Canada Lands promises greenest project ever

Canada Lands hopes to build a 350-unit subdivision on 42 acres of land near the Vedder River in Chilliwack

Artist's rendering of a new subdivision proposed by Canada Lands at Peach Road and the Vedder River.

It’s prime riverfront property that could be transformed into the next master planned neighbourhood in Chilliwack.

River’s Edge is a residential development on the Vedder River near the southernmost edge of Chilliwack, proposed by Canada Lands Company and its consulting team.

A rezoning hearing is set for Oct. 15, to change the OCP designation from federal, and Vedder River Management Area, to a Comprehensive Development (CD) Area, and to rezone from RSV3 to a CD-24 zone.

The plan could see up to a maximum of 350 residential units on the 42-acre site, and the goal is to create a vibrant, complete and walkable community.

The housing mix would include everything from single family homes, attached homes, and duplexes, to townhouses, apartments and coach houses.

One of the last remnants of the old CFB Chilliwack, the site is on Peach Road near the Vedder River. Related rezoning and OCP bylaws received introduction and first reading at the last council meeting.

The CD zone for River’s Edge would give the project a flexible framework for development, “that reinforces the surrounding neighbourhood density and permits further intensification,” according to the staff report.

The neighbourhood plan makes it clear that CLC is striving to make River’s Edge its “greenest development to date,” with a 1.4-hectare “Tree Park” dedicated to open green space and “Green Streets” for walking or cycling. Energy efficiency is going to be built in. The plan includes a 30-metre riparian setback within the 75-metre floodplain setback, and was developed “as a reflection of CLC’s ongoing commitment to respect and enhance the legacy left by the former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack,” according to plan acknowledgements.

River’s Edge is being designed as a sustainable development with an eye to creating affordable housing to accommodate future growth, and the neighbourhood plan incorporated feedback from stakeholders at open house events.