Talks underway but Four Winds yet to submit new proposal

Will a revised Four Winds proposal come back to Delta council for another look? | Photo: Delta Optimist file

Will a revised Four Winds proposal come back to Delta council for another look?

That question was posed Monday by Coun. Bruce McDonald to planning director Marcy Sangret, who said staff has not received any information on a revised proposal by the craft brewer.

“We have had a meeting with Century Group following council’s decision to turn down the application as proposed,” said Sangret. “They have been directed to review the minutes to determine when or if they will come back with an alternative proposal.”

City manager Sean McGill added that staff also met with Four Winds last week with a commitment to meet again this week.

“We need to talk and understand their needs and put everything on the table,” McGill said. “My intent is to meet with them and very quickly to see if we can come to some other alternatives and bring some resolution quickly to this and come back to council.”

Meanwhile, supporters continue to press for action through a petition on change.org.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 6,400 had signed the petition in support of the company.

Local resident Dan Patching started the petition.

“We think that Delta City Council made the wrong decision. We want the craft brewery and restaurant to be approved as is, and think that Four Winds will help to anchor this community and provide a much-needed social gathering space,” Patching stated on the petition.

Four Winds has also received mostly supportive comments on the Optimist’s Facebook page with many angered at council’s decision.

The majority of people who came out for the public hearing were opposed to the application.

Last month, council voted 4-3 to reject the application.

Four Winds Brewing applied to build a craft brewery and 200-seat restaurant in the commercial component of the Southlands development. The proposal would have seen the brewery and eatery housed in, according to city staff, a 30,000-square-foot building.

It would have contained the brewing and bottling components of the operation, while the warehousing and distribution would have been handled at an industrial location elsewhere.

-with a file from Sandor Gyarmati

Delta Optimist