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Housing complex proposed for Delta church property

The application involves subdividing the one lot into six fee-sample lots, six bare land strata lots and a common driveway
The rezoning application has not gone to city council yet for consideration.

The city is currently gathering public feedback on a proposed 12-unit duplex development for a property in the 7900-block of 118th Street in North Delta.

Currently occupied by a church building and a parking lot, the development would include six units of fee-simple duplexes fronting 118th Street and six units of bare land strata duplexes with a common driveway access from 79A Avenue.

The application requires an Official Community Plan amendment to change the land use designation from institutional to residential and to exempt the property from its current maximum allowable density.

The application is at a preliminary stage and has not gone to council for consideration, the planning department notes, adding that aspects of the proposal may change as the application proceeds through the review process.

Meanwhile, city council recently gave preliminary approval to a series of recommendations by the planning department to make it even easier to build such high-density projects in Delta, including removing the current unit-per-hectare density maximums.

Council also gave preliminary approval to opportunities to further reduce red tape and streamline the development application approvals process. The streamlining includes, among other things, delegating the decision to determine appropriate consultation opportunities to the community planning director.