Hatzic Ridge development ends five year wait

The project has been on the books since October 2006

A proposed 107-acre subdivision near Hatzic Lake, which has been struggling to win council’s approval for more than five years, received third reading Monday at a public hearing.

The Hatzic Ridge development, which first came forward to council Oct. 25, 2006, is expected to receive final approval Wednesday (after The Record’s press deadline), pending a list of requirements be met by developer Lyle Holman.

“In the end we had to compromise and come out with a lower density, larger lots, and we think it’s going to be a really good project,” said Holman Tuesday, adding buyers have been waiting.

There have been two previous applications for the two properties involved. Council rejected an initial proposal for a high-density subdivision composed of 217 single family dwellings, 60 townhouses, 20 residential apartments and 7,500 square-feet of commercial space.

The second proposal involves 109 executive homes on a spacious 45 acres, with 40 acres of protected wilderness and streams. Five acres have been identified as open area, commons or wildlife corridors that link to the protected areas. The remaining 18 acres are within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

That application reached third reading on May 7, 2007, before it stalled due to provincial regulations which have since been rescinded, allowing it to move forward again.

The lots will be privately owned but residents will pay a strata fee to maintain the protected areas, as well as garbage collection and snow removal.

Project consultant Rex Blane said the development will provide “extensive community benefits,” given the developer will install a water trunk main along Ferndale Avenue and a sanitary main through currently unserviced parts of Hatzic that rely on well water.

Not everybody at the public meeting were in favour. Some Ferndale Avenue residents showed up to voice their opposition to higher numbers of vehicles, although two traffic studies have green-lighted the development.

Cornelius Bergen said he thinks the development will devalue his own property, and is concerned the rural area isn’t ready for such a large population increase.

But Holman said the project addresses a need for more higher-end homes in the district.

“We’re trying to appeal to a 55-plus client, to keep those people here in Mission. A big problem with Mission is that when people retire and they look around for a nice, low maintenance kind of situation, there’s hardly anything here. They go to Abbotsford.”

Holman said the community suffers because it loses residents at the time in their lives when they’re going to be volunteering.

There are numerous requirements before the project can receive a building permit: receipt of a $108,000 Community Amenity contribution; finalization of design guidelines submitted to the district, which includes three trees per lot; preparation for a terms of reference for the recurring bi-annual environmental audit; registration on title of a public right-of-way from Ferndale Avenue to East Edwards Street; any outstanding requirements from engineering; a $25,000 letter of credit for a recreational area; and a $98,100 letter of credit for installing and maintaining trees.

The developer has also volunteered $37,000 towards upgrading the trunk main on Lougheed Highway downstream of the Hatzic Sanitary Lift Station.

Just Posted

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

Emergency services were on the scene of an apparent stabbing Friday afternoon (June 11) in the 2400 block of Countess Street in Abbotsford. (Photo: Kaytlin Harrison)
Two suspects arrested after apparent stabbing in Abbotsford

Incident occurs Friday afternoon in 2400 block of Countess Street

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read