A controversial proposal to build the city’s second high-rise should be put on hold, for now.
Coun. Jeannie Kanakos made that notice of motion at Delta council’s meeting this Monday to halt any further consideration of the development proposed for Scott Road and 75A Avenue.
Kanakos noted that until concerns raised by the community are addressed, and relevant studies are completed, including the city’s housing needs assessment, the project shouldn’t proceed. She also noted a home ownership program through B.C. Housing that’s been included in the latest version of the application might play a more significant role. Kanakos also said the wider community can be better consulted.
Hari Homes Inc. originally proposed a 35-storey high-rise with 280 units, as well as 14 townhouse on site. A revised proposal this year now includes a home ownership program for some of the units in conjunction with B.C. Housing, while increasing the number of high-rise units to 329 and reducing the number of townhomes to six. While the developer has garnered support, the application is facing wide-spread opposition from area residents who continue to submit letters and petitions to city hall.
Hari Homes says it's focused on providing affordable and attainable housing options.
The motion by Kanakos will be discussed at council’s July 29 meeting.