Secondary Suite Study

Secondary suites have their benefits but can bring with them land use planning and infrastructure challenges. 2015 BC Assessment data indicates that 134 single detached homes in Chilliwack contain secondary suites and it’s estimated that the actual number could be significantly higher, assuming there are many suites developed post construction without a building permit.

Legalizing secondary suites typically means expanding areas where secondary suites are permitted within single family homes supported by programs to encourage homeowners to voluntarily bring their existing suites into compliance with City bylaws or build and legalize future suites.

Public engagement kicked off this spring!  We heard from over 800 participants through online surveys and pop-up booths throughout the City.  No further public engagement events are planned but please feel free to submit an email or letter no later than October 1, 2017 to ensure your comments are considered in the draft plan to be presented to Council.  Council will review the final plan late fall.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  Below is a summary of public engagement opportunities completed.

May to July - Community Survey - Online (Closed July 17, 2017)
May 4th - Town Hall Meeting - Chilliwack Senior Secondary - Pop Up Booth
July 1st - Canada Day Celebration - Townsend Park - Pop Up Booth
July 7th - Party in the Park - Central Community Park - Pop Up Booth

December 2017 / January 2018 - City Council to review the study and approve a course of action.                           

For additional information please contact the planning department at 604.793.2906 or