Delta council on Tuesday approved moving an application to build a housing development that would front Delta’s new casino to the next step following a public hearing.
The application by Ron Toigo’s Shato Holdings would see the property at 6115 Highway 17A developed into 153-unit complex with 138 apartment condos in two buildings and 15 townhouse units.
Located near the interchange of Highways 99 and 17A, the development requires an Official Community Plan amendment, rezoning and other approvals.
The residential buildings would be connected by an under-building parkade for residents and visitors, accessed via a new private road.
The proposal also includes 15 of the condos supported with an affordable housing funding arrangement, whereby the owner would loan five percent of the market value of the units, or $503,500 in total contributions, whichever is greater. If the total amount of the loans provided under the program is less than $503,500, then the owner would be required to pay the difference to Delta.
The five percent value of the loan would be secured by a mortgage registered against the purchased property and would be repayable by the eligible purchaser to the City of Delta after a 10-year term, or when the unit sells, whichever comes first.
According to the planning department, the location is not consistent with several OCP policies regarding where multiple-family housing should be located. The project would, however, be consistent with the OCP’s goal of providing housing that meets the needs of residents of different income levels.
In a presentation to council at the hearing, Wayne Fougere said the development would be offered to Delta residents before the wider market. He also noted that for those who don’t want to drive, a nearby TransLink bus stop (Bus #640) would enable residents to catch a bus to the Ladner Exchange.
Only a few people spoke at the hearing, almost all in favour. Toigo was in attendance but did not speak.
One representative of a nearby businesses said businesses in the area are conveying concern about residential growth and potential restrictions for businesses, asking for measures to ensure their operations won’t be impacted.
Planning staff note that the owner would be required to enter a covenant to advise buyers of the proximity of the site to agricultural properties in the area, a major highway and an entertainment complex, and the associated nuisances such as noise, dust, odours, light and air pollution.
Council agreed to grant third reading with only Coun. Dan Copeland voted in opposition, saying the development is “a typical example of urban sprawl.”
Shato Holdings Ltd. also owns the land where the casino and hotel now under construction will be located.
Gateway Casino & Entertainment Ltd. is leasing that site.