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Historic Downtown

The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to create the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan (HDNP). The HDNP will renew the vision of the neighbourhood and will provide an opportunity to celebrate the area's heritage and enhance the vibrant community that is there today.

The Historic Downtown is considered by many as one of the ‘hearts’ of Abbotsford, characterized by small-scale, independently-owned businesses, which offer a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience for locals and visitors alike.


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.

The Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan will build on the foundation of the Urban Centre mixed use designation in the OCP. It will clarify how the Historic Downtown will evolve to become a complete neighbourhood and city-wide destination for shopping, entertainment and gathering.  

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 Historic Downtown area functions and looks today, and has provided a set of ideas to explore in Stage 2 to help make it a complete and vibrant neighbourhood.


Stage 2 will focus on exploring options and preparing a preferred concept that is the structure of the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan.

This will be done through a broad engagement process framed by concept options created from the planning issues identified in Stage 1.  

Past Engagement Activities

Saturday, July 8
Downtown Abbotsford

Conversation Boards
June 23-July 6
Various businesses in Downtown Abbotsford will have conversation boards in their storefronts. 

Speaker Night
June 15 at the Reach Gallery Museum
See the event poster for details

Farmers Market
Saturday, June 24
9am - 1pm
Montrose Avenue at George Ferguson Way


Stage 3 will focus on preparing the first draft of the new Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan using the findings from Stage 1 and 2. It will also include technical analysis of infrastructure needs and market viability of development.


Stage 4 will focus on refining the new Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan and having it adopted as a bylaw by Council.

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