Abbotsforward – OCP Update Project At Mill Lake Saturday

By August 17, 2014Abbotsford News

From the City of Abbotsford. The City of Abbotsford will be attending the Envision Concert in the Park, August 23, 6pm – 8pm, Mill Lake Park as part of its Official Community Plan (OCP) update project.

On the City website the project is explained.

Welcome to the Official Community Plan (OCP) update project. Here you will find all the information you need to get involved and excited about the OCP update.

  1. About Abbotsforward
  2. Learn about your city
  3. Get involved
  4. Contact us

1. About Abbotsforward

Why it’s important

Abbotsford’s current OCP was created in 2005 and at that time facilitated growth in a flexible way. However, changing market trends have resulted in that flexibility creating a lot of uncertainty about our changing city.

Residents do not have a clear picture of how their neighbourhoods will look in the future, developers cannot accurately value their buildings and projects, and the City faces challenges in being able to plan for and provide efficient and effective services. Updating the plan will help provide everyone with greater clarity about the future of Abbotsford as we continue to grow. In short, the OCP sorts out where people will live, work and play in the city. This OCP update is your chance to have a say about the Abbotsford of the future!

Background reports & presentations

In March 2014, City Council endorsed the OCP update project. The following documents should give you a great introduction to the project, and outline how it will be completed:

• Report: Background, purpose & process report to Council
• Project info: Scope of Services
• Presentation: Abbotsford’s current OCP & update process
• Report: Work plan & community engagement strategy report to Council
• Presentation: Work plan & community engagement strategy
• Project info: Work plan
• Project info: Community engagement strategy

General timeline
OCP Update Timeline Stages

2. Learn about your city

3. Get involved


Come visit us at various community events throughout the city including:

Event Date Time Location
Canada Day July 1 Canada Day Event Summary
BerryBeat Festival July 6 Berrybeat Festival Event Summary
Envision Concert in the Park July 19 Envision Concert in the Park Event Summary
Jam in Jubilee July 24 Jam in Jubilee Event Summary
Agrifair August 1 Agrifair Event Summary
Jam in Jubilee August 14 6pm – 10pm Jubilee Park
Envision Concert in the Park August 23 6pm – 8pm Mill Lake Park
UFV Welcome Week September 2 11am – 4pm UFV Green

Citizen Advisory Commission

The application process for residents to participate on our Advisory Commission is now closed.

Once residents have been appointed to the Commission, they will help shape the future of Abbotsford by reviewing land use policy, helping with community engagement and giving feedback on new planning ideas. The Official Community Plan Citizen Advisory Commission Bylaw 2328-2014 outlines membership terms of reference, and additional information about the Commission will be added as it comes available.

Picturing Your City photo activityShare with us the places and spaces that you like and dislike in Abbotsford, and examples from elsewhere you hope to see in Abbotsford. A picture is worth a thousand words and we want to know what places you enjoy, what places need improvement, and what places do not exist but should. Picture what you want Abbotsford to be in the future and share your vision!

Submit your photos between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 through:
• Email:
    • Twitter: @abbotsforward
• Instagram: @abbotsforward

Be sure to identify your picture as a “#like”, “#dislike”, or “#wish”. Please submit pictures of places and spaces, and not identifiable people.

Everyone who submits an eligible photo will be entered in a random draw for a Kindle E-reader or Parks, Recreation & Culture one month pass. One draw entry per person.

Review the full terms and conditions for all the details.

4. Contact us

As the project moves forward, the website will be updated to reflect our progress so you can use it as your home base to stay connected and get involved.For further information or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

Planning & Development Services
Twitter: @abbotsforward
Phone: 604-864-5510

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