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The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to create the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan (CCNP). Abbotsford is a young city with multiple historic centres, but no identifiable core. The CCNP will develop a new vision for a more populated, attractive, and walkable neighbourhood at the heart of our urban area. 

With its close proximity to Mill Lake and its strong employment base, the City Centre has the foundation and the potential to become a dynamic and complete neighbourhood. By crafting clearer and stronger land use designations, design guidelines, and policies, the CCNP can help encourage development in Abbotsford’s core. Together, we can create a vibrant City Centre all Abbotsford residents are proud of!


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 1 has analyzed how the City Centre area functions and looks, and has provided a set of key themes to explore in the following stages of the project.

CCNP - Background Research Report
CCNP - Commercial Market Study


Stage 2 will focus on exploring options and preparing a preferred concept that is the structure of the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.  This will be done through a broad engagement process framed by concept options created from the planning issues identified in Stage 1.


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 will focus on refining the new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and having it adopted as a bylaw by Council.

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