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.
This planning process analyzed Abbotsford's optimal role in serving both the local and regional industrial markets, identifying which areas to pursue for exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to meet the demand for future industrial growth and support community employment needs. Special consideration was given to Special Study Areas A and B as outlined in the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP).
Special Study areas A and B are located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and require ALC approval for any non-agricultural use. Through the planning process, the City considered technical aspects such as servicing, traffic, agricultural suitability and buffering, in addition to existing industrial land inventory. The findings informed Council direction for an ALR Exclusion application.