year, according to a city staff report to council. Abbotsford and other municipalities have until the end of June to adopt a bylaw that officially designates their “transit-oriented areas.”

Higher density around Abbotsford’s Bourquin Exchange won’t dramatically alter the city’s plans. The area is included in Abbotsford’s City Centre Neighbourhood Plan, which already foresees apartments and towers rising in the area and replacing the current malls and parking lots.

On Tuesday, the city announced that construction on a new transit exchange in its historic downtown would start soon and be completed by the end of summer. The exchange will have 10 bus bays and was originally intended by the city to replace the Bourquin exchange. The project is funded by the city and both the provincial and federal governments.


Go with Umo

BC Transit’s new electronic fare system, Umo, is ready for use in the Central Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison, and Hope transit systems!

It’s your choice how to use Umo – mobile app or reloadable card.

Visit for more information, including videos and FAQs.

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🗓 Things to do

Open mic: Russ Rosen hosts an open mic night every Thursday at the Bez Arts Hub. Sign up at 7:15pm, performances start at 7:30pm. Details online.

Canucks vs. Barracuda: The Abbotsford Canucks host the San Jose Barracuda at Abbotsford Centre Feb. 2 and 3. Tickets online.

Agassiz classical: Cheam Vista Concerts hosts the Rose Gellert String Quartet at Riverside Christian Reformed Church in Agassiz Feb. 6. Details and tickets online.

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