Tuesday, 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

 

hilliwack 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 change."

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 and seniors."

"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.

For more information on the downtown plan visit: www.chilliwackdowntownplan.ca

 

 

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