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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.
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.
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.
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