Cultus Lake plan calls for major redevelopment

Major changes could soon be coming to Cultus Lake, the tiny Fraser Valley community that transforms every summer into a tourist hotspot that draws more than 800,000 visitors.

Proposed plan includes new residential development, condos and a hotel

Cultus Lake is on the cusp of an expansion that could bring major changes to the small resort. (Jesse Johnston)

Major changes could soon be coming to Cultus Lake, the tiny Fraser Valley community that transforms every summer into a tourist hotspot that draws more than 800,000 visitors.

The Cultus Lake Park Board is considering a long-term vision called PlanCultus, which will map out how the community grows over the next 25 years.

The plan, which still hasn't been given approval, includes a hotel, condos and new residential development near the golf course.

It's a lot of change for a community that has largely stayed the same over the years.

Reaction has been mixed.

"Probably 33 percent of people support the plan the way it is and I think 33 percent would like to see no growth or development for the sake of revenue," said PlanCultus chair Joe Lamb.

"Then, I'd say there's 33 percent of the population that is really in wait and see mode before taking a stance in either direction."

Residents have until Friday to give their feedback online.

Cultus Lake at crossroads

Cultus Lake Village is home to a handful of shops and restaurants, an amusement park for kids and not much else.

The plan calls for up to 120 new apartment units in the area.

"I think development is a good thing," said Jody Blakeway who owns Ink Boy Tattoos.

"I know some people try to resist it but you can't stop growth and you can't stop people from coming. It's good for business."

Cathy and Pat Hultman spend every morning looking out at the lake. (Jesse Johnson)

Cultus Lake's sewage system is nearly at capacity and the park board needs to find a new way to pay for an upgrade.

New residential development and expanding the campground, which is one of the park board's biggest revenue generators, are both being floated as possibilities.

For Cathy Hultman, who recently retired and now spends every morning looking out on the lake with her husband Pat, growth isn't a problem as long as it's done responsibly.

"It's wonderful that we live so close to such a beautiful place," Hultman said.

"It's very natural. It's not developed and we like that."

Residents have until August 7 to give their feedback on the plan in an online survey.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the plan called for up to 120 new apartment buildings. In fact, the plan calls for up to 120 new apartment units.
    Aug 05, 2015 2:17 PM PT

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