Hearing for redevelopment requesting a large increase in density

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Residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on a proposed 150-unit off-market Ladner rental housing development directly to City Council on Tuesday.

A public hearing will be held at the Municipal Hall where residents can speak in person, or via Zoom, on Red Door Housing Society’s rezoning application to redevelop the 40-unit Ladner Willows townhouse complex, located in the 5600 block of Ladner Trunk Route.

The city’s planning department notes that the site’s current Official Community Plan (OCP) designation is Ground-Oriented Residential, intended for single-family, duplex, and multi-family residences up to three stories high.

Under the current OCP, the site could have a maximum of 48 units.

The proposal would see increased density and a height of five stories, which is not in line with the current land use designation.

The requested OCP amendment would allow 102 units above the current maximum, plus additional height.

The proposed density would be higher than older apartment and townhouse developments in the area, but lower than the density of the adjacent market apartment building at 4815-55B St.

Planning staff also note that OCP policies that apply to demand include encouraging a range of housing types in each of Delta’s urban areas, as well as encouraging housing that meets the needs of residents of different income levels.

The proposal would also result in the development of affordable housing for families, seniors and people with developmental disabilities, according to planning staff.

Some property owners in the area have already expressed their opposition to the plan.

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. with Ladner Willows’ request as the last item on the agenda.