September 18, 2012
City Hall News
The Big Block
Land Use Plan
looks to bring back the heart into downtown
Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chilliwack/Voice photos
City Council has voted to approve a development concept that would
see new residential, commercial and park space constructed on a
downtown block east of Young Road.
"This is one of the
outcomes of our 2010 Downtown Land Use Plan and the more recent Task
Force process on downtown improvement," said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.
"Over time, we're already seeing new investment and the upgrading of
properties in the downtown area. This Young and Yale development
concept is intended to accelerate the trend towards positive
Council voted to continue assembling land on a portion of the block
bounded by Young Road, Yale Road and Princess Avenue to create a
single 1.5-hectare property. The City already owns ten lots on the
block. The concept, developed by a municipal advisory committee and
a team of planning consultants, combines commercial and residential
uses in three mid-rise buildings located around an urban park. The
concept also provides for street and sidewalk improvements.
An artist's rendering of what the
typical design parameters would look like.
"Through our public planning process, residents approved a vision of
downtown Chilliwack as an attractive, vibrant, safe neighbourhood
where people can walk to shopping and recreation," said the Mayor.
"To support that vision, it makes sense to build more residential
units downtown, and design them for young working people, couples
"By assembling a property of this size, we're making the opportunity
to come to Downtown Chilliwack more attractive for private
developers," she said. "And we're making space for a development
that will drive significant positive change."
Mayor Gaetz said there will be a public process to select a
developer, Council will set terms of reference for development, and
development will be expected to meet existing design guidelines.
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