Mayor George Harvie and Councillor Dylan Kruger were the sole votes in favour of approving a 35-storey residential project in the City of Delta, a development which the rest of council soundly rejected Monday. Developer Hari Homes proposed the project for 7597 120 Street at the corner of 75A Avenue and Scott Road, flanking the border with Surrey.

7597 120 Street, image via submission to the City of Delta

The 5-2 vote to reject the plan came after a two-day public hearing that revealed a major rift between local residents, with some supporting densification in a tough housing market, and others expressing concern about traffic impacts and the tower's size. Current zoning only permits heights up to six storeys, necessitating a rezoning and an amendment to the official community plan.

Through a partnership with BC Housing, the project would have set aside 20 percent of its 335 units as affordable for first-time homebuyers and middle-income households. The proposed unit mix saw 151 one-bedroom units, 178 two-bedroom units, and six townhouses at grade.

7597 120 Street, image via submission to the City of Delta

The glassy edifice would have reached four levels underground for its 554-space parking garage. A childcare centre, outdoor play area, and 885 square feet of commercial space have also been nixed. It's not yet clear whether Hari Homes intends on submitted a revised application for approval.

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