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Notice of Delta Industrial and Tourism Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw No. 7353

May 18, 2016

TAKE NOTICE THAT The Corporation of Delta (“Delta”) intends to adopt the ‘Delta Industrial and Tourism Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw No. 7353’. This bylaw offers municipal property tax exemptions and municipal fee reductions for eligible projects located in the Delta Industrial and Tourism Economic Investment Incentive Zone, as shown below. 

Goals and objectives of the Delta Industrial & Tourism Tax Exemption Program:

  • To promote the development of industrially-zoned land in Delta for higher-end industrial uses by offering incentives for developments in excess of $10 million. For example, industrial park warehousing is deemed to be a higher use than container storage. 
  • To encourage the rezoning of I-3 (industrial extraction) land to higher value industrial uses. 
  • To encourage industrial development that involves the consolidation of multiple smaller lots to make larger development sites, consistent with the Saving Our Industrial Lands initiative. 
  • To protect the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area from development that may occur on adjacent property, including requirements for buffer zones, storm water management, lighting and noise controls to minimize the impacts of the development on Burns Bog. 
  • To encourage the diversification and expansion of tourism accommodation and facilities, consistent with Delta’s Tourism Strategy. Key goals of Delta’s Tourism Strategy include increasing visitor volumes, length of stay and spending; developing at least one large “iconic” attraction to draw visitors to Delta; developing strategies to attract suitable hotels and investors to Delta; and developing a diverse mix of accommodations.

Property taxes may be frozen for up to five years for projects within the economic investment zone with a minimum investment of $5 million that meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • The project involves a rezoning from I-3 (Industrial Extraction) to a higher value industrial or comprehensive development zone, as approved by Delta. 
  • The project involves the consolidation of four or more industrially-zoned lots.
  • The project involves the diversification or expansion of tourism accommodation and facilities. or
  • The project involves the redevelopment of an existing industrially-zoned parcel with a project construction value of $10 million or more.

In order to receive a tax exemption, the property owner must be in compliance with the bylaw, must have entered into an agreement with Delta, and must be in receipt of a tax exemption certificate issued by the Director of Finance. Council has discretion to refuse to enter into a tax exemption agreement and to impose conditions in the agreement. 

Municipal Fee Reductions: 

In accordance with Section 194(2) of the Community Charter, which allows for the discounting of municipal fees, eligible projects also qualify for a reduction of up to 60% in municipal fees, including building permit fees, plumbing permit fees and land use application fees. 

Extra Protection for Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area:

For properties that are immediately adjacent to the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area, there are additional requirements that have to be met in order to minimize potential impacts of the development on Burns Bog.

THIS NOTICE IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE ONLY. IT IS NOT A TENDER CALL OR AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT AN OFFER.

View the council report.

Any inquiries should be made to the Director of Human Resources & Corporate Planning, at 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, Monday through Friday except statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., prior to June 10, 2016.

Properties within the economic incentive investment zone that are potentially eligible for the tax exemption (shaded purple and red include: 

  • industrially-zoned land that is also designated for industrial land use in the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy; and
  • land zoned for Commercial Tourism (C-3) or comparable zone that permits tourism/accommodation uses.
Specific exclusions include: the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area; land in the Agricultural Land Reserve; public land; and former industrial landfill sites (properties that are already included in the DLC landfill tax exemption bylaw).