The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to create the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan (CCNP). Abbotsford is a young city with multiple historic centres, but no identifiable core. The CCNP will develop a new vision for a more populated, attractive, and walkable neighbourhood at the heart of our urban area.
With its close proximity to Mill Lake and its strong employment base, the City Centre has the foundation and the potential to become a dynamic and complete neighbourhood. By crafting clearer and stronger land use designations, design guidelines, and policies, the CCNP can help encourage development in Abbotsford’s core. Together, we can create a vibrant City Centre all Abbotsford residents are proud of!
Abbotsford’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in June 2016, provides a vision and a framework for how Abbotsford will grow to a population of 200,000. One of the most important aspects of the new OCP is to create neighbourhood plans for specific areas of the city that help manage and direct their growth. In general, these areas of Abbotsford will see the most growth in the future.
One of these areas, the City Centre, is envisioned as “the centre of Abbotsford’s public, economic and cultural life.” In fact, an entire policy section in the OCP is devoted to the Big Idea to “Create a City Centre”. The CCNP, once completed, will help achieve a significant part of our Official Community Plan’s vision.
STAGE 1 - BACKGROUND RESEARCH
Stage 1 has analyzed how the City Centre area functions and looks, and has provided a set of key themes to explore in the following stages of the project.
STAGE 2 - EXPLORING OPTIONS
Stage 2 has explored various options and developed a concept that will function as the structure of the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan. This was done through a broad engagement process, which included:
- Online Survey
- Road Show Event:
- May 28: Taste of Abby
- June 10: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
- July 1: Canada Day Celebrations
- July 27: Stakeholder Workshop
- Speakers Night June 15 (view the Event poster and the speaker night video)
Stage 2 is now complete with a Concept Report presented to Council on December 18. More information on engagement results and concept development can be found in this report.
STAGE 3 - DRAFT PLAN
Stage 3 is focused on preparing the first draft of the new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan using the findings from Stage 1 and 2. It will include community engagement activities and a technical analysis of infrastructure needs.
STAGE 4 - FINAL PLAN
Stage 4 will focus on refining the new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and having it adopted as a bylaw by Council.