A: Improvements and initiatives in this historic neighborhood are already happening! We encourage you to visit Downtown Chilliwack and see them for yourself. The recent decision with respect to land assembly will accelerate the pace of positive change. The goal is to create 'development ready' properties for when market and economic conditions are ready. It's been forecast that it may be five to seven years before we see those conditions. While this may seem like a long time to wait, it is far sooner than the thirty years outlined in the Downtown Land Use and Development Plan.
A: The City will acquire the properties over time at fair market values. When the land assembly is complete, there will be a public process to select a developer to pursue the development concept. Council will set terms of reference, and development will be expected to meet existing design guidelines. For more information a Backgrounder is available here.
A: The recommendations in the plan will be addressed incrementally, as economic and market forces dictate. Recommendations requiring City resources and action will be brought to Council and be put through public process. We’ll let you know here and here when there are opportunities to make formal submissions to Council regarding a particular recommendation or initiative. You can also send comments to the implementation committee at email@example.com. We’re also talking about the recommendations on Twitter at #chwkdtplan and and we’d love if you joined the conversation.
April 18, 2016 Old Safeway Building Demolished and Site Rezoned
October 3, 2014 Chilliwack Moving Forward Event
September 29, 2014 Main Street Greening Improvement Project
September 9, 2014 First Downtown Show & Share Workshop a Success
August 29, 2014 Working in Partnership for a better Downtown
February 18, 2014 City moves forward with downtown revitalization plan
January 13, 2014 Mill Street Upgrades
July 3, 2013 New Brownfield Redevelopment Guide
June 27, 2013 Community Gardens Bloom Downtown
June 27, 2013 Nestle Waters Canada
December 10, 2012 Downtown UFV Presence
September 18, 2012 Concept for Downtown Block
September 18, 2012 Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
June 4, 2012 New Proposed Unsightly Premises Policy
February 11, 2012 Council has received the Downtown Task Force Report