Thursday, August 30, 2012


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Area E Official Community Plan ready for public scrutiny

Released by the FVRD


fter two years in development, a draft Official Community Plan for Electoral Area "E" of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is ready for broad public review.

Last night, the Board of Directors of the FVRD gave second reading to the Official Community Plan for Electoral Area "E" Bylaw No. 1115, 2011.


The draft plan reflects community input gained through a household survey, three open houses, ten advisory planning committee meetings, and extensive dialogue with stakeholders. It is also informed by technical studies of servicing options and traffic implications.

If adopted, the plan will apply to FVRD Electoral Area "E" which includes the Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, and much of the land surrounding Cultus Lake. Electoral Area "E" is home to approximately 3,400 people, as well as vital fish and wildlife populations. It provides exceptional recreational opportunities for two million visitors each year and supports a variety of natural resource activities.

The official community plan will guide the decisions of the FVRD Board of Directors over the next decade on land use, the provision of services, protection of the environment, resort development, geologic and stream hazards, and a variety of other matters. It is intended to provide an up-to-date vision that reflects community values and current legislation.

To generate feedback and encourage the public's input on the draft plan, Electoral Area E Director David Lamson, on behalf of the Regional Board, invites all residents, landowners, and interested individuals to participate in the upcoming public information meetings on the following dates:

Public Information Meetings
Chilliwack River Valley
Wednesday, September 5th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chilliwack Fish & Game Club
48685 Chilliwack Lake Road, Chilliwack, BC

Cultus Lake/Lindell Beach/Columbia Valley
Saturday, September 8th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Valley Community Centre
1202 Kosikar Road, Chilliwack, BC

Following the public information meetings, a formal public hearing will be held for the elected representatives to receive formal input from the public on any and all aspects of the Official Community Plan. The Public Hearing will be held as follows:

Public Hearing
Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00pm
FVRD Office - 4th Floor Boardroom
45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, BC
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Interested individuals can contact the FVRD at 1-800-528-0061 (from 8:30am - 4:30pm) for further information. Copies of the plan and various background materials can be found on the FVRD website at




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