Housing Action Plan

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On November 8, 2021, Delta City Council approved the City's Housing Action Plan. A copy of the report and the Plan can be found here. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on this important project, and we look forward to working to further the actions and strategies in the Plan.


Background

In 2019, the City began developing a Housing Action Plan to help address Delta’s current and future housing needs.

For Phase 1 of this project, we conducted a Housing Needs Assessment with residents and stakeholders to better understand Delta’s current housing situation and decide what are Delta’s priority needs for housing. The key areas we identified are:






Phase 2 saw the development of draft strategies to address the needs identified in Phase 1. Through the input of Council, stakeholders and the broader community, those strategies were further refined and incorporated into a draft Housing Action Plan.



In Phase 3, the draft Housing Action Plan was developed with input from the community and key stakeholders. Following that refinement work, Delta City Council approved the City's new Housing Action Plan on November 8, 2021. You can find a copy of the Council report and the Housing Action Plan here. The Plan reflects the City's commitment to taking action on housing over the next five years, with eight strategies to address Delta's housing needs. The strategies are:

  1. Promote priority housing types through a comprehensive incentives package
  2. Explore ways to increase land availability for priority housing
  3. Introduce tenant relocation and rental stock protection policies
  4. Pilot prezoning in select areas near town centres
  5. Create opportunities for gentle density
  6. Increase the number of accessible units in Delta
  7. Strengthen partnerships and advocacy
  8. Pilot inclusionary zoning


Next steps

Now that the Housing Action Plan has been approved, City staff are already working to implement the actions in the plan to address Delta's housing needs. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and we look forward to continuing this important work.

On November 8, 2021, Delta City Council approved the City's Housing Action Plan. A copy of the report and the Plan can be found here. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on this important project, and we look forward to working to further the actions and strategies in the Plan.


Background

In 2019, the City began developing a Housing Action Plan to help address Delta’s current and future housing needs.

For Phase 1 of this project, we conducted a Housing Needs Assessment with residents and stakeholders to better understand Delta’s current housing situation and decide what are Delta’s priority needs for housing. The key areas we identified are:






Phase 2 saw the development of draft strategies to address the needs identified in Phase 1. Through the input of Council, stakeholders and the broader community, those strategies were further refined and incorporated into a draft Housing Action Plan.



In Phase 3, the draft Housing Action Plan was developed with input from the community and key stakeholders. Following that refinement work, Delta City Council approved the City's new Housing Action Plan on November 8, 2021. You can find a copy of the Council report and the Housing Action Plan here. The Plan reflects the City's commitment to taking action on housing over the next five years, with eight strategies to address Delta's housing needs. The strategies are:

  1. Promote priority housing types through a comprehensive incentives package
  2. Explore ways to increase land availability for priority housing
  3. Introduce tenant relocation and rental stock protection policies
  4. Pilot prezoning in select areas near town centres
  5. Create opportunities for gentle density
  6. Increase the number of accessible units in Delta
  7. Strengthen partnerships and advocacy
  8. Pilot inclusionary zoning


Next steps

Now that the Housing Action Plan has been approved, City staff are already working to implement the actions in the plan to address Delta's housing needs. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and we look forward to continuing this important work.

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    When will there be affordable housing for renting Independent Seniors with a pet? We are paying high amount for rent in Ladner and the Landlord keeps threatening us he will sell because the housing prices are so high. There is no place to rent! We are so scared.

    Ju asked 7 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    While the City isn't able to mandate whether or not a rental property permits pets, both affordable rental housing and seniors housing are high priorities for the City. As currently proposed, those types of units would be considered "priority units", which could then be incentivized by the City through various means (the details of his are still being worked on). We would still be reliant on development (whether for-profit or non-profit) to propose and construct those units, as the City is not able to build them.

    Please keep your eye out for the next round of consultation, for the draft Housing Action Plan, which we expect will take place in the next few months.

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    Is this a Socialist move to drive the "middle class" out of delta and replace them with the people you have depicted in the artistic images? The logo IS "Housing the future"!! My specific question is what will Delta do SPECIFICALLY to ensure the people being brought into the area are assisted in becoming income earning and contributing members of society?

    Mohammed asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. The goal of the Housing Action Plan is not to displace a particular group or segment of the population, but rather to look for ways to allow people who wish to live in Delta (either new residents, or current residents looking to move) the opportunity to do so. For example, that could mean accessible housing near neighbourhood centres for seniors or those with disabilities, it could mean three bedroom units for families, or it could mean below-market housing for people with low to medium incomes. There are a myriad of options being explored through this phase of the project.

    With respect to how new residents might earn incomes, that is outside the scope of this project.

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    My observation is that many single detached homes that get demolished for redevelopment are replaced by a home that is much larger, has 7 to 10 roof-gables (each an unnecessary expense) and with no sign of a secondary suite. This is no way to increase affordability and density. What can Delta do to discourage this practice while still offering the property owner and/or developer a reasonable financial return?

    Chris asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. The idea behind concepts like "gentle density", where we have slight increases in the population of a neighbourhood over time, is to encourage things like duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, suites, etc. The exact mechanism of how those are encouraged would still require more work, as simply permitting them through zoning may not be enough. Indeed, there are single detached neighbourhoods throughout Delta that already permit duplexes outright through zoning, but for various reasons, those who choose to build a new home choose to build a single detached home (with or without a suite). What that indicates is that perhaps simply allowing these new types of buildings may be insufficient, so that would be something that would be evaluated if gentle density is a strategy that is pursued through the Housing Action Plan.

