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Delta reviewing townhouse development proposals

One of the developments does not require council approval because it would comply with the current zoning and development permit guidelines
The proposed 84th Avenue project requires a development permit for the Nordel Social Heart Development Permit Area, aimed at revitalizing the character and function of Nordel.

The City of Delta’s Advisory Design Panel recently reviewed a pair of townhouse applications.

One the applications would see a three-storey townhouse development with one, three-unit building, two, four-unit buildings, one, six-unit building and one, seven-unit building in the 11400-block of 84th Avenue. A common amenity area would be located at the centre of the North Delta site.

The proposed development is situated a short distance from the North Delta Recreation Centre as well as North Delta Secondary.

The site is currently three single-family detached lots and in an area that had mostly older single-family homes, but is undergoing a gradual transformation.

It is bound by 84th Avenue to the north, a recently built eight-unit townhouse to the east, four single-detached houses to the south and a single-detached house to the west. There is also a six-storey apartment building and a 20-unit townhouse across 84th Avenue.

The application notes that the massing of the building attempts to balance and minimize the impact of the three-storeys.

“The resulting height and volume massing are in keeping with the nearby existing development. The proposed design breaks the monotonous character of a conventional townhouse development with the proposed varied roof-lines,” the application by Northcastle Brixton Estates Inc.

The panel’s feedback was sought, particularly with respect to the appropriateness of the architectural character of the buildings, massing, and building materials.

Still requiring rezoning, the property is designated “Medium Density Ground-Oriented Residential” in the Official Community Plan, which permits townhouses, rowhouses and other types of multiple-unit housing.

A development permit is also required for the form and character of the multiple-family development in the Nordel Social Heart Development Permit Area.

The project is currently under technical review and has yet to go to council for consideration.

A city planning department report notes staff do not have any concerns with the proposed development.

The panel also recently reviewed a proposed new townhouse complex that would be built in the evolving Southlands neighbourhood in Tsawwassen.

The application by the Century Group is for a three-storey townhouse development at 6320 Dairy Avenue. It includes one, six-unit building, one, five-unit building and one, two-unit building. A common amenity area would be provided at the southwest corner, which would include an outdoor picnic area and urban agriculture zone.

The site is located on an undeveloped block north of Market Square.

Noting council approval for the project is not required because it complies with zoning and the development permit guidelines, the planning department says staff do not have any concerns with the proposal.

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