Long Range Planning
The City of Chilliwack has completed the 2040 Official Community Plan (2040 OCP). The OCP will guide Chilliwack’s growth and development in the next three decades.
Under the guidance of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force, a Housing Strategy has been developed, in consultation with local housing and service providers and the community, to identify priority actions for the short and long term to address all levels of the housing continuum, from basic shelter needs to low income supportive and rental housing, and market ownership. The Strategy was presented to Council on October 6, 2008 and is ready for implementation.
The City of Chilliwack in a collaborative effort with The City of Chilliwack Agricultural Commission and The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation have completed work on a new Agricultural Plan which will outline a comprehensive agricultural land use vision supporting the Official Community Plan and the City's Bylaws to attract new agricultural businesses and to help the existing agricultural businesses to grow, expand and diversify.
The City has completed a Housing Needs Report to identify current and future housing needs in our community. The report focuses on affordability and demand for all housing types and will support future City, B.C. government, local non-profit and development community decision-making around housing.
The 2014 Chilliwack Quality of Life Survey was initiated to take a look at the quality of life for residents of Chilliwack and compare this information with prior results and with Census data.
Recommendations for speeding up the renewal of Chilliwack’s historic neighborhood were received by Council on Tuesday, February 21. More information can be found at www.chilliwackdowntownplan.ca
In order to address the struggle families in Chilliwack are facing when attempting to find available and appropriate child care, the City, with funding from the Province, is developing a Community Child Care Space Creation Action Plan in collaboration with the community.
We are working on a neighbourhood plan for Sardis, to help plan for growth and understand what Sardis will look like in the future.
In order to preserve and increase the supply of available and affordable housing, the City of Chilliwack has adopted the Secondary Suites Policy to permit the rental of secondary suites within single family homes in the City.
As the number of older adults (55+) in Chilliwack is expected to grow by around 66% by 2041, the provision of a diverse and adequate supply of safe, affordable and appropriate seniors’ housing has come to the forefront. In order to ensure that seniors’ housing needs are met as the community grows, the City has launched a Seniors’ Housing Study.