For Langley City Council
Paul Albrecht was first elected in 2014 and has lived in Langley City with his family for more than 30 years.
Paul has served on every committee and task group for the City of Langley since he joined the council. Paul is currently the chair or co-chair of the Economic Development Task Group, Environmental Sustainability Committee, Arts, Recreation, Culture & Heritage (ARCH) Committee, Crime Prevention Committee, and Magic of Christmas Committee.
Paul is also proud to have spent three years on the Executive Board of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and to currently serve as First Vice President of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA).
Paul offers a depth of expertise and understanding of all facets of municipal administration, including infrastructure, planning, land use, zoning, and all other public services, as a Civil Engineering Technologist with 40 years of experience.
Paul is a firm believer in teamwork and making decisions based on solid evidence, which includes creating a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for collaboration and discussion with other senior levels of government, council members, city employees, and most importantly, Langley City residents.
Paul is dedicated to continuing to build a Community for Everyone.
I will create attainable housing opportunities as everyone needs and deserves a place to live. It is crucial that every person in Langley City has access to housing. To make sure that as a community we satisfy our housing requirements, I will continue to engage with all levels of government. We must address the gaps in our housing inventory, from rentals to single-family ownership, to ensure that everyone has a place to live. Residents in Langley City need to be able to prosper, start families, and age in place without feeling compelled to move elsewhere due to cost. They shouldn't be compelled to leave because of the economy; they should only do it voluntarily. In order to build a diverse and equitable community, I will keep fighting to safeguard our rental properties and their tenants as well as to develop affordable housing choices. A community for everyone!
I will safeguard the residents of Langley and the city itself, by placing a high priority on public safety. Public safety is at the top of mind when having conversations with residents, and business owners in Langley City. Currently our police budget is our single largest expense, yet the current model seems to come up short and is not working effectively. As a council we need to review the policing model that currently exists and as a community we need to become actively involved in what a new model looks like. We require participation from residents, business, industries, and service providers to work with council and our RCMP to develop a Langley-made city model that will serve our community more effectively.
We must have a community where everyone is heard and feels safe, a community for everyone!
I will work with council members and staff to ensure that we create the sort of community and future that all residents and businesses deserve in light of the upcoming arrival of Skytrain. In addition to making sure that the property is used properly and that investments are based on solid data, I'll also make sure that there are more public places available and that utilities are maintained to meet future requirements. I'll see to it that we examine our bylaw, fire, and operations department needs in order to create a timely and effective action plan to fulfil the demands and growing expectations that growth will bring to our town. By conducting appropriate evaluations, setting aside money, planning ahead, and repairing old city infrastructure before they fail, I will make sure that our deteriorating roads, sidewalks, underground utilities, and other assets are maintained and improved. Taking a proactive approach to our infrastructure will ensure we maintain a community for everyone!
EnvironmenT Protection and restoration
I will continue to fight for the preservation and repair of the damaged environment caused by human activities. I'll see to it that our trails, parks, and green spaces—current environmental treasures—are preserved, protected, and enhanced. To lessen the heat island effect brought on by concrete, asphalt, and buildings, I'll see to it that environmental elements are incorporated into new construction, especially along the future SkyTrain track. The series of climate-related incidents that have affected BC have shown how important our natural ecosystem is. Residents during Covid have expressed their appreciation for our open areas, and I will work to keep them pristine, well-maintained, and pleasant for everyone in our community!