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Ladner housing project to grow bigger

Requiring an amendment under the current OCP, the revised plan would see the Evergreen Lane project expand from an initially approved 198 units to 260 units
Construction on the first phase of the affordable housing project is well underway. Sandor Gyarmati photo

The City of Delta has received a formal application to change the scope of the Evergreen Lane housing project in Ladner.

The rezoning and development amendment proposal is for a six-storey, non-market rental housing development containing 138 apartment units for Phase 2 of the project, located at the southern section of the site in 4600-block of Evergreen Lane.

Consistent with the Neighbourhood Centres and Corridors designation under the proposed new Official Community Plan (OCP), the proposal would result in an increase in what had been previously been approved for the second phase.

The development for seniors, families and inclusive housing for persons with intellectual disabilities was originally a two-phase, 198-unit project. It received final approval two years ago.

The first phase is now under construction and includes 130 housing units in a four-storey apartment building, on the north portion of the site.

The new proposal for the second phase would increase the number of non-market rental units from 68 apartments, with an increase in height from four-storeys.

Members of the Affordable Housing Societies made a presentation to council last fall to discuss the proposed revision.

“Economic and affordable housing need conditions have changed since the project was approved in July 2022 and there is currently an impetus from federal and provincial governments to have local governments respond to the acute national housing crisis,” a report to council at the time noted. “As such, the applicant has identified an opportunity to respond to current housing needs by requesting additional density and height in order to increase the affordable housing supply, the economic viability for the project and efficiencies for the site.”