It’s been more than a decade since City of Chilliwack has received an application to rezone property for a brand-new school.
A public hearing is set for Feb. 20 at city hall for council to hear comments on the proposed rezoning of a Tyson Road property from an RSV2 (Public Use Reserve) Zone and an RSV3 (Special Jurisdiction Reserve) Zone, to a PI (Civic Assembly) Zone to build a new elementary/middle school near the Vedder River.
Council has approved first and second reading.
“Once the Bylaw has been to Public Hearing, staff recommend that Council give third reading and adoption to the Bylaw with respect to property located at 5337 Tyson Road,” according to the staff report document.
The proposal is for a new elementary/middle school for about 905 students, comprising 80 kindergarten, 325 elementary, and 500 middle school students.
The date for “substantial completion” is Nov. 27, 2020.
Site layout and building design will only be finalized once a building permit is issued, at which time adequate fire flow will need to be provided which may require water main looping from the adjacent River’s Edge development.
Installation of “no parking signs” within the Cul-De-Sac and along Tyson Road to Caen Avenue will be required, as well as onsite parking and student drop-off facilities.
“The proposed rezoning is supportable as it will assist in addressing a recognized shortage of school facilities within the City of Chilliwack. Furthermore the development of a new school within this location is supportable as the land use will be compatible withe the existing surrounding development while also being located within a convenient walking distance from several residential neighbour including theRiver’s edge and Webster Road developments.