Abbotsford’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in June 2016, provides a vision and a framework for how Abbotsford will grow to a population of 200,000. One of the most important aspects of the new OCP is to create neighbourhood plans for specific areas of the city that help manage and direct their growth. In general, these areas of Abbotsford will see the most growth in the future.
One of these areas, the City Centre, is envisioned as “the centre of Abbotsford’s public, economic and cultural life.” In fact, an entire policy section in the OCP is devoted to the Big Idea to “Create a City Centre”. The CCNP, once completed, will help achieve a significant part of our Official Community Plan’s vision.
We are currently in STAGE 2: EXPLORING OPTIONS. As information becomes available on public events, open houses, surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.
STAGE 2 - EXPLORING OPTIONS
Stage 2 will focus on exploring options and preparing a preferred concept that is the structure of the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan. This was done through a broad engagement process framed by concept options created from the planning issues identified in Stage 1. Past events included:
- Road Show Event:
- June 10: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre (9:30am-6:00pm)
- July 1: Canada Day (1:00pm – 5:00pm, Abbotsford Exhibition Park)
- Speakers night!
Stage 2 engagement activities are now complete and staff will compile the results and start working on a preferred concept report.
STAGE 3 - DRAFT PLAN
Stage 3 will focus on preparing the first draft of the new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan using the findings from Stage 1 and 2. It will also include a technical analysis of infrastructure needs and market viability of development.
STAGE 4 - FINAL PLAN
Stage 4 will focus on refining the new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and having it adopted as a bylaw by Council.