Long Range Planning
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.
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 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
With rising house prices, a strong real estate market, and rental vacancies at record low levels, the City is experiencing a shortage of affordable housing. The development of secondary suites within single family homes offers an opportunity for additional housing but can bring with it 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 the majority of suites are developed post construction without a building permit. The City of Chilliwack Homelessness Action Plan identifies secondary suites as one way to increase affordable housing.