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Achieving for Delta releases livability plan

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The Achieving for Delta team of candidates for council and school board.

Mayor George Harvie’s Achieving for Delta team has released their Livability Plan to keep generations together in Delta and create a livable and vibrant community where everyone feels welcome.

Delta was ranked by Maclean’s Magazine in 2021 as the best community in Metro Vancouver. The Achieving for Delta team has a plan to keep it that way.

“To ensure that we have a sustainable community moving forward, we need to continue to attract people to Delta from all ages and income brackets,” said incumbent Coun. Dylan Kruger who is seeking re-election. “To urgently address the growing housing crisis being felt across the region, it has never been more important to elect a mayor and council who understand the importance of reducing red tape around permitting and working collaboratively with below-market housing agencies and the private sector to get housing options built for our families, seniors, and Delta’s most vulnerable.”

While other candidates have denied the realities of the housing crisis, Harvie and the Achieving for Delta team worked tirelessly to deliver historic housing agreements that put the priorities of Delta communities first. This includes negotiating provisions to put Delta residents at the front of the line for purchases and rentals, securing much-needed below-market rental units, and ensuring investment in greenspace.

To keep Delta’s youth and seniors thriving, this past term saw the introduction of free admission passes to all Delta Parks, Recreation, and Culture facilities and drop-in activities for Delta youth and seniors over 75. Annual funding for Deltassist was approved by council to help enable their support to seniors in our community.

Only Harvie and the Achieving for Delta team have the experience and record on housing to deliver on these solutions to keep generations together and thriving in Delta.

Their Livability Plan includes:

• Increasing housing options for young families, seniors, and Delta’s most vulnerable. Fighting for additional housing options, including smart density in Delta’s town centres; below-market rental for those who need it most; missing middle housing options including coach houses and duplexes; and rental suites.

• Supporting adults with varying abilities. Over 5,000 adults in B.C. with intellectual disabilities are looking for homes to own. Close to 500 of these individuals live in Delta. We will work with local groups such as the Delta Housing Be Mine Society to identify and support additional and inclusive housing options for adults with varying abilities.

• Increasing daycare space in Delta. Fighting for urgently needed childcare spaces in Delta by working with operators to invest in existing commercial facilities that can be easily converted into new childcare centres and reducing red tape for new operators looking to invest in our community.

• Supporting our seniors. Continuing to invest in our seniors’ programs and mobility to keep our parents and grandparents thriving, such as our expanded free seniors’ bus program, annual funding for Deltassist, and free admission passes to all Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture facilities.

• Modernizing our communities. We will continue to advance projects that revitalize our community hubs and support our local businesses, like our pop-up parks, expanded restaurant patios, the “Responsible Drinking in Delta Parks” initiative, and our summer concert series. Over the last three weeks, the Achieving for Delta team released their Parks Capital Plan, Public Safety Plan and Fiscal Plan.

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