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As the population of Abbotsford grows to 200,000 people, the City is working to ensure our drainage infrastructures meet the needs of a growing population.

Abbotsford has several hundred kilometres of creeks and streams, over 10 large drainage catchment areas, (Marshall Creek, Downes Creek, Clayburn Creek, Willband Creek, Fishtrap Creek, and Nathan Creek, etc), 3 floodplains in Sumas Prairie, Matsqui Prairie and Glen Valley, 500 km of storm sewer pipes, 33 km of dykes (along the Fraser River, Vedder River, and Sumas River), and 5 drainage pump stations. Ultimately, the various catchments within the City drain to the Fraser River, west to Township of Langley, or south to the United States.


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. We are now reviewing and updating existing Integrated Stormwater Management Plans and drainage studies to ensure all of our future operations, development, infrastructure, services, amenities and programs align with the vision set out in our OCP. 

The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive Master Drainage Plan as the basis for developing new infrastructure, and completing necessary upgrades to existing infrastructure to meet the requirements into the future. This plan will support the needs of preparing future City capital budget and Development Cost Charges programs. It is expected to provide adoptable stormwater management polices and criteria to assist in management of future development and enhance our environment.  This study will also review the best practices of Stormwater Utilities implemented in other municipalities to support the drainage infrastructure improvement works.

We are currently in STAGE 3: DRAFT PLAN. As information becomes available on public events, open houses, surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.  


We have concluded Stage 1 and have moved to our next phase where we will conduct analysis and evaluation of the City's drainage system and develop options for improvement and priorities our Drainage Master Plan.


In this stage, we will be analyzing and evaluating the date received from our background research in stage 1.


We will compile the analysis results and feedback we receive from stage 2, which will form the base of our Draft Plan. 


Join us on April 24, 2018 for an Open House regarding the Draft Master Plans for Transportation, Transit, Drainage, City Water, City Wastewater and Joint Utilities!

Learn about how these plans are being updated to accommodate the future growth of our city and region.  City staff will be on hand to answer questions and there will be an opportunity for public feedback.

Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Clearbrook Library



During this stage, we will have compiled all of our collective feedback and priorities and present the final plan to the public and Council.
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Purvez Irani, Director of Infrastructure Planning

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