Having a say on big Delta development proposals

It’s the way to put your two cents in during the pandemic.

The city on Friday wrapped up a virtual public engagement session for the proposed townhouse application on 72nd Avenue.

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The online question-and-answer period was an opportunity for residents to learn more and give feedback on the application to build the 64 units on several consolidated single-family lots at the corner of 72nd Avenue at 116th Street.

The application was submitted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and since then the applicant increased the number of proposed units from 56 to 64 and the number of buildings from 11 to 13.

With concerns about holding in-person public information meetings, the city has had to figure out virtual ways to continue with the development process while still notifying residents and gathering their input.

More such virtual engagements sessions could be on the horizon with other applications such as the one submitted this year to develop a farm property adjacent to the Highway 91 interchange in rural East Delta into a major industrial use. Still in its early days, that application by Earth King Investments Inc., called Delta Fresh, would see the construction of a cold storage warehouse and food processing facility at the site located across from the Sunshine Woods golf course.

Some of the other applications include the Kin Village Association’s proposal to build a 152-unit, four-to-six-storey purpose-built seniors' affordable rental building on 54A St., as well as an application by Focus Architecture to build a 32-storey, 285-unit condo high-rise at Scott Road and 93A Avenue, and the proposal to build 198-units of non-market seniors and family housing on Evergreen Lane in Ladner.

The planning department, meanwhile, recently gave council an update on the city’s website refresh and digital strategy initiatives.

Workshops and public engagement, using tools like Zoom and Delta's new Bang the Table platform, will help determine where council, staff and the community would like to see the city progress over the next three years, according to staff.

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