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Summary of Benefits

What would be the benefits of this project to Delta’s residents?
The proposed industrial development project would have many real benefits for Delta residents and support a healthy Burns Bog Ecological Conservation Area.

Summary of Benefits

Agricultural Support

The proposed development site is currently in the Agricultural Land Reserve and requires an application for exclusion from the ALR. By investing in drainage and irrigation improvements, Westham Island farmers would benefit greatly from improved quality, quantity, and diversity of crops. We propose to offset the loss of ALR land by providing up to $6 million to Delta for these necessary improvements. We are also proposing that our 193 acre property, referred to as Lot B on the maps, be added for inclusion into the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Bog Health

We are committed to ensuring the sustainable management and ecological integrity of the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area. The 328 acres proposed for donation have ecological values and will provide enduring and important conservation values.

Two parcels of land proposed for donation west of Hwy 91 are dominated by bog woodland with moss, sedge and grass patches. These lands were assessed by a team of biologists with Environmental Dynamics Inc. Our biologists determined that Lots A and B are bog woodlands that provide important transition and buffer functions for BBECA. These lands have an assessed value of $7 million, and a market value of approximately $10 million (Source: Site Economics Ltd, 2015). Lot C is a disturbed swamp forest with patches of regenerating wetland forest.

For every 1 acre developed,
3 acres will be protected

Summary of lands proposed for protection from future development:

Lot A46 acres
Lot B193 acres
Lot C89 acres
Total328 acres for transfer to Corp. of Delta
Plus, 35 acres of perimeter and habitat buffers retained at 7969 Highway 91 Connector, 363 acres of peat lands will be protected and 120 are proposed for development.

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Water quality and quantity is very important to the health of Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area. Healthy bogs in our climate should receive all their water from rainwater, because this water is free from alkaline minerals, sediments and pollutants that come from ground water and run-off. Currently, mineral-rich water from the surrounding area is running into Burns Bog. Our plan calls for improved ditching and a new pump station that will keep these waters as well as development site waters completely separate from BBECA. Water quality will be monitored before, during and after construction.

How will our plan work?

  • 30 m wide separation peat berm and perimeter buffer will be constructed on the west and south property boundaries to protect BBECA
  • Water quality monitoring to be done before, during and after construction to ensure effective protection

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Economic Development and Jobs

The proposed industrial development is positioned to become one of the most important logistics oriented industrial parks in the region, bringing significant employment, taxation and community benefits to Delta and the Metro Vancouver region. We estimate that the project will bring $1.3 million in property tax revenue to Corporation of Delta each year and will add $2.5 billion in direct and indirect economic benefits to Delta’s economy.

Economic Development Connections

Traffic Improvements

Interchange improvements to the SFPR are being undertaken by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The exact alignment of future interchange improvements is still subject to review and changes by the Ministry. MK Delta Lands Group has agreed to make 7.6 acres on the north east corner of the site available for the proposed interchange.

Proposed Sunbury Interchange Improvements