Editorial: Like it or not, densification is coming

But as infill comes to each Chilliwack neighbourhood consultation is key

Hundreds of people showed up last Wednesday to discuss the future of development in the Chilliwack Proper area that surrounds the downtown core, including Fairfield Island.

City hall called the attendance “record-breaking” at the meeting that was the first step of a plan spanning until 2040.

There is, however, considerable pushback among some Fairfield Island residents to anything other than single family homes.

The micro issue of neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood NIMBYism is nothing new at planning meetings, but the sentiment always overlooks the macro picture of inevitable growth.

More people are moving to the city all the time. It’s hard to stop that.

As it is, housing prices continue to skyrocket across the Lower Mainland, and it’s spilling out here to Chilliwack.

By August 2017, the average price of a single family home in the Chilliwack and district area went up 22 per cent year over year. Over two years, that was 58 per cent.

There is also an undeniable rental crisis in the city with low vacancy rates in almost every neighbourhood and people desperate to find suitable accommodation.

Chilliwack needs more housing sooner rather than later, and there isn’t a lot of undeveloped land around.

It’s no secret that there are really three choices: hillsides, farmland, or densification.

The first one is expensive, the second is essentially a non-starter, so we are left with densification.

Infill is coming, and while consultation is important, just about every neighbourhood is going to have to take its share.

We just hope densification is done taking full consideration of community feedback.

Just Posted

Drugs and guns seized by Chilliwack Mounties in complex case

Drug trafficking investigations led to five arrests in three different locations across Chilliwack

Chilliwack RCMP trying to catch robbery suspect

Police hope someone will identify the person who appears in security camera footage

Chilliwack churns out new generation of wildfire fighters

School district partners with B.C. Wildfire Service to prep Grade 12s for careers

Bucket-list flight for Chilliwack grandmother

Hampton House resident treated to a beautiful plane ride in Moments that Matter

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

LETTER:Chilliwack trustee says dress code quotes out of context

Furgason says he wants to hear from parents, not union head

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Six ‘distraction thefts’ in two days spark warning to seniors by Vancouver police

Distraction thefts are used to steal jewelry off the necks of unsuspecting women

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Most Read