Shaping the Future of Chilliwack Proper and Fairfield Island Residential Neighbourhoods

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House on March 21 for a presentation of the draft plan.

Below is a copy of the draft plan presentation to Council.  It is anticipated that the Final Plan will be brought forward to Council May 15th for first and second reading and a Public Hearing date will be determined at that time.

What we'll do next:  We are now in the final plan review stage.  A copy of the draft plan will be posted on the project website and the draft plan will be presented to Council to consider and approve this spring.

Public Comments Report: A report to show the results of the open ended comments from online surveys and community meeting comment forms.

Future Land Use Plan:

The Draft Plan includes a future land use plan for low density residential (single detached housing, duplexes, townhouses, coach houses and secondary suites) and other land uses where they currently exist including apartments, institutional, commercial and park. The proposed land use plan accomodates the Offical Community Plan objective for an additional 1600 residential units in the plan area.   

Land Use Designation Categories

Land Use Maps:

Fairfield Island

Mountainview (East)

Riverside (Central)

Townsend (West)

April 17, 2018 Draft Plan Presentation to Council

Project Purpose

The purpose of the plan is to determine how new development can be best accommodated within existing neighbourhoods. City-wide development policy emphasizes the need for densification and infill within the urban growth boundaries in order to achieve 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP) growth management goals. Protecting agriculture land, efficient use of infrastructure, and infrastructure for new development that is paid upfront by the developer at time of development are among top goals behind the OCP.

Interim Infill Development Policies were established to support growth management initiatives. As this area is experiencing significant growth and development interest, a neighbourhood plan is needed most in this area.

The planning process involves working with residents to identify and address concerns related to infill.

The focus is on low density residential development (single detached, duplex, coach houses and in special cases, townhouses). Apartments will not be considered.

Public Consultation     

Over the past 4 months, we have reached out to residents to talk about the future of Chilliwack Proper and Fairfield Island.  Feedback was collected and reviewed from a series of meetings, as well as online surveys.  The following is a summary of the public consultation:

September 20 - Public Meeting (project launch)  - Held with 300+ attendees

October 19 - Public Workshop (focus groups) - Held with 40+ attendees

October  - Survey #1 (baseline assessment) - Available online with 90 respondents

November 30 - Open House (feedback on draft concepts and directions) - Held with 75+ attendees

December - Survey #2 (confirm vision and direction) - Available online with 44 responses

March 21  - Open House (feedback on draft plan)

For additional information please contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906.

Attachments
Description Date File Size
Chilliwack Proper Neighbourhoods Plan - DRAFT 2018-04-20 7.94MB
Area Maps 2017-11-15 1.36MB
Background 2017-11-15 84KB
Infill Development Policy 2017-09-26 681KB
Letter to Residents 2017-10-06 269KB
Questions & Answers 2017-11-27 41KB
September 20, 2017 - Public Meeting Display Boards 2017-09-21 5.52MB
October 19, 2017 - Public Workshop Presentation 2017-09-21 3.54MB
November 30, 2017 - Public Meeting Display Boards 2017-12-07 3.16MB
March 21, 2018 - Neighbourhood Plan Presentation 2018-03-22 3.30MB
April 17, 2017 - Presentation to Council 2018-04-20 2.22MB