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January 11, 2021 Council Meeting Highlights

Date

For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of January 11, 2021.
Please note these are not the official minutes. Council Meeting Highlights are an informal summary. Council Meeting agenda is available here:  https://langleycity.ca/cityhall/city-council/council-meetings. For more information, please contact kkenney@langleycity.ca or pkusack@langleycity.ca

2020 Annual Reports for City Committees

Council received reports from the following committees that are required to report annually on their activities and budget expenditures:

  • Community Day Committee
  • Youth Committee
  • Magic of Christmas Parade Committee

206A St. Pedestrian Bridge Replacement Grant Application

Council provided approval for staff to submit a grant application under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) for the 206A Street Pedestrian Bridge Project.  Council also provided approval to finance the project at a cost of $400,000 until the costs can be recovered through the grant program, which will reimburse 100% of the project costs.

Declaring a Climate Emergency

Council passed a resolution recognizing that climate change constitutes an emergency in the City of Langley and directed staff to report back to Council on the following:

  1. What is the City currently doing/done to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions; and
  2. What plans are currently in the process of implementation to further reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Region’s climate action targets; and
  3. What potential next steps can the City take to:
        a.)   Achieve net-zero carbon emissions before 2050 with a balanced approach for today and future generations
        b.)   Update the current Sustainability Framework to incorporate current best practices on climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and to incorporate principles of biodiversity, sustainability and stewardship to guide future developments and infrastructure projects within Langley City; and
  4. What are the City required resources, funding and timelines to implement the current plans, provide any updates, and the potential next steps to achieve the identified targets; and
  5. Ensure that all orders of government are notified of Langley City’s commitment to achieving the greenhouse gas emissions targets identified in the Metro Region and the IPCC report; and
  6. The City of Langley Environmental Task Group facilitate intergenerational community engagement surrounding a just transition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the scale that is required, with the focus on vulnerable members of society who will be most impacted by climate change and intersecting inequity; ensure these people are front and center in building long term solutions.