November 22, 2011 in the Langley Advance

By Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance November 22, 2011

Centrally located land sold: A chunk of land in downtown Fort Langley could be sold to a developer

The sale of a plot of Langley Township-owned land near the core of Fort Langley has been all but finalized. The 1.85 acre site is to the north-east of the Fort Langley firehall, and is to be sold to Lanstone Homes for $1.8 million.

The Township acquired the land when it bought space for the new firehall some years ago. It never had any need of the land, however, and has been quietly working to sell it ever since. According to Scott Thompson, manager of the Township’s property services department, the land also abuts some homes on Edal Avenue and a nearby mobile home park. It doesn’t have direct street access right now but is close to the dead end of Mavis Avenue.

Thompson said the Township has a “firm agreement” to sell the land to Lanstone. A notice in today’s Langley Advance (Tuesday) is the first official notification that the property is being sold. According to planner Ramin Seifi, the land is designated for multi-family development in the Fort’s community plan, but it’s currently zoned for larger lots.

Lanson Foster of Lanstone Homes said his company has also bought an adjacent camping area, bringing the total amount of land to 4.5 acres. It plans multi-family housing for the area, although he said it will be relatively low-density, with townhomes and not condos contemplated.

In the new year, Lanstone will start a community consultation process over the form of the development. The land is not part of the Fort’s heritage conservation area. It has no buildings at present, and is largely covered with trees.

The money from the sale of the municipal land will go into the Township’s land reserve account, unless the council decides otherwise, to be used for buying other pieces of property around Langley. The land is one of the last undeveloped pieces of property left near the core of Fort Langley.

Lanstone Homes is a Murrayville-based developer that has built custom homes in the Fort, as well as townhouse developments in Walnut Grove.

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