Major residential developments eyed for Delta commercial area

Plan to radically change area from industrial and service uses to mixed-use residential goes before public October 9

Delta Optimist
October 7, 2019

The Townline area of Delta is currently dominated by older commercial buildings fronted by parking lots. The city calls it the gateway to Delta. — Sandor Gyarmati

A largely commercial and industrial area of Delta, B.C., could soon transform with mixed-use residential high-rises.

A public information meeting will take place at the Sungod Recreation Centre for residents to see what’s being considered for the so-called Townline neighbourhood.

Located in the northeast corner of North Delta, the area is near the intersection of Scott Road and 96th Avenue.

It’s bounded by Surrey borders to the north and east, a railway line to the west and 92nd Avenue to the south.

According to the City of Delta, the long-term plan is to radically change it from industrial and service uses to a residential neighbourhood with mixed-use buildings along Scott Road.

It’s anticipated that the plan will accommodate up to 2,500 new residential units with a range of heights, but predominantly six storeys with a few high-rises.

Delta council directed staff last year to develop a new mixed-use neighbourhood plan for the area to encourage redevelopment and more affordable housing and housing types, as well as improve pedestrian amenities.

The planning principals also include, among other things, considering incentives to increase the development of market-rental housing.

Meanwhile, an application for a third high-rise in North Delta that would be built in the Townline area has been put on hold by the applicant until the new neighbourhood plan is completed.

Maple Leaf Homes had applied to build a 32-storey tower in the 9500 block of Scott Road.

The public meeting on the Townline neighbourhood concept takes place Wednesday, October 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112 Street, North Delta.

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