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Delta council narrowly allows skyscraper application to move forward

Staff were asked to bring back additional information for the public hearing including a third-party report on the value of land to be exchanged
delta high-rise proposal scott rd and 93a ave
An Official Community Plan amendment is not required for the high-rise proposal as the application complies with the North Delta Area Plan.

The public will have a chance to comment on an application to build a second high-rise tower in the City of Delta.

In a narrow vote on Monday, council voted 4-3 to send the proposed residential complex along the Scott Road corridor to a public hearing.

Councillors Lois Jackson, Dan Copeland and Jeannie Kanakos voted in opposition while Bruce McDonald, Dylan Kruger and Alicia Guichon voted in favour, with Mayor George Harvie casting the deciding vote to move the application forward.

The application is to build a 29-storey, mixed-use development in the 9300-block of Scott Road and 11900 block of 93A Avenue.

The residential and commercial development would comprise 264 units in the residential tower with ground floor commercial space, a daycare as well as a six-storey, 50-unit rental building.

The development proposal also includes a negotiated community benefits package including the provision of 50 secured rental dwelling units, of which 10 units would be provided at below-market rates.

The site is located within the so-called Townline Neighbourhood, which calls for higher density residential development along that northern stretch of the corridor.

McDonald, noting the application is in compliance of what’s been envisioned for the area, said while the city has received letters in opposition and a petition, he’s not convinced there’s “overwhelming opposition” due to the fact thousands of notifications were sent to both the Delta and Surrey sides of Scott Road.

During their discussion, Harvie said he would like to see the proposed childcare facility come under Delta’s ownership.

The public hearing will held on Tuesday, June 8 at 4 p.m., via ZOOM.

Delta’s first skyscraper is the Delta Rise tower in North Delta.