Shaping the Future of Chilliwack Proper and Fairfield Island Residential Neighbourhoods
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.
So far two community engagement sessions and an online survey have been completed and there are more opportunities to add your voice!
Top priorities in what we heard are improving design guidelines and policy in areas of building design, parking, and infrastructure. Residents said they would like to see new development concentrated along major roads, and target poor housing stock, coach houses, street orientation and small infill developments. Other priorities heard are more public involvement in the development approval process, pedestrian safety, affordable housing and the need for trees and green space. Some residents are opposed to townhouses and others open to the idea of broader housing options.
The Consultant and the City staff are reviewing all of the comments, developing draft concepts and directions and will be presenting these at an Open House on November 30 for additional feedback. A draft plan will be presented to the public at an open house in early 2018 for feedback before taking a final draft plan to Council. Residents will be mailed notices for the upcoming open houses.
New Online Survey Coming Soon
Another online survey will be posted after November 30, to solicit input from the community on how these draft concepts and directions have addressed concerns.
Consultation by the Numbers
|Over 300 people attended the first Community Meeting on September 20||Over 150 people completed a comment sheet||Almost 50 people attended the Community Workshop on October 19||90 responses form the Online Survey|
For additional information please contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906.
|Infill Development Policy||2017-09-26||681KB|
|Letter to Residents||2017-10-06||269KB|
|Presentation - Shaping the Future of Chilliwack Proper & Fairfield Island Residential Neighbourhoods||2017-09-21||3.54MB|
|Public Meeting Display Boards||2017-09-21||5.52MB|