Councillors agreed that keeping the current 11 metre width in North Delta may be the best way to go, but also went further by having staff review the current house size cap that’s been around for years for the community. Coun. Robert Campbell noted “all zoning by nature is discriminatory” but the cap was lawfully imposed for a reason. Times, though, have changed, so the cap may not be needed anymore.
Also in the bylaw, secondary suite parking would not be permitted within a front yard but only the side or back, but a new minimum setback would be in place between those parking spaces and lot lines. Delta planning staff on the direction of council will take another look at the parking requirement.
On Monday, a week after a sometimes heated public hearing at Municipal Hall, the civic politicians agreed to have staff come back with another report looking at potential revisions to the proposed bylaw.
“I can tell you from experience 20 years ago, if you pick up our local newspaper, the (Delta) Optimist, you’d always see seven or eight basement suites for rent in every issue of the paper and three or four apartments for rent. You see none of that anymore, they just don’t exists,” said Paton. “Every day, we turn on the media, the television and radio, and it’s all about housing affordability and housing availability, and I just think we need to be able to create a few more basement suites for housing availability. This parking situation, we have to work on that and figure out how we can put cars somewhere else.”