Abbotsford is the largest municipality in BC with a total area of 389 km2. Approximately 72% of the land is located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, making agriculture a significant part of the community. Abbotsford is one of the most intensively and diversely farmed areas in Canada, supporting a wide range of crop and livestock productions. Agriculture is one of the economic pillars of the city and in many ways defines Abbotsford.
The City of Abbotsford recently completed AgRefresh, a three stage planning process to review agricultural policies, bylaws, and regulations, and to establish a framework for ongoing bylaw compliance for land within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). AgRefresh updated Official Community Plan policy and Zoning Bylaw regulation, and prepared a bylaw compliance approach for farming areas.