Get Involved In The OCP Review

By July 8, 2014Issues

On Canada Day Mayor Banman announced the 18-month process of reviewing the new Official Community Plan (OCP). Abbotsford’s planning process has been so confused, unmanaged and poorly managed that only a select few have ever been able to fight their way through it.

Too often the impression has been left that, unless you know the right people, the byzantine OCP was something you just weren’t going to get through. Banman assures that is about to change as a result of the new OCP which has been drafter and is awaiting public input.

This is your chance to ensure your investment in Abbotsford does shrink any further nor the possibility of real economic development remain an unfulfilled dream. The economic indicators for Abbotsford are abysmal. Participation from as many civic-minded citizens as possible will be crucial to making sense of the new OCP and ensuring it doesn’t simply favour the few at the expense of the many.

Opinion: Why The OCP Matters To You

Committee Application

Thank you for your interest in serving the City of Abbotsford through participation on a City Committee. The commitment and dedication of community volunteers assists Council in the governance of the City and makes Abbotsford a community where people choose to live, work and play.

Eligibility and Requirements

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must not be employees of the City of Abbotsford;
  • Applicants must live in the City of Abbotsford; and
  • Applicants should be able to serve for the full term of the appointment.

Time Commitment
Time requirements vary among the Committees. Most Committees, however, meet once a month in the day or evening for two or three hours. Some Committees may meet less frequently. Generally, Committees do not meet in July, August or December.

These are volunteer positions and successful candidates serve without remuneration.

Application Process

  • Carefully review the Committee description, and identify which one(s) interest you (please note external committees are not included);
  • Complete the online application form. Please be as concise as possible when filling out your application; and attach a resume.

Applications can be submitted via any of the following methods:

  • Complete the online application; or
  • Download and complete the Application; attach a resume and
    • Fax it to : 604-853-1934
    • Email City Clerk’s Office
    • Mail or hand delivered to:
      City of Abbotsford – City Clerk
      32315 South Fraser Way
      Abbotsford, BC  V2T 1W7

How Appointments are Made
Appointments are made by City Council in December, or as vacancies arise. Appointments are for three year terms, except where otherwise indicated.

When a vacancy arises on the board, committee or commission selected above your application with be reviewed. Should you be contacted for an interview you will have the opportunity to elaborate on your application.

Your application will be kept on file for one year.

NOTE:  Copies of all applications will be made available to City of Abbotsford Council, City staff and any other applicable agencies, for the sole purpose of making appointments to Committees, and communicating with the Committees. Your information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for this purpose and for contacting appointed persons with information regarding meetings.

For more information please email the City Clerk’s Office or call 604-864-5506.

This information is collected for administrative and/or operational functions of the City of Abbotsford as authorized by the Community Charter. This information has been collected, and will be used and maintained, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Should you have any questions about the above please contact Information and Privacy Coordinator at 604-864-5575 or by email at

To fill out an application click here.

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