Housing boom pushes up Langley Township’s population

Friday, January 30th, 2004


LANGLEY – A housing boom pushed up Langley Township‘s population by more than 2,000 residents last year, a trend that is expected to continue until the year 2021.

The 90,000 population increased by about 2,250 people in 2003, or 2.5 per cent, which is within the three per cent annual growth expected, according to township long-range planning manager Paul Crawford.

A record $125 million worth of residential development was constructed last year, said Mayor Kurt Alberts, adding that the growth will be balanced by industrial and commercial development to ensure local jobs.

“We don’t want to be just a bedroom community,” said Alberts.

The municipal goal is to have one local job per person in the labour force.

Currently, there are enough local jobs for 85 per cent of local workers, up from 70 per cent several years ago.

© The Vancouver Sun 2004


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