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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 4: FINAL PLAN. 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 has explored options and prepared a concept that structures the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan.

This was done through a broad engagement process which included conversation boards and a concept workshop.   

Conversation Boards

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

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.

HDNP - Concept Report - December 2017


Stage 3 is now complete with a draft plan received by Council.

Online Survey Results

In early 2018 an online survey reached over 6,000 residents and heard about their thoughts for the future of Historic Downtown. See the summary document of results below.

Concept survey results 

Draft Plan

A draft plan has been prepared using the results from research, public input, and stakeholder meetings completed so far in the project. In addition, infrastructure testing helped determine the impact of development in the neighbourhood. The draft plan is now ready and can be seen below.

Draft Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan


Final open houses for the Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan were held November 30 to December 2, 2018. The display boards can be found here and a summary of the feedback can be found here

The plan bylaw (Bylaw No. 2920-2019) was given first and second readings by City Council on March 11, 2019 and was adopted at the public hearing on April 15, 2019.

Final Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan