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City of Delta offering assurance on Southlands housing number

City planning staff note Century Group is not trying to add more housing density at the Southlands
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Southlands project manager Brad Semke and Century Group president Sean Hodgins.

The Century Group is not trying to add even more housing at the Southlands than what has been originally been approved by the City of Delta.

Responding to a letter writer to council who expressed concern about a recent notification for a development permit application at the site, city staff noted additional homes, above the 950 units already approved, as well as the 80,000 square feet of commercial space overall, have not been requested.

Part of the overall, originally approved development number, the latest application is for a new three-storey mixed-use development with ground floor commercial space and 19 residential units above, as well as 10 row homes.

The first phase of completed homes at the Southlands have sold out and more are coming onto market.

Meanwhile, work is continuing at the Southlands, bounded by 56th Street on the west and Boundary Bay Road on the east, which will gradually transform the site into a new community centered on the concept of agricultural urbanism.

Given final Delta approval in 2016, it had been a long road for Century Group president Sean Hodgins to develop the 215-hectare (537-acre) Tsawwassen property, a road that began a decade earlier when he started consultations through Smart Growth BC.

His vision at the time was for something very different from the type of housing the community has seen before, following concepts of new urbanism and agricultural urbanism.

After a series of twists and turns over the years, what he finally got approval for was a project that will eventually see 950 housing units built on 20 per cent of the land.

The remaining 80 per cent of the property was handed over to Delta, much of it for farming including a community farm.