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Urban 3 - Infill Study


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The Urban Infill Study is a three-stage planning process which started in November 2017. The purpose of the project is to clarify the City’s objectives and intent for the Urban 3 - Infill land use designation in the Official Community Plan (OCP).

Urban 3-Infill applies to approximately 5,600 lots in existing neighbourhoods surrounding Abbotsford’s urban core. The OCP provides general direction for redevelopment within this land use, however more detailed zoning regulations and guidelines are needed to provide clarity.

Details about each stage of the planning process, and the current status of the project, are provided below: 

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Stage 1 – Background

Stage 1 included data collection, research and analysis of existing conditions. Staff presented a summary of findings to Council on February 19, 2018 and received direction from Council to proceed with the Study.

Please see Council Report PDS 020-2018 (item 6.8.1) for details about Stage 1, including a summary package and details about the interim approach for rezoning applications while the Study is underway. An informational project bulletin was released on February 20, 2018.

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Stage 2 – Options

Stage 2 included the preparation of infill housing options and community engagement. Open Houses were held May 15-17, 2018 to present the options and to hear feedback from the community. Information about the open houses is provided through the links below:

Staff presented a summary of community input to Council on June 18, 2018. Please see Council Report PDS 072-2018 (item 5.1) for details.

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Stage 3 – Draft Regulations (we are here)

Stage 3 includes the preparation of OCP policy, zoning regulations and voluntary design guidelines. On July 23, 2018, staff presented a first draft to Council (see Council Report PDS 080-2018 (item 6.8.1) and the presentation for details). Given the preliminary nature of the July 23 draft regulations – and the importance of ‘getting it right’ – staff were directed by Council to continue to research, prepare and test the draft material, and report back on the findings.

Staff presented an update to Council on May 6, 2019 (see Council Report PDS 042-2019 – item 6.8.2 and the presentation for details).  This update included a summary of additional work completed since July 23, 2018, along with a refined set of draft policies and regulations.  

As directed by Council on May 6, staff prepared OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws to implement the Urban Infill Study, and introduced the Bylaws on May 27, 2019 (see Council Report PDS - 051-2019 - item 6.8.1 and the presentation for details). Council gave the Bylaws 1st and 2nd readings and scheduled a public hearing.

On June 24, 2019, Council held a Public Hearing on the proposed OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws. After the Hearing, Council deliberated and gave the Bylaws 3rd reading. The next step is for Council to consider final adoption of the Bylaws. 

An informational project bulletin that explains the current status of the Urban 3-Infill Study is available here.

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Contact Us

For further information or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

Tel: 604-864-5510
Email: urban3infill@abbotsford.ca

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