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Urban 3 - Infill Study


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 draft infill zoning regulations, OCP policy and voluntary design guidelines. On July 23, 2018, staff gave an update on Stage 3 to Council, presenting draft material prepared up to this point. View the Council Report PDS 080-2018 (item 6.8.1) and a video of the presentation for details. A copy of the presentation is available through this link. An informational bulletin explaining the status of the project is also available.

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The material presented to Council on July 23, 2018 was a first draft of regulations relating to the Urban 3 Infill Study. 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. 

Since July, staff are working on a number of supporting studies, and are now reviewing the draft regulations based on the additional work, such as basement height, floor space permissions and house massing. Council has not made any decisions at this time. The updated information will be presented to Council this Spring.

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Contact Us

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

Tel: 604-864-5510

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