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Delta receives major redevelopment application

The 2.4 hectare (5.9 acre) site is currently occupied by a one-storey shopping centre
While a rezoning is required, the planning department says the application is consistent with the Official Community Plan.

A major residential development application for North Delta has been formally submitted to the city.

Council this week discussed a report from the planning department on the proposal for a four-building mixed-use high-rise development at the Delta Shoppers site at 8037 to 8087 Scott Road.

The development includes 877 residential units, 125,839 square-feet of office space and 80,752 square-feet of commercial space.

The planning department notes the proposal is consistent with the Official Community Plan (OCP), which means a public hearing is not required.

Mayor George Harvie said he wants the city to have at least four public information meetings on the project as part of the public engagement process.

The report notes that under the proposal, the east side of the site would include two, 32-storey towers atop five and nine-storey podiums with 643 market condo units in the towers.

The podiums would include a mix of retail at grade and office and the residential above.

The site has been designed so that a central plaza with public spaces would be formed between the podiums of the towers.

The west side of the site would include a 10-storey mid-rise building with 150 senior-oriented housing units above at-grade retail, a six-storey rental building with 67 market and 17 non-market rental housing units above at-grade retail.

The project would include indoor and outdoor common amenity space in several locations.

A total of 1,685 parking stalls in an underground parkade are also proposed.

The project was discussed at council’s Committee of the Whole Meeting last fall during a pre-application phase.

The Delta staff report adds that one aspect of the project that has changed since that presentation is that the childcare facility component of the application has changed from one facility that could accommodate 30 children to two facilities for a total of 60 children.

Chris Andison, CEO of Value Property Group, at the November presentation described the concept as “a city within a city” with tremendous opportunity.

Located between the Delta Rise residential tower and the Real Canadian Superstore, the site’s current designation is for a mix of uses including retail and office commercial, multiple-family residential, recreation, cultural, public and open space.

A group of residents at the Delta Rise tower have already conveyed concerns including traffic impacts. The group also says the project doesn’t conform to the recommendations for the area put forward by the Mayor's Housing Task Force for Scott Road.