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.
STAGE 1 - BACKGROUND RESEARCH
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.
- HDNP - Council Report
- HDNP - Council Presentation
- HDNP - Background Research
- HDNP - Commercial Market Study
STAGE 2 - EXPLORING OPTIONS
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.
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.
- Shopping Streets
- Historic Character
- Amenities and Events
- Parks and Plazas
- Natural Features and Connections
- Housing Options
- Transportation Choices
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.
STAGE 3 - DRAFT PLAN
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.
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.
STAGE 4 - FINAL PLAN
Stage 4 is underway and will focus on refining the new Historic Downtown Neighbourhood Plan. This stage will include continued stakeholder meetings and a final public engagement event before a plan bylaw is prepared and presented to Council for their consideration and adoption.