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Delta preparing for high-density residential growth in Ladner

An analysis will be undertaken on what should be the main’s size based on increased population
An image showing the planned new sanitary sewer main and its catchment boundary. City of Delta image

The City of Delta has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to come up with the pre-design, detailed design, tender and construction administration and inspection for upgrading a stretch of sanitary sewer main that will serve new development in Ladner.

The approximately 400 metres of new sanitary sewer main is on 53 Street, from 48A Avenue to Linden Drive.

According to the city, the existing asbestos cement sanitary main along the street was built in 1969 and will be upgraded to accommodate planned high-density in the area.

The project will involve investigating the future design flows for the catchment area and determining the proposed pipe sizes. Some lots previously not serviced by the existing main will be serviced by the proposed replacement main.

The pre-design component of the project is to be completed no later than May 2024, and the detailed design should be completed no later than June 2024 for construction tendering this August.

Construction is scheduled to commence this September.

Council recently approved a 211-unit residential development application in the area, a rental apartment building comprising 87 units and a market condo building with 124 dwelling units.

The development, located at 5349, 5359 and 5367 Ladner Trunk Rd. and 4834 and 4844 53 St., consists of a two-storey building podium and two L-shaped four-storey residential buildings above for a total of six storeys.

The former zoning of the site was single-detached residential.

The catchment area for the new main also includes the nearby Trenant Park Square shopping centre. The shopping mall was sold in September 2020 to Vancouver-headquartered Keltic Canada Development for $64.5 million, but there’s been no word if any redevelopment plans are on the horizon.

Meanwhile, the city is currently reviewing public feedback on a separate housing redevelopment proposal further down Ladner Trunk Road.

The Red Door Housing Society submitted a new application to redevelop the Ladner Willows low-income housing complex on Ladner Trunk Road at 55B Street, a proposal that would see 146 units replacing the 40-unit existing complex.

That application, which is not in the catchment area of the planned new sewer main up the road, has not come to council for consideration to send it to a public hearing.