Urban design is a practice that looks at the composition of all the different elements in a city’s public space: the buildings, sidewalks, trees, benches, lighting fixtures, etc. Good urban design creates attractive streets that are enjoyable for all modes of transportation, whether it’s walking, biking, driving or taking transit. When applied consistently, cities create unique and vibrant neighbourhoods for residents to call home.
There is a growing awareness that high-quality urban design is an important tool for economic development and a healthier, more active population. A more attractive and effective urban environment will help draw new residents, business investment and visitors to Abbotsford. It will also encourage residents to lead healthier lifestyles by providing more opportunities to walk and bike safely within their neighbourhoods and the city.
The City of Abbotsford addresses urban design through two documents: The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2600-2016 (OCP) and the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Manual . The OCP includes Part 5 Development Permit Guidelines that specify how buildings and their surrounding environment should be built and how they should look. The CPTED Manual gives further detail to developers and property owners on how to design spaces in a way that deters criminal and unwelcome behaviour.