Langford council approved road closures for the Leigh Road Interchange project. For the week of March 18 to March 22, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Spencer and McCallum Rd. (formerly Brock Ave.) will be closed to traffic. The closures allow for sewer service installations. Access to the Shell gas station will remain open off and onto the Trans Canada Highway, but Spencer road will be closed beyond that. Residents who live on those roads will be able to get through intermittently.
Riding to remember
On May 18 Langford will host a memorial ride by the North American Motor Officers Association as a part of its annual conference being held at this year at Western Speedway.
The association is a collection of police motorcycle officers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alberta and B.C. Approximately 120 to 150 motorcycle-riding police officers will ride from the speedway to Royal Roads University in honour of fallen police officers killed during 2012.
The ride will start at 12 p.m. Local police will marshall the traffic route and there is expected to be minimal disruptions.
Honouring the mayor
At the Monday, March 4 council meeting the Federation of Canadian Municipalities presented Langford Mayor Stew Young with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his 20 years of service as an elected official.
Council is expected to adopt amendments to its zoning bylaw which will change some of the rules surrounding off-street parking spaces for new buildings.
The amendments will put priority on having more parking spots required for buildings outside of the downtown core, and fewer for buildings in the downtown core.
“We’re trying to right-size the parking to what we’ve seen as the true demand,” said Matthew Baldwin, director of planning. “The reason for a lower number in the core is because there’s more opportunity living a transit lifestyle.”
A new provision will also allow a certain number of vehicle spaces to be reduced in exchange for an increased number of spaces for bicycles.
The amendment has gone through public hearing and is expected to be adopted at council on Monday, March 18.