Growing pains voiced at Chilliwack hearing for Webster Plan

Road widening, traffic and tree retention among the concerns of residents who showed up at the rezoning hearing

The public hearing for the Webster plan - eastern portion - last Tuesday saw neighbours speaking about increased traffic tie-ups in the area

The public hearing for the Webster plan - eastern portion - last Tuesday saw neighbours speaking about increased traffic tie-ups in the area

A rezoning for a mixed residential development will see 63 single-family homes and multi-family residences constructed in the Eastern portion of the Webster Road Area Plan.

The Eastern portion was dealt with at a separate hearing.

The growth being planned makes it the most concentrated area in Chilliwack for development in recent years.

The public hearing held last Tuesday saw neighbours speaking about increased traffic tie-ups in the area, the need for more parking, more schools, and tree retention.

The mixed use development maps out plans for 19 townhomes and a 44-unit apartment building on Keith Wilson, and the rezoning was from Agriculture Lowland Zone to a CD-21(Comprehensive Development – 21) Zone.

Laura Willson said her property backs onto the development site, and although she’s not opposed to development, and has watched the area grow, she asked about the possibility of additional tree retention.

“I’m trying to retain our privacy,” she said.

But she was reminded that rezonings only answer land-use questions, not design issues, and developers have to follow requirements of the city’s tree bylaw when it comes to tree retention.

Mike Kessler had safety concerns about narrow lanes and the connecting road.

Pat White was concerned about roads and schools.

The public was reassured the city has a long-term plan for Keith Wilson.

Lyle Simpson was concerned about parking and traffic.

“That’s one issue that needs to be dealt with this year, not somewhere down the road, and it’s that part of Lindys be widened,” he said.

But staff replied that Lindys Road will not be widened, but will be looking at the parking issues.

Coun. Lum noted that several residents brought up the traffic issue, and that the closest bus stop is near Tyson. Maybe the transportation advisory committee could look into bus service down the road, he said, and staff agreed they could look at adjusting the route.