LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – If you’ve looked at Langley as a potentially more affordable place to live in Metro Vancouver, you’re not alone; the City and Township are both expecting major growth in the next two decades.

“By all estimates, we are looking at potentially doubling our population within the next twenty years,” explains Chamber of Commerce President Scott Johnston.

He believes the sense of community is becoming increasingly attractive. “Langley is a great place to invest, to work, to live, to play. It truly is a community of communities. There truly is something for everyone here whether it is horses or fine restaurants. We have it all.”

Several areas are seeing the shift but some regions are seeing more growth than others. “Right now it is focused generally along the 200th street corridor near Highway 1. That being said, all the communities in Langley are experiencing surges in population growth rates, growth rates overall and projected population.”

And to critics who point out the rising cost of housing in the area, Johnston says it’s still a good deal for buyers and business owners compared to the rest of Metro Vancouver.

“Another factor is obviously affordability given the cost of housing in particularly the City of Vancouver. It is just not affordable for young families to set up a home in Vancouver, so we are seeing a lot of migration out of Vancouver proper and other communities north of the Fraser.”

The population boom could also bring about changes to the way the region looks. “With over 80 per cent of the land in Langley being in the Agricultural Land Reserve, the only way we can really build is up so I anticipate you will see more and more development in Langley heading skyward,” he adds.