While Abbotsford offers a diverse range of housing options, the need for affordable and attainable housing continues to grow in our community. A spectrum of housing options is required to support socio-economic diverse neighbourhoods to thrive; which will also support Abbotsford to be a socially and economically vibrant community.
The Affordable Housing Strategy will determine the current and future housing demands and needs in our community. The update will also provide information to aid the City in its decision making and partnerships with all levels of Government, Private Sector and Non-Profit partners to facilitate affordable housing development.
The previous Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted in 2011 and it outlined many of the strategic
objectives that have been facilitated through the past five years.
Given the fact that many of Abbotsford’s residents pay an unaffordable amount towards shelter costs and rental vacancies continue to decrease rapidly, it is important that the Strategy is updated to ensure that the City of Abbotsford responds to this situation. The strategy will support the vision that all residents of Abbotsford live in safe, stable, appropriate housing that is affordable to their income level, and policies within the Strategy support developing a wide range of market and non-market housing options.
STAGE 1 - LAND ECONOMIC/HOUSING DEMAND ANALYSIS
Stage 1 will focus on a land economic/housing analysis and will commence in the Spring of 2017. As we enter Stage 1, important details will be posted below.
STAGE 2 - EXPLORING OPTIONS
In Stage 2, we will be reaching out to you to get your opinion and feedback on options and priorities.
STAGE 3 - DRAFT PLAN AND STRATEGY
We will compile the research and feedback we receive from stage 2, which will form the base of our Draft Plan and Strategy.
STAGE 4 - FINAL PLAN
Present draft Housing Strategy to Council for review and approval consideration. Subject to Council approval, the Housing Strategy will be implemented as an integral component of the City's Official Community Plan