Langford’s City Hall, located at 877 Goldstream Ave. (Gazette file photo)

Langford residents keep their yards pretty tidy

A city bylaw official says few unsightly premises complaints are made

The grass is always cleaner in Langford and according to a city bylaw official, Langford residents are pretty good about keeping it that way.

Bylaw complaints for unsightly premises have declined since the late ’90s and early 2000s according to Lorne Fletcher, manager of community safety and municipal enforcement with the City of Langford.

Fletcher said it was around that time that the city started to see landscaping in the downtown core and guidelines on building appearances. He said the city began to become more refined.

READ MORE: Colwood tree bylaw causing problems

“All of these started to convey to the public that we were taking pride as a community,” Fletcher said. “As a result of that, new arrivals and even those long-term residents started to say ‘we are part of a proud community here.’”

Fletcher said that now, about one or two complaints a month come in about properties that may not be up to the standard of surrounding residents.

The unsightly premises bylaw refers specifically to properties that have “accumulations of garbage, interior furniture or appliances out in the yard, graffiti, pet feces, derelict trailers, etc.” according to the city’s website.

It does not refer to poorly maintained properties, weeds or overgrown lawns.

READ MORE: CRD issues 40 warning tickets to rule-breaking cyclists

“The title of the bylaw is a bit misleading because often times people believe that means their subjective approach can be applied and that’s not anywhere near the case,” Fletcher said. “There’s more of an objective design to that bylaw.”

More common bylaw complaints, according to Fletcher, have to do with things like noise, heavy truck traffic on certain roads and people being unhappy about the way someone has parked on their street.

“Council does not have an interest in over-regulating the residents of Langford,” Fletcher said. “[They have] been deliberate in their approach to designing and regulating bylaws.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Active police incident in Langford prompts police to request nearby residents stay inside

West Shore RCMP ask public to avoid Station Avenue and Peatt Road area

New sidewalk, bike lane coming to Metchosin Road near Royal Bay

Gablecraft Homes making improvements, moving offices

City of Victoria to hold formal safety review after man was left hanging from raised bridge

More and more people seen ignoring safety measurements in place, city staff say

The Trading Post in Langford is up for sale

For sale sign and retirement sign spotted Tuesday

CRD holding off repairing Sooke Potholes viewing area after winter landslide

Area likely to experience continued failure of slope, officials say

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

POLL: Do you use a food delivery app?

With modern life becoming more hectic with each passing day and so… Continue reading

Vancouver Island teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students, parents

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Most Read