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Historic Downtown

The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to create the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan (HDNP). The HDNP will renew the vision of the neighbourhood and will provide an opportunity to celebrate the area's heritage and enhance the vibrant community that is there today.

The Historic Downtown is considered by many as one of the ‘hearts’ of Abbotsford, characterized by small-scale, independently-owned businesses, which offer a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience for locals and visitors alike.


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.

The Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan will build on the foundation of the Urban Centre mixed use designation in the OCP. It will clarify how the Historic Downtown will evolve to become a complete neighbourhood and city-wide destination for shopping, entertainment and gathering.  

We are currently in STAGE 2: EXPLORING OPTIONS. As information becomes available on public events, open houses, surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.  


Stage 1 has analyzed how the Historic Downtown area functions and looks today, and has provided a set of ideas to explore in Stage 2 to help make it a complete and vibrant neighbourhood.


Stage 2 will focus on exploring options and preparing a preferred concept that structures the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan.

This will be done through a broad engagement process framed by concept options created from the planning issues identified in Stage 1.  

Conversation Board feedback

For two weeks from the end of June into early July, 8 conversation boards on different topics were displayed around the neighbourhood in storefronts and at events. The result was input from 175 to 325 people on each topic. Find out what people said they wanted in Historic Downtown below.

Preferred Concept Development

Staff are now preparing a preferred concept report. This process began with a workshop where stakeholders created four preliminary concepts that can be seen here.

These preliminary concepts, along with the conversation board feedback and background research report, are being used to develop a preferred concept. Check here for more updates coming this fall.


Stage 3 will focus on preparing the first draft of the new Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan using the findings from Stage 1 and 2. It will also include technical analysis of infrastructure needs and market viability of development.


Stage 4 will focus on refining the new Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan and having it adopted as a bylaw by Council.

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