Secondary Suite Study

The City’s Homelessness Action Plan identifies options for increasing housing supply across the housing continuum, to address a range of affordable housing needs in Chilliwack. Secondary suites have been identified as one way to increase the number of affordable market rental units in our community.

In Spring 2017, the City initiated a study to determine options for streamlining and supporting secondary suite development in Chilliwack. The study involves the following:

  • A review of secondary suites policies and practices within the City of Chilliwack, and comparable communities
  • Meetings with key stakeholders to examine implications for land use planning and urban design, the role of secondary suites in meeting local housing needs, and considerations regarding the legalization of secondary suites
  • Public engagement through an online survey and interactive booths at community events (May to July 2017)
  • Development of a policy options report to be presented to Council (early 2018)

For additional information please contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906 or