Chilliwack’s Climate Action Plans

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Consultation has concluded

Council approved the updated Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans on August 16, 2022. The Climate Action Plans will shape the City’s efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change over the next decade and beyond. View the plans on our website hereThank you to all who completed our survey and shared your ideas! 

Addressing climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time – both locally and across the planet. Changes to our climate are already noticeable with more frequent extreme-weather events (droughts, floods, heat waves, fires), and these changes are projected to increase over the coming decades. Global climate models project temperature to increase over the century. Locally, this is projected to result in more extreme heat days, longer dry spells in summer, more precipitation in spring, fall and winter, warmer winters, and more intense extreme weather events.

The more we reduce total greenhouse gas emissions in the short term, the less intense these changes will be over time, and the less costly our response needs to be than if we delay action.

For more information on climate change and community emissions in Chilliwack, please visit chilliwack.com/climatechange.

Background:

In 2011, the City adopted the Integrated Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Community Action Plan and the Integrated Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Corporate Action Plan in 2012. At that time, the plans provided a baseline of energy use and resulting emissions, set reduction targets, and identified actions to support those targets.

As part of this project, we have been reviewing progress made towards reaching emission targets, updating targets, identifying where we can align with federal and provincial goals, and identifying strategies that will help us meet our targets efficiently.

Council approved the updated Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans on August 16, 2022. The Climate Action Plans will shape the City’s efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change over the next decade and beyond. View the plans on our website hereThank you to all who completed our survey and shared your ideas! 

Addressing climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time – both locally and across the planet. Changes to our climate are already noticeable with more frequent extreme-weather events (droughts, floods, heat waves, fires), and these changes are projected to increase over the coming decades. Global climate models project temperature to increase over the century. Locally, this is projected to result in more extreme heat days, longer dry spells in summer, more precipitation in spring, fall and winter, warmer winters, and more intense extreme weather events.

The more we reduce total greenhouse gas emissions in the short term, the less intense these changes will be over time, and the less costly our response needs to be than if we delay action.

For more information on climate change and community emissions in Chilliwack, please visit chilliwack.com/climatechange.

Background:

In 2011, the City adopted the Integrated Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Community Action Plan and the Integrated Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Corporate Action Plan in 2012. At that time, the plans provided a baseline of energy use and resulting emissions, set reduction targets, and identified actions to support those targets.

As part of this project, we have been reviewing progress made towards reaching emission targets, updating targets, identifying where we can align with federal and provincial goals, and identifying strategies that will help us meet our targets efficiently.

Consultation has concluded

Do you have a question about the Climate Action Plans? 

We would be happy to respond to your question and will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Can EV chargers be added to destination locations such as malls, the Cultural Center, the pools, sports fields etc.?

    Lynn asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question! The City is planning on expanding access to EV chargers at City owned facilities. The decision to install chargers at other destinations, such as malls, is up to the property owner. 

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    In the climate action summary under the density section one of the points is Revitalization Tax Exemption By Law. What is it and how does that help.

    Lynn asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw 2004, No. 3012 allows for tax exemptions on particular types of developments in areas designated by Council. It enables the City to encourage high density development in particular neighbourhoods. For example, in the case of this bylaw, it encourages high density, multi-family buildings in the downtown core, an area with walking access to stores and public transit, which result in lower greenhouse gas emissions per person in this neighbourhood. More information can be found in the bylaw on the City's website.