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Urban 3 - Infill Study


Introduction

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). A copy of the presentation is available through this link. An informational bulletin explaining the status of the project is also available.

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. 

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

Staff are now preparing OCP Amendment and Zoning Amendment Bylaws to implement the Study, as directed by Council on May 6, 2019. Bylaw introduction is scheduled for May 27, 2019.

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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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