Dozens of residents were in attendance at the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre on Dec. 10 for a public hearing on Delta’s plan to do away with form and character reviews for all new builds and major renovation projects in North Delta. (Melissa Shaw photo)

Delta council scraps design reviews for new North Delta homes

Eliminating the review reduces permit processing times and fees

By Melissa Shaw for the North Delta Reporter

Delta city council has voted to remove an extra step in the development process for new homes, duplexes and major additions to existing homes in North Delta.

Following a public hearing and vote by council Monday night (Dec. 10), homeowners building or renovating their property in North Delta will no longer have to go through a form and character review to obtain a development permit in addition to a building permit.

The city introduced the design guidelines in 2004 to consider aspects such as roof lines, second-storey setbacks, massing, minimizing the loss of privacy to neighbouring yards, landscaping and tree retention.

Scrapping the form and character review will save homeowners time and money. Residents in Ladner and Tsawwassen could receive a building permit in 10 to 30 days but residents in North Delta would have to wait up to 120 days to receive a development and building permit under the previous rules.

North Deltans would also have to pay an extra $810 to apply for a development permit, would need to modify their design based on city staff comments and pay $310 for each amendment.

Many residents spoke in favour of removing the form and character review at the public hearing, to resounding applause from those in attendance.

During the hearing at North Delta’s Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre, Coun. Alicia Guichon said she was quite disturbed to hear about the timeline difference.

“Twenty-four weeks compared to two to six weeks … I would see as unacceptable to builders and people in the business. If you’re holding onto land it’s just money wasted,” she said.

“We should be letting the members of our community decide what their homes should look like,” Coun. Dylan Kruger said. He also spoke about the the concerns voiced by North Delta residents feeling like “second class citizens.”

“We’re one citizenry and the guidelines should be be consistent for everybody across Delta,” he said.

Coun. Lois Jackson said “we’ve worked hard to get North Delta the way it looks today and we’ve done it through bylaws like this. I don’t quite agree with people who say we are second class citizens in North Delta. We aren’t, as far as I’m concerned.”

Council passed the bylaw to eliminate the review 5-1, with Jackson voting against.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Not everybody lined up to vote on Saturday. In Surrey, 68,396 mail-in ballots still need to be counted for the final election tally. (Black Press Media)
North Surrey voters steer left, South Surrey voters steer right

Once again, it’s NDP orange in the city’s north end, Liberal red in the south

Peace Portal Alliance Church, at the corner of King George Boulevard and 152 Street, is the extreme-weather shelter for South Surrey for the upcoming season. It is to have 14 mats available nightly for those experiencing homelessness, regardless of weather conditions. (Tracy Holmes photo)
14 beds planned for South Surrey extreme-weather shelter

Webinar tonight to field questions, share info on Peace Portal Alliance Church refuge

Fraser Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Delta Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Grace Kennedy photo)
Outbreak over at Delta Hospital

In all, 45 cases of COVID-19 were identified and seven patients died during the outbreak

The Sunshine Band Club video posted to Youtube.
VIDEO: Surrey youth band shines light on ‘COVID blues,’ raises money for hospital

Virtual concert from Sunshine Band Club, established last March

A reminder to students at Surrey’s Strawberry Hill Elementary to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Five Surrey schools reporting COVID-19 exposures, including another at Panorama Ridge

INTERACTIVE TABLE: Search for schools, organize by exposure dates

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

Graphic on promo material for Best Buy Canada’s Tech Wonderland event.
Drive-through ‘Tech Wonderland’ coming to PNE site a few weeks before Christmas

Best Buy Canada-backed ‘holiday’ event to raise money for charity

Aaliyah Rosa. File photo
Crown says murder of seven-year-old in Langley was planned, deliberate

The trial of KerryAnn Lewis began Monday in New Westminster

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government photo)
Unnamed school in Fraser Health region closed due to COVID-19

Closure announced by Dr. Bonnie Henry during daily briefing

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness watches the results on election night. The ex-Liberal’s tumultuous campaign and the narrow margin for victory ahead of the mail-in ballot count leaves the future of the riding’s seat in limbo for at least the next week. (Facebook/Laurie Throness)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Future for Throness uncertain as Chilliwack-Kent awaits results

Chilliwack-Kent candidate hopeful, resigned waiting on final count

Most Read