Mayor Harvie’s 2019 Community Update
May 31, 2019
Update from Mayor Harvie & Delta Council
Since being sworn in as Mayor, I have had the pleasure of working with Council and staff to achieve positive results that put the needs of Delta residents and businesses first. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and appreciate this opportunity to share what we have planned for the future.
In our first few months as a new Council, we have taken action to enhance fairness for our communities, provide new sports and recreation facilities, and support seniors, all without taking on debt.
From the beginning, Council has been supportive of my plan to improve access to Council meetings. We started by changing the Council meeting schedule to alternate meetings between North and South Delta, providing more than half of Delta’s population with easier access to the business of Council – now we are coming to you instead of asking you to come to us. We also took advantage of technology to implement live web streaming of Council meetings in North Delta.
One of the first things we did to improve the development process was eliminate the requirement for special development permits for form and character when constructing in North Delta. As Mayor, I am committed to breaking down process barriers like this and working to ensure that all areas of Delta are treated the same. This is just the start – I am excited for many more improvements in this area over the coming months.
Delta has tremendous sports and recreation facilities, but through effective partnerships and working with the community we also have an opportunity to make great improvements. The City has joined forces with the Delta School District to deliver key projects that will do just that:
We also heard from the community about the need for a cricket field and pitch, which is being implemented at Delview Park and includes a new picnic shelter and washroom upgrades thanks to our partnership with the Provincial Government.
We are also making investments in pickle ball and tennis courts and replacing the Holly Park synthetic turf field.
Through prudent budgeting, we were able to allocate funding to further support seniors in Delta.
We have committed to an additional Delta seniors bus to meet the growing demand for this service and provided increased funding to Deltassist to support their services to seniors in our community.
We also continue to invest in important infrastructure without incurring new debt. The new Boundary Bay Fire Hall Emergency Operations Centre and Training facility and North Delta Arts Centre are two major facilities that will both open this year. Our road, watermain, sewer, and streetscape programs continue in all of our communities, ensuring the services you use every day are kept in good working order.
To deliver these investments in sports, recreation and social health, along with public safety improvements, a tax increase of 2.99% has been approved for this year.
We have many great plans for the future and I would like to highlight one of the most exciting ways we are working to make Delta a better place to live. I am very excited about the Delta Families First initiative, which is dedicated to providing more sports, recreation and social health programs for Delta residents:
I want to help make living in Delta easier for families. These Delta Families First programs will do just that. As we monitor their success, we will pursue more opportunities to support families in our community.
We will also continue to work on key issues that impact Delta’s residents and businesses every day, like congestion at the George Massey Tunnel. I have partnered with the Mayors from Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and White Rock, as well as the Chiefs from Tsawwassen First Nation and Musqueam, to lobby the Province to expedite a solution for this terrible transportation bottleneck. I have also been appointed to the new Metro Vancouver George Massey Crossing Task Force to address this critical issue. We have suffered long enough and it is time to get on with a new crossing that will provide a long-term solution to the congestion problem.
I am proud of our achievements as a new Council and grateful for the trust this community has placed in me as your Mayor. We continue to work to achieve great things for this wonderful community through projects, initiatives, and advocacy on your behalf. I look forward to discussing important issues with you when I am out in the community enjoying our many wonderful events. Please stop by and say hello.
George V. Harvie, Mayor
Property Tax Breakdown
Delta Taxes Breakdown based on the average residential property value in Delta of $967,000.