The City of Abbotsford has launched a comprehensive four stage planning process to identify opportunities for future industrial growth in the city. The purpose of this Industrial Land Supply Study is to provide a clear understanding of Abbotsford’s current and potential capacity for industrial development.
The background research and analysis conducted in Stages 1 and 2 will look at the city’s optimal role in serving both the local and regional industrial markets, and the suitability and potential of two Special Study Areas to accommodate future industrial development and to meet the community’s employment needs.
Special Study Areas A and B were highlighted for future industrial growth in the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP) due to their proximity and access to Highway No. 1, Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), rail and other industrial uses.
The background research and analysis conducted in Stages 1 and 2 will look at the city’s optimal role in serving both the local and regional industrial markets. It will identify which areas to pursue for exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to meet the demand for future industrial growth (with special consideration given to Special Study Areas A and B as outlined in the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP).
Although these areas are highlighted for further analysis, they are located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and require ALC approval for any non-agricultural use. Through the planning process, the City will consider technical aspects such as servicing, traffic, agricultural suitability and buffering in addition to existing industrial land inventory. The findings will be used by Council to determine the direction for a potential ALR Exclusion Application.
surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.
Stage 1 provides an overview of the current industrial market trends and existing inventory of industrial uses in the region and Abbotsford specifically.
- Report to Council PDS 014-2017
- Background Report and Appendices
- Presentation to Council: Project Introduction and Background Research
STAGE 2 - SITE ANALYSIS
Stage 2 – Site Analysis explores optimal locations for accommodating future industrial growth, with special consideration given to Special Study Areas A and B as outlined in the 2016 OCP. The findings will be used by Council to determine the direction for a potential ALR Exclusion Application.
- Report to Council No. PDS 048-2017
- Industrial Land Strategy
- Agricultural Suitability Assessment
- Presentation to Council - Stage 2 Site Analysis
STAGE 3 - ALR EXCLUSION
In Stage 3, the ALR Exclusion focuses on the preparation and submission of a city-initiated ALR exclusion application under Section 29 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act and which meets the requirements defined under Part 6 of the ALR Regulation. This stage will require a public consultation process, and a Council resolution endorsing an exclusion application.
Public Open Houses for the Industrial Land Supply were held on May 17 & 18, 2017. View the Open House Information Boards:
View a summary of the Open House results:
A Public Hearing for the Industrial Land Supply Study was held on July 17, 2017. View the news ad and presentation:
Council considered an ALR exclusion application on July 31, 2017 and decided to forward Special Study Area A in its entirety and the western portion of Special Study Area B to the ALC for consideration. View the Council report, presentation and reference maps:
- Report to Council No. PDS 124 -2017
- Presentation to Council - Stage 3 ALR Exclusion
- Final Areas for ALR Exclusion Application
On April 27, 2018 the Agricultural Land Commission's Executive Committee issued a letter outlining its decision on the City's ALR exclusion application. The Committee concluded that the lands are capable of supporting agriculture and therefore refused the proposal. On June 11,2018 Council decided to initiate discussions between the City and the Minister of Agriculture, the ALC Chair and the ALC’s CEO to better understand the issues and opportunities for the City.
- 2018-04-27 Application 56718 to Exclude Land from the Agricultural Land Reserve
- Report to Council PDS 069-2018
On April 1, 2019 Council directed staff to continue to monitor industrial growth in the city and explore opportunities for a new application at a future date.
STAGE 4 - OCP AMENDMENT
In Stage 4, the OCP Amendment enacts the ALC’s approval for exclusion (if granted) by designating the excluded areas for industrial use in the City’s OCP.