Rising Land Costs and Langley's Densification - Western investor & VARING

Land costs threaten densification around Langley transit stations

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Developers, investors may reduce density to save on costs or sell to groups with the financial capacity for higher-density projects


Langley is on the brink of a transformative phase, targeting increased density around key transit nodes. The initiative, while promising, is met with considerable financial hurdles, particularly in the realm of land acquisition, construction, and regulatory costs. Joe Varing, Director of Sales at Varing Marketing Group, provides a critical perspective on navigating these challenges.

Key Development Areas:

Carvolth Transit Exchange and 200 Street Corridor: Identified as primary zones for increased density, aligning with government legislation and local development plans.
Shift Towards Multifamily Condos and Highrises: A strategic pivot to accommodate growth and maximize the use of transit-oriented development areas.

Economic Challenges:

Rising Costs: Developers face escalating land holding costs, construction expenses, and the impact of municipal fees and taxes.

Financial Viability: The high costs associated with development, exacerbated by interest rates, pose significant challenges to project profitability.

Joe Varing's Insights:

Cost Implications for Developers:

  • Local development charges and Metro Vancouver fees significantly increase the cost burden on condo developments, townhomes, and single-family homes.
  • The economic viability of higher-density projects is increasingly difficult to achieve, given the current financial landscape.

Strategic Considerations for Development:

Navigating Economic Hurdles: Developers must engage in strategic financial planning to overcome the challenges posed by rising costs and regulatory complexities.
Adaptability and Strategic Planning: The ability to adapt to changing market conditions and strategically plan projects is crucial for realizing Langley's development potential.

Joe Varing's perspective highlights the intricate balance between pursuing ambitious densification goals and managing the economic realities of development projects in Langley. His insights serve as a valuable guide for developers navigating the complexities of urban growth in a challenging economic environment.

For clarification on any of the above topics or to discuss them more in detail, please reach out to us at info@varinggroup.com or by phone at 604.565.3478

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Joe Varing
Personal Real Estate Corporation Ltd.

Homelife Advantage Realty (Central Valley) Ltd.

360 - 3033 Immel St, Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2

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