The vision for the future of downtown Chilliwack has been carefully scrutinized and detailed in a variety of plans.
Chilliwack Mountain Comprehensive Development Plan was completed in 1996. Although it was not formally adopted as part of the OCP, it was endorsed by Council and has guided the development of Chilliwack Mountain ever since.
The City is undertaking a neighbourhood plan to provide a clear vision for guiding future decisions on infill growth and redevelopment. To make room for new homes as the population of the City grows, larger properties are being subdivided into two or more lots, or in some cases townhouses are added.
In 2007, the Downtown Neighbourhoods Strategic Plan (Phase 1) was completed, following extensive public consultation. In 2008, the Downtown Land Use and Development Plan (Phase 2) was initiated and a detailed plan was adopted by Council in 2010.
Revitalization of the downtown is a priority for Council and City Hall. In 2004, the Community Charter was introduced, offering a new revitalization tax exemption opportunity. As a result, the City of Chilliwack established a downtown revitalization tax exemption program.
The City of Chilliwack has completed work on a new plan for the Eastern Hillsides which will outline a comprehensive land use vision for the area and provide a clear guide for future development.
On November 1, 2011, Council received a report on small lot infill policy, and have directed staff to implement the "Infill Development Policies."
The land known as ‘Lickman East’ refers to seven properties located east of Lickman Road, south of Chilliwack Mountain Road, and north of the CN Rail line.
The primary purpose of the Promontory Development Plan (1994) is to facilitate the building of a viable, all inclusive community in Promontory.
Council recognizes the value of importance of the conservation of heritage buildings and sites and the property rights of individuals and has enacted a policy of ‘voluntary designation’.
The Webster Road Area Plan encompasses properties bounded by Webster, Keith Wilson and Peach Roads that have been excluded by the Agricultural Land Reserve. This comprehensive plan supports the City's Growth Management Strategy by incorporating compact and diverse housing options, a coordinated greenway and park amenities, and a transition of densities to bordering single family and farm land uses.