Darcy Green, independent candidate for Delta city council, is calling for the creation of Neighbourhood Area Plans within the Official Community Plan (OCP) to guide development in Delta.
“For many years, the OCP has been the guide for development in Delta,” says Green in a news release. “We must create more specific area plans so development fits the needs of a neighborhood rather than a community.”
The OCP has been treated as a living document for several years. If the Official Community Plan is continually altered, residents are unable to see what their neighbourhood will truly look like in the short and medium term, says Green.
“Affordable housing and development are a key part of my platform released in September,” he says. “In my conversations with residents, I am hearing that they are concerned a sudden change to the OCP will negatively affect their neighbourhood. I have also heard from residents that they are weary about moving to more densified areas of Delta because of these sudden changes. It is simply not good for the growth of these areas of our city.”
The development of Neighbourhood Area Plans would allow for residents to have more comprehensive input on development in their neighbourhood and set a clear expectation for what type of development is allowed in each area. It would also provide an opportunity to explore locations for creative affordable housing options, such as co-housing.
“We must become more specific and creative in our planning of development in Delta. As the city grows, development is absolutely required, but must suit the individual needs of each neighbourhood. Stability is needed for residents of these areas.”
The election takes place Oct. 20.