The MK Delta Lands development adjacent to Burns Bog still has a more hoops to jump through.
Delta council gave conditional approval to the industrial development following a public hearing three years ago but final approval was pending a number of conditions being met.
The company’s development plan for the site west of Highway 91, on a 62-hectare (155-acre) parcel near Nordel Way, includes 2.2 million square feet of industrial space. MK Delta Lands says the site is ideally located for logistics or distribution centres.
Council already extended the deadline for final approval in order to give additional time for the company to get Metro Vancouver approvals.
The project moved a step closer to reality following the Agricultural Land Commission’s conditional approval last year. The ALC determined that vegetative buffering will be required for the industrial properties that abut ALR land as one condition which must be met. The land commission also ruled against placing a restrictive covenant to not allow farming activity on a parcel that is to be handed over to Delta.
A recent report to Delta council notes Metro Vancouver staff has advised that the Regional Growth Strategy policy requires an ALR exclusion before the regional district typically accepts an application to change an agricultural land use designation. Two potential approaches put forward to satisfy the requirement include meeting all the ALC conditions and then submitting an application to Metro Vancouver, or demonstrating how the ALC’s conditions will be satisfied with “a high level of certainty” for the Metro board to consider.
Council agreed with a staff recommendation to submit an application to Metro now and update the district on the status of the exclusion process when final confirmation is received from the ALC.
The development plan also includes the transfer of all the company's other land holdings, which total 132.7 hectares (328 acres), to the City of Delta for conservation, including land east of Highway 91 where the company had originally sought to build housing.