Sunbury Neighbourhood Association

the Leader - July 05, 2006

Delsom Plans for North Delta Get Airing

By Dan Ferguson, Staff Reporter

Traffic congestion and noise remain concerns for North Delta residents who live near the proposed 100-acre Delsom Estates housing project.

More detailed designs for the 850-unit housing project have been aired at two public information meetings and one small group discussion held in June after Delta Council approved scaled-down plans for the former gravel pit bordered by Nordel Way, 82 Avenue and 108 Street.

While the look of the project attracted positive comments at the three sessions, the potential impact on traffic and noise levels generated complaints, with more than one resident saying the project should be scaled down even more.

Resident Bob Heckle predicted the development will add 1,600 vehicles to Nordel Way, which is already subject to backups.

Mervyn Romilly, head of Delsom Estates Ltd., said at full build-out the project will increase Alex Fraser Bridge traffic by no more than two per cent – not much considering Surrey is adding that much to the bridge every six months.

Resident Jill Gillett was one of several people to express concern about the impact of noise from Nordel on the proposed three-storey townhouses.

In response, Kevin Shoemaker of Polygon Homes said berms and acoustical fences would be used.

The developers also plan to use triple-glazed glass and 2X6 construction to limit noise levels.

Designers took photographs of surrounding houses in an effort to make sure the housing in the Delsom Estates project fits in with the look of surrounding neighbourhoods and found that Westcoast Modern and Neoclassical designs predominate.

The plans promise a mix of “five distinct architectural styles” including craftsman, Georgian, Tudor, neo-traditional and neo-heritage.

There will be affordable townhouses as small as 1,300 square feet up to 2,300-sq.ft. single family homes, the builders say.

The design puts commercial buildings and businesses in the centre of the site, part of a “village centre” design that features small shops and low buildings, although it does allow room for a 30,000-sq.ft. food store that some residents singled out as excessive.

After an initial proposal for 1,000 units, mostly multi-family, was rejected by council last year as too big, the developer scaled the project back to 850, and changing the mix to reduce the number of townhouses and increase the number of single family bordering the project.

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