Independents Working for You council candidate Garry Shearer. (James Smith photo)

Council candidate says Delta needs prototype housing solutions

Affordable housing can’t be achieved in Delta without innovation, says Garry Shearer

Delta will have to look beyond its current Official Community Plan (OCP) for affordable housing options, according to council candidate Garry Shearer.

Shearer, who is running on the Independents Working for You slate, said development potential in Delta’s three communities is restricted by farmland, road infrastructure, lack of public transit and the OCP itself, causing demand to greatly outpace supply and prices to surge.

If elected, Shearer and his running mates will implement a development plan that encourages “new prototypes for housing options that fit within our current neighbourhoods,” according to a press release issued earlier this week.

“We need to start considering different solutions to address affordable housing and we need to start now,” Shearer said in the press release. “When I developed products for our high-tech businesses, I would start with a prototype and test the market for the potential adoption of the product. I would take all the feedback for the prototype then make a beta version of the product for a controlled group of customers before releasing the final product or, in some cases, scrapping it.”

Shearer said a similar approach should be taken to find sing;e- and multi-family home concepts that increase density without losing the character of Delta’s neighbourhoods.

“The Higgins family in North Delta are doing just that. Using a standard 66-foot lot they, with the support of their neighbours, have received approval to build four homes on the one lot to enable their children to own homes in Delta. It took them several years and petitions of support from their neighbours to get this plan approved,” Shearer said. “But the approval came with a high price: $66,000 in development fees and over $85,000 for a landscaping deposit.”

For new plans to work, he said, the city must remove the barriers such as high development fees and deposits that “discourage these kinds of innovative developments.”

“With the Higgins model and other prototypes, we can add density that fits within our existing neighbourhoods and increase the supply of affordable housing in Delta.”

The civic election will take place on Oct. 20, with advance voting on Oct. 6, 10 and 11.

RELATED: 43 candidates running in Delta civic election



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Second annual Delta Pride Picnic to highlight LGBTQ+ inclusion

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 31 at Memorial Park in Ladner

Securing Olympic spot the latest test for Canadian softball squad at Surrey tournament

Softball hasn’t been included in the Games since 2008 when Canada finished fourth in Beijing

UPDATE: Two men injured in north Surrey shooting

Police say the incident was targeted, may be linked to drug activity

City Dream Centres hands out 1,000 backpacks at back to school event in Surrey

This is the fifth year the charity is hosting the event in the city

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Border crossings across Lower Mainland seeing lengthy delays

Sumas, Peace Arch and Surrey-Blaine border crossings seeing long wait times

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Most Read