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Delta readying Ladner Village for development

During the design process, the consultant is to identify any existing conditions or limitations that could affect development feasibility
The area the city hopes to have redeveloped is bounded by 48th Avenue, Georgia Street, Chisholm Street and Elliott Street. Sandor Gyarmati/Delta Optimist

Plans are underway for Ladner Village to be able to accommodate anticipated future growth.

The City of Delta has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to conduct roadway concept planning and a utilities analysis to accommodate redevelopment that is now permitted under a new Official Community Plan (OCP) for the area.

The new zoning increased population densities within the area by allowing more high-level, mixed-use buildings, the city notes.

Since most of the existing utilities and roadways were sized decades prior to the most recent City of Delta Design Criteria update in 2018, the OCP land use update triggered the need for an updated utilities and roadways assessments.

The city wants, among other things, cross-sections prepared for redeveloped corridors of Chisholm Street, 48th Avenue, Bridge Street, Trenant Street and Elliot Street, including active transportation facilities.

The design must enhance pedestrian walkability and include proposed upgrades to the bicycle network according to the city’s Cycling Master Plan.

A high-level transportation demand management plan for the area is to identify strategies to reduce single-occupant vehicle travel and parking demand, while a review of existing parking is to determine relocation options for a post-development scenario.

The consultant is to also review update plans and outline any potential modifications to existing intersections to improve development access, while a stormwater system analysis is to be conducted within the redevelopment area, as well as an evaluation of pipe capacities and recommendations for pipe upgrades.

The city is hoping to award the contract by the end of April with a final report submitted by the end of June.

The city’s planned redevelopment is part of the Ladner Village Revitalization Project, aimed at enhancing housing, business, recreational and transportation aspects within the area. In 2019, council formed the Ladner Village Renewal Advisory Committee to come up with recommendations.

The revitalization of Ladner Village consists of two initiatives: the Ladner Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy and the Ladner Village Official Community Plan (OCP) update.