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Industrial Land Supply

The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to identify opportunities for future industrial growth in the city. The purpose of this Industrial Land Supply Study is to provide a clear understanding of Abbotsford’s current and potential capacity for industrial development.

The background research and analysis conducted in Stages 1 and 2 will look at the city’s optimal role in serving both the local and regional industrial markets, and the suitability and potential of two Special Study Areas to accommodate future industrial development and to meet the community’s employment needs. 



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Special Study Areas A and B were highlighted for future industrial growth in the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP) due to their proximity and access to Highway No. 1, Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), rail and other industrial uses. 

The background research and analysis conducted in Stages 1 and 2 will look at the city’s optimal role in serving both the local and regional industrial markets. It will identify which areas to pursue for exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to meet the demand for future industrial growth (with special consideration given to Special Study Areas A and B as outlined in the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP).

Although these areas are highlighted for further analysis, they are located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and require ALC approval for any non-agricultural use. Through the planning process, the City will consider technical aspects such as servicing, traffic, agricultural suitability and buffering in addition to existing industrial land inventory. The findings will be used by Council to determine the direction for a potential ALR Exclusion Application.

TIMELINE
We are currently in STAGE 2: SITE ANALYSIS. As information becomes available on public events, open houses,
surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.  

STAGE 1 - BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Stage 1 provides an overview of the current industrial market trends and existing inventory of industrial uses in the region and Abbotsford specifically.   

STAGE 2 - SITE ANALYSIS

Stage 2 – Site Analysis explores optimal locations for accommodating future industrial growth, with special consideration given to Special Study Areas A and B as outlined in the 2016 OCP.  The findings will be used by Council to determine the direction for a potential ALR Exclusion Application.

STAGE 3 - ALR EXCLUSION

In Stage 3, the ALR Exclusion focuses on the preparation and submission of a city-initiated ALR exclusion application under Section 29 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act and which meets the requirements defined under Part 6 of the ALR Regulation.

STAGE 4 - OCP AMENDMENT

In Stage 4, the OCP Amendment enacts the ALC’s approval for exclusion (if granted) by designating the excluded areas for industrial use in the City’s OCP. 

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