Housing Our Future

The Government of British Columbia has passed legislation to address a critical housing shortage across the province. Delta was one of 10 cities issued a Housing Target Order mandating the addition of 3,607 net new housing units within five years. The City must also provide for an additional 14,000 units over the next 20 years to match projected population growth. The City is taking the following steps to fulfill the provincial mandate.

1. Create a New Official Community Plan Focused on Housing

A City’s Official Community Plan describes where and what type of housing can be added across the city and contains long-term objectives and policies that guide decisions about land use, development, services, amenities and infrastructure. Delta Council adopted a new Official Community Plan (OCP) on July 8, 2024, making Delta the first municipality in the region to complete a review and update of its OCP. 

Delta’s updated OCP incorporates three major changes: (1) identifying strategic growth in specific areas, including increasing density in urban corridors, (2) simplifying land use descriptions to streamline the development process, and (3) providing a framework to enable Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing (SSMUH). These changes will support the development of much-needed diverse housing options across the City. 

2. Update the Zoning Bylaw to Allow for Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing

Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing (SSMUH) describes a range of building and housing types that are ground-oriented and compatible in scale to low-density neighbourhoods. This type of housing helps to address the shortage of housing options between single-detached homes and condominiums and is intended to be attainable for middle-income families. 

Delta has now introduced Provincially-required updates to zoning that will allow for up to four units on all single-detached and duplex lots.

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Monitoring Our Progress

The City is required to report annually on its progress towards the mandated housing target.

Housing Our Future - Mar 2024

Involving the Community

The City undertook an engagement program aimed at maximizing awareness and opportunities for involvement in accordance with the project timeline. It followed the “consult” level of participation with the aim to obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives, and/or decisions and commits to inform participants, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision. The engagement program involved four phases, which are described below.

The addition of housing mandated by the Province and guided by the OCP and Zoning Bylaw will lead to changes in Delta neighbourhoods. The City conducted an engagement program to ensure residents were aware of the mandate to add housing and had the opportunity to share their ideas on how the City can grow successfully. The City prepared a Community Engagement Report of the activities undertaken to consult the community and what was heard through the process. Results were reviewed by staff and considered in developing the proposed 2024 OCP.  Generally, feedback was considered based on the following themes: