A letter writer suggests no large homes with secondary suites

North Deltans: Get involved

The last area plan happened way back in 1994, so it’s long past time residents had a chance for input.

I’m writing to urge every North Delta resident to get involved in the North Delta Area Plan Review now under way.

The last area plan happened way back in 1994, so it’s long past time we residents had a chance for input.

People can send their views to northdelta@corp.delta.bc.ca or go to www.corp.delta.bc.ca/EN/main/municipal/323/27003/ndap.html to fill out a survey, but only until Aug. 31.

We need affordable alternatives to the huge houses with secondary suites that replace aging North Delta ranchers and bi-levels, but we don’t need more townhouses filling up our neighbourhoods.

One North Delta architect’s idea is to build four compact, detached, ground-oriented homes with no strata fees to replace each aging rancher and bi-level.

If an old house is demolished, the 66-foot lot could be split into two 33-foot lots. On each 33-foot lot, instead of one detached house with a secondary suite, there could be two compact detached homes. The front unit would suit seniors who want to downsize, remain in their own neighbourhood and avoid strata fees. It would have one-and-a-half storeys, low maintenance, and be about 1,000 square feet with a short driveway and courtyard. The back unit would suit first-time buyers including young families. It would have two storeys, be about 1,500 square feet including a basement, have a long driveway and a good-sized back yard.

These compact homes would not have tenants, but they would increase Delta’s tax revenue and keep our neighbourhoods affordable, small scale and family friendly. So many young people are leaving North Delta because there are no affordable home ownership options for those who want a compact detached home. Let’s embrace innovation to renew North Delta visually, demographically and financially.

 

Kathleen E. Higgins, Delta

Surrey North Delta Leader

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

Just Posted

Cloverdale high school teacher chats about teaching and life during the COVID-19 crisis

Surrey’s Walter van Halst sits down for an informal ‘virtual’ coffee to discuss education’s current new reality

Celebrating Easter in Surrey, during COVID-19

Surrey’s Christian churches rise to the occasion, despite Coronavirus challenges

33-storey Whalley highrise, first of three phases, moves to public hearing

Councillors raise concerns about school overcrowding, green roofs

Regional parks in Delta closed for the long weekend

Boundary Bay and Deas Island parks closed ‘until further notice’ on Thursday, April 9

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Researchers to study whether plasma of recovered patients can treat COVID-19

Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that contains the antibodies that protect against illness

B.C., Alberta health ministers urge public to stay home Easter weekend

Regional politicians, online petition calling for closure of provincial border to non-essential traffic

Most Read