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    Does the housing strategy consider public transport constraints? I believe that any housing increase, whether through increased density, infill or greenfield development should be accompanied by improvements in roads and public transport - and preferably precede the sale or rental of the new housing units. If public transport is not expanded beforehand, only new tenants/residents who are "vehicle-oriented" will move in, thereby exacerbating the suburban parking and road pressures that others have warned of. What influence does Delta have over the provision of public transport?

    Chris asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. In the case of transit-oriented development, or development that takes place close to rapid transit, the transit generally precedes the development. A prime example is the Skytrain, where most of the residential density you see built, and being built, takes place after that transportation infrastructure exists. A similar pattern is expected to follow the introduction of a Rapid Bus line along Scott Road/120 Street, and that is something that the City is currently planning for. On the other end of the spectrum, increasing bus services in lower density areas often follows development, as TransLink is unlikely to run buses in areas where the ridership is not present to support that service. It is a challenging chicken and egg scenario, and while the City does not directly influence TransLink's services, input of the City in the form of population projections and planned density increases do help to inform TransLink's decisions on where those services are needed most.

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    Why do all the new growth of Townhomes on the 72 street corridor not have a parkades as part of there plan just like condos Already we have parking all over are side streets and neighbours are parking there own vehicles on the street to stop this leaving there driveways and carports empty People do not uses there garages they are full of stuff which is proven over and over and over again anywhere you look

    P Restiaux asked about 1 year ago
    Thanks for your comment and for engaging with us on this platform.  Please note that this consultation is on the Housing Action Plan that is looking at proposed strategies to provide housing needed by the residents of Delta.  You may wish to refer to Part 8 of the Delta Zoning Bylaw for more information on Delta’s parking requirements for single detached dwellings, secondary suites and townhouses.  72 Avenue is also located within the Community Corridor (CC) development permit area, which includes design guidelines for site layout and parking in new developments.  Should you have more specific questions or wish to speak to a planner more generally about Delta’s parking requirements, please contact Community Planning & Development at 604-946-3380 or cpd@delta.ca.
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    I agree, additional conditions for housing is necessary in order for our community to grow. However, improved roads with easy access to accommodate the extra residential housing is essential to be thought of in conjunction with this study. In TSW here, 52nd Avenue, single lane, is continually heavy in volume of traffic throughout the day, with long line-ups at intersections. Is this also being considered?

    Ian B asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. The Housing Action Plan is looking at various ways to provide the housing needed by the residents of Delta, both current and future. While this phase of the project does not specifically address traffic, any proposed changes to an area's density (e.g., allowing townhouses in an area currently occupied by single detached houses) will take into consideration the infrastructure requirements that such a change would require.

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    Density and affordability often go hand in hand where land is expensive. Currently density, and therefore affordability, is heavily discouraged in Delta through a few primary means: outdated units per hectare metrics are used to limit density in a way that is totally mismatched with housing goals, excessive parking requirements for many housing types and locations, and an OCP (2005) that is generally stale relative to the world we live in. Will some of the other existing policies be considered for revision as means to support housing goals that work for the future, rather than being diluted by existing regulations? This isn't something that we will have great success in if we do it too timidly.

    JeremyStam asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. While this phase of the Housing Action Plan is at a bit of a higher, conceptual level in terms of potential strategies, diving further into some potential actions that can be taken will certainly require re-evaluating other policies and regulations that may work against the goal of housing affordability. If there are any particular policies or regulations that you think should be evaluated as the Housing Action Plan progresses, please don't hesitate to reach out to housingactionplan@delta.ca with your thoughts, and stay engaged as we move through the project towards more concrete strategies in Phase 3.

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    How does the environment figure into this discussion? Could projects which aim to address social goals receive further incentives if they went above and beyond from an environmental or energy efficiency perspective?

    JeremyStam asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. Environmental initiatives and policies are outside the scope of what is described through the Housing Action Plan, but that is not to say the two are distinct issues. Indeed, protecting Delta's environment is an important matter for the City, and ensuring that new housing is not overly detrimental to the environment is a key issue throughout all development in Delta. I will also note that staff are currently undertaking a review of the City's Green Growth Index, which aims to encourage and incentivize more sustainable development.

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    Will there be any new Co-op housing developments in the next few years?

    karrow asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. I'm not aware of any being constructed at this time, but co-op housing is a valuable housing resource for any City, and Delta would be interested in exploring how more could be brought on line in the future. Perhaps try reaching out to the Co-op Housing Federation of BC, and they may be able to point you in the direction of current or future co-op housing in the city.

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    The housing needs assessment report states, "Repurposing underutilized sites, like church properties, to provide housing and amenities" However you just denied this is happening in response to my previous question. Please acknowledge this. SO please elaborate, because I only see that churches are on the chopping block (places Christians go), what about other places of worship.... Why are only churches mentioned?

    Mohammed asked about 1 year ago

    Repurposing underutilized sites is a potential strategy that is being explored. If that property is already owned by (or could potentially be purchased by) Delta, then the City could look into acting as one of the main partners in its redevelopment. For other non-City-owned sites, such as places of worship, the City could potentially act as a partner in such a project, could facilitate connections with non-profit housing associations or other governmental bodies like BC Housing, or look for other methods of helping such developments. These are options being investigated through this process, and none are set in stone.

    To be clear: no churches, mosques, or other religious facilities are "on the chopping block" from the City, nor is the City pushing for such changes to take place. If a religious organization wishes to better utilize their land, the City could potentially act as a resource, but ultimately it is their land and their decision.

    The specific use of the word "church", rather than mentioning all types or denominations of places of worship, was an oversight, and was not intended to exclude any particular groups. Indeed, there may be other land-holding organizations in Delta who wish to discuss better use of their land, and the City would welcome those discussions.

    If you wish to discuss further, please feel free to reach out to the Housing Action Plan team at housingactionplan@delta.ca.

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