Advisory Committees & Commissions:
- Advisory Planning Commission
- Board of Variance Committee
- Youth Advisory Committee
Other City Committees:
- Canadian Pacific Railway Community Advisory Panel
- Community Day Event Committee
- Magic of Christmas Parade Committee
**Please note all applicants must have their own transportation to and from Langley City Hall.
What do Committees and Commissions do?
The general purpose of the City’s committees and commissions is to provide advice to Council on matters referred to them by Council. Council’s decision-making process is strengthened by involving committees of Council in detailed discussions of key issues. The City of Langley feels that the entire community benefits when members of the public work together on committees to provide advice and as such welcomes interested residents to become involved in the community by participating as a member of one of its committees or commissions.
How do I apply to become a member?
City Council welcomes applications from citizens interested in volunteering their time. The appointment term is for one year from January to December with the exception of the Board of Variance which is a three year appointment. You are welcome to submit an application any time of year by completing the Committee and Commission Application Form (link below). The deadline to apply for a position for the upcoming year is November 1st of the current year. Appointments are made in December and those being considered for a position will be contacted to further discuss your application.
Who can be members of the Committees and Commissions?
Committees consist of members of the public who are residents of the City of Langley or representatives from other local organizations such as the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, Business Association, and Environmental groups. The Chair and Vice Chair of the committees/commissions are members of council appointed by the Mayor. Staff members also attend as a resource to the committee providing information on City operations, bylaw and policies.
What is the expectation of a member of a committee or commission?
Each committee is distinguished by their membership, whether this includes members of the community at large, or representatives from various organizations. Council endorses the size and composition of the membership through the terms of reference and by appointment of the individual members. When an individual applies and is appointed by Council to participate on a particular committee, their role is to represent the community as a whole. This member has one vote on the committee when in attendance at a meeting. If the committee’s terms of reference appoints a particular organization as a member, an individual of that organization will participate on the committee as a representative and will have one vote on the committee when in attendance at a meeting.
What is the expected time commitment for a Committee or Commission Member?
Most committees meet once a month between January and December except in August and they usually take place at City Hall from 7pm – 9pm on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. If a committee or commission member fails to attend three consecutive meetings without an exception from the Chair that person may be removed from the committee or commission.
What are the various Committees and Commissions?
The City has several different committees providing recommendations on a wide range of programs, policies and services.
Advisory Planning Commission – Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
The Advisory Planning Commission (“APC”) is an advisory body which reviews planning applications such as amendments to the Official Community Plan, rezoning applications, development permit applications and other planning related permits. This commission provides advice to Council on matters respecting land use, community or proposed bylaws and permits. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Langley or eligible to vote in municipal elections as a non-resident property owner.
Board of Variance – Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month when required
The Board of Variance is a 5 member, independent body that primarily deals with requests from citizens for the relaxation of regulations for siting, size and dimensions of buildings where compliance with the City’s Zoning Bylaw would cause an undue hardship. Appointments to this committee are for three years.
Youth Advisory Committee - Meets the 1st Thursday of the month
This committee advises Council, staff and the community about current youth issues and makes recommendations on youth starategies, initiatives and policies. It's an excellent opportunity to come together and plan special events for the youth - the most exciting of which is Youth Week in early May each year! Volunteers will gain leadership and communication experience and hands-on skills in a variety of areas. Appointments to this committee are from October - June each school year. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 - 24.
Community Day Event Committee – meeting dates tba
This committee coordinates the Community Day Event held annually on the third Saturday in June. Members work hard behind the scenes to execute a successful event that provides an entire day of family fun in our community. All volunteers are welcome!
Christmas Parade Committee– meeting dates tba
This committee needs individuals overflowing with Christmas spirit to help organize, and work behind the scenes of the Christmas Parade, held every year the first Saturday in December.
Canadian Pacific Railway Community Advisory Panel - meeting dates tba
This committee provides a forum for the exchange of information between CP Rail, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. The committee members provide recommendations to CPR, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley on specific issues as required, and assist in the resolution of issues between CPR and both communities. Membership is comprised of two council members from each community, two representatives from CPR, staff members of the City & Township, a representative from the Vancouver Port Authority, and one resident 'member at large' from each of the City and the Township of Langley. The members at large are appointed for a two year term.