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Chilliwack City Council Recap – April 20 – Freshet Concerns (VIDEO)

Chilliwack (Josh Olund – BCIT Journalism) – Chilliwack city council wrapped up its second meeting in April. With that, came up a few noteworthy bits of information.

The first topic of concern was in regards to an update on the Fraser River Freshet.In regards to a presentation that was given to council, it showed that the BC River Forecast reported that the overall Fraser River base and index as of April 1st, 2021 is at 116% of normal.Which is exactly the same as it was in 2020.

And when looking into previous years of research,it’s looking as if 2021 is projected to have an above-average of water flows. However, this all depends on how the weather will be in regards to if it will get colder or not to slow down the waterflow from the Upper Fraser and Interior.

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Next was about allocating funds from the pedestrian signals budget to use towards sidewalk and street lining on Young Road. As well as electrical vehicle charging stations at city facilities.This comes after receiving more pricing than expected from the 2020 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) program.

Finally, a proposed new subdivision along 10195 Williams Road and 46193 Strathcona Road.This proposal that was shown had a layout of a “Residential1 – One and Two Family Housing”plan. Which was designated within the Chilliwack Proper& Fairfield Island Neighbourhood Plan.

The proposal was ultimately turned down and was requested to be sent back to staff for re-evaluation by the applicant. Due to the growing concerns within the neighbourhood in which this was to take place.Some examples were because there are already too many homes with big lots in the areas of Williams Road and Strathcona Road. As well as there being potential parking issues surrounding the area. And the fact that the proposed lot had too many units within it.

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The next Chilliwack council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 4th at 3 PM.

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