The City of Langley has completed its first Social Plan with the assistance of the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. (SPARC BC). The Plan, which was presented to City Council on February 11, 2008, identifies existing City initiatives and contributions and presents recommendations for ten priority subject areas.
Affordable Housing Strategy
The Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted by City Council on April 20, 2009. The Strategy was prepared with the assistance of the Social Planning & Research Council of B.C. and included consultations with community stakeholders, housing advocates, the development industry and the general public. The purpose of the Strategy is to guide decision-making around affordable housing over the next ten years.
Accessibility and Inclusiveness
Downtown Businesses Accessibility Status:
With the assistance of a grant from Service Canada, the Downtown Langley Merchants Association was able to hire a summer student to complete audits of downtown businesses to determine their accessibility status. Thirty seven businesses were audited between June and September 2008, and each business was given a rating according to an audit process created by SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia). As a result of these audits, the “Gold Star Program” was created. This program is designed to assist our guests and customers in determining the best places to shop, eat, stay and find services in our unique downtown. By rating each businesses according to accessibility, those individuals with mobility aids, scooters and baby strollers can see at a glance where these businesses are located, their accessibility rating and what services they offer.
For further information, please contact Teri James at 604-539-0133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org