EKISTICS undertook a concept design process and rezoning application for the former McDonald Cedar Mill site in Fort Langley. The concept plan proposed to rezone and subdivide the mill properties from their heavy industrial land uses to a Comprehensive Development (CD) zone, permitting the site to be developed with a mixture of residential and small-scale commercial land uses.
Perhaps the greatest civic feature of the mill site redevelopment masterplan was the reconnection of the Fort Langley community to the Fraser River – a defining feature that had been largely lost since the 1920’s with operation of the mill on its banks. Uninterrupted public riverfront access along the Bedford Channel was proposed to the length of the site, re-establishing the historic Fort-to-Fort Trail westwards to the mouth of the Salmon River.
The project, now known as Bedford Landing, intended to create a traditionally inspired, seamless extension of the historic Fort Langley village. More than 60% of the 78-acre site was dedicated as parkland and green space with public trails and walkways throughout, along with the public riverfront promenade along the Fraser, connecting the two historic Fort locations.
The provision of neighbourhood openspace, the tree-lined streets, the mix of home types and arrangements of the buildings, as well as the architectural form of the homes have all been sensitively considered in the context of the heritage context and, taken together, all of these design elements combine to create a truly special neighbourhood.
Construction of Bedford landing is ongoing, with four of the total six phases sold and the last residential and mixed-use village phases underway.