February 27, 2015 3:34am

CONSTRUCTION NOISE

The Township of Langley has one of the most relaxed construction noise bylaws in the Lower Mainland. Construction can occur 7 days per week, 7:00am to 10:00pm, even on statutory holidays.

Staff are now recommending Council endorse in principal a new noise bylaw to only allow construction Monday to Friday, from 7:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with no more construction on Sundays or statutory holidays.

Resident complaints within Willoughby last year prompted the proposed changes, and they are overdue. The current regulations are indeed too generous. There is generally no need for construction on Sundays or holidays.

But there are two problems with the proposed changes that I hope Council will address.

THE CRUMBS

Vicki Huntington, Delta Councillor:

Gee it’s nice to get the crumbs.

Like the Township of Langley, Delta is also one pf Translink's forgotten, irrelevant communities. Crumbs.

+120%

In the last few days, we have seen Fort Langley and Aldergrove small businesses starting to speak out about the raw deal the new Translink sales tax represents to Langley small business.

But what about the tax paid by Langley residents?

I do not think people truly understand what a significant increase in Translink tax the proposed new sales tax for Translink represents to Langley citizens. We will receive little in return within the planned $7.5B in new spending for Translink from this new tax.

A BAD DEAL FOR LANGLEY

Image titleAs Mike Smyth outlines in today's Province, I also think that the No side is going to grow once the specifics begin to emerge. A quote from yours truly:

The proposed plan is a bad deal for the vast majority of our businesses and residents.

With no service expansion to well over 2/3 of residents in the Township of Langley, this is not even a debatable point.