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Langford was ranked #1 as B.C.’s fastest-growing city in a recent report prepared by B.C. Stats.

With Langford at 5.2 percent annual growth, Langford added 2,004 people between 2018 – 2019 for a total of approximately 42,653 residents and nearly 12,000 people since 2011.

Langford’s position at the top is no accident, said Casey Edge, executive director of the Victoria Residential Builders Association.

“You can’t have population growth without housing and last year, Langford built 37 per cent of all housing in Greater Victoria,” he said.

Population growth requires infrastructure to keep pace, but Langford Mayor Stew Young said finding the balance is not rocket science.

“Keeping up with growth is no problem at all as long as you plan and don’t sit there for five years waiting to make a decision,” he said. “You have to use common sense. You can’t have that many people come out and live here without facilities for them.”

Young said that recreational facilities, schools, commercial centres, offices, roads and services have all been added to handle that growth.

Young said building affordable housing is Langford’s responsibility in the region because it has the land, but attracting businesses, offices and jobs is by design, to allow families to live and work in one place.

The municipality’s priorities have now turned to the needs of a larger community, and include an effort to have a theatre and a university.

“As we grow as a city, we need to think of things like that,” Young said.

 

Times Colonist

February 2, 2020 06:00 AM

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