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North Delta housing proposal moves closer to reality

A previous high-rise proposal at the site was defeated two years ago following a public hearing
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While the proposal involves an amendment to the Official Community Plan to exempt the properties from the maximum unit density in the North Delta Area Plan, the amendment is consistent with the policy direction recommended by the Mayor's Housing Task Force for Scott Road, according to Delta planning staff.

Delta council moved a proposed high-density development on Scott Road a step closer to reality following a public hearing on Tuesday.

The application by Hari Homes would see properties at the corner of Scott Road and 75A Avenue consolidated and redeveloped with 155 condo units in two, six-storey buildings, as well as 10 townhouse units in two, three-storey buildings.

Also having a two-storey amenity building, the development would also have two levels of underground parking.

Only two people spoke at the hearing, both in favour.

According to Delta planning staff, the proposal, which must still go back to council for final approval, complies with the maximum six-storey height and floor space ratio in the Official Community Plan.

The applicant has worked with staff to ensure that the proposal aligns with the policy direction of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force for Scott Road. 

The Scott Road corridor is currently designated for densification in the North Delta Area Plan using both a unit density (units per hectare) and floor space ratio approach for most land use designations. 

The task force had recommended that the unit density maximums be removed so that density is calculated solely by a floor space ratio. 

Staff are currently reviewing the task force recommendations and implementation processes. 

In the interim, council resolved that other applications be allowed to proceed and be evaluated in light of the task force's policy recommendations, planning staff note.

During council’s discussion Tuesday, Coun. Jeannie Kanakos said she was pleased to see a new development proposal for the corner that better fits with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Mayor George Harvie also said he was pleased to see a revised proposal that took into account the recommendations of his task force.

In 2019, the majority of council voted to reject an application to build a 35-storey high-rise with 329 units, as well as six townhouses, on the site.

Following the defeat of that application, Harvie announced he would form a special task force to come up with recommendations for future development along the Scott Road corridor.

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