Sunbury Neighbourhood Association


Back to the Drawing Board for Delsom Estates plan

By Dan Ferguson, Staff Reporter
Jun 19 2005

Delta council refuses to approve large development

When Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said council had heard enough and the massive Delsom Estates development should not proceed, a cheering crowd gave her a standing ovation at the North Delta Recreation Centre Thursday night.
The entire matter (should) go back to the drawing board," Jackson said.
More than 300 people had packed the public hearing to discuss the proposal to build 1,000 housing units on the 100-acre former gravel pit bordered by Nordel Way, 82 Avenue and 108 Street.
All but 100 of the units would be in two- to three-storey townhouses, plus some five-storey buildings in a mixed commercial-residential area. Speaker after speaker said the project was far too dense for the area, with resident Joseph Elchantiry saying he isn't anti-development, just anti- that particular development.
I feel a bit ripped off," Elchantiry commented.
I came here to live in a single-family housing neighbourhood."
Top: North Delta residents examine an architect's model of the proposed Delsom Estates project, bordered by Nordel Way, 82 Avenue and 108 Street. More than 300 people attended a public hearing Thursday night that saw council reject the design after complaints the townhouse-heavy development was too dense for the area. DAN FERGUSON / THE LEADER

An indignant Narinder Brach was cheered when she predicted the townhouses would lower surrounding property values.
People will live like sardines in a can," Brach complained.
The proposed shopping centre for the project attracted a lot of heat as well, with critics warning the proposed towers would overshadow neighbouring homes and hurt nearby businesses.
The closest anyone came to supporting the project was a letter filed by former Delta resident Elaine White, who said the community needs more affordable housing like the sort proposed by Delsom.
White said she was forced to move away from Delta where she grew up to find housing she could afford.
Unfortunately my address is in Surrey," White wrote.
By 10 p.m., 21 people were still waiting to speak against the project, the result of a last-minute scramble when the mayor mentioned the hearing was running out of time.
Right after the line-up expanded, Jackson said there was no need to hear more submissions and adjourned the hearing so council could formally terminate the review and vote down the bylaw that gave preliminary approval to the project.
Next, the mayor said, the city and the developer will have to sit down and talk about where we go from here."