Identifying solutions for brownfield redevelopment of former landfill sites in the city of Delta, Metropolitan Vancouver
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In Canada, planners and policy makers are continuously seeking ways to improve the quality of life in urban areas, including the redevelopment of brownfield sites such as former landfills. The City of Delta, Metropolitan Vancouver (Delta) is home to 20 former landfill sites and in 2014, created the Landfill Site Economic Investment Zone and Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw to offset environmental investigations, and remediation and risk management costs associated with redevelopment. Since its inception in 2014, only one property has participated in the tax exemption program to redevelop a former landfill site. Since Delta has put incentives in place to offset the environmental costs associated with redevelopment, I examined the issues and barriers being faced by developers, even with the existing incentives. Although each landfill redevelopment project has its own unique challenges, this research has identified the most common barriers with possible solutions and recommendations for Delta. The most common barriers identified in this research were costs, liability and regulatory requirements. This thesis provides a number of recommendations for each major barrier for the City of Delta.