Canada Day celebrations include kickoff for Abbotsforward project

The Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford will also mark the beginning of public engagement on the city's Abbotsforward project.

Abbotsforward is the name of the city's Official Community Plan (OCP) update project, and will provide opportunities over the next 18 months for residents to have input on how Abbotsford will grow and develop as a community in coming years.

The new OCP will guide how future development occurs in different areas of the city as the population continues to expand.

A news release from the city states that the OCP includes guidelines on where parks and trails will be located, where different densities of housing will be located, how transit and active transportation opportunities will expand, and how commercial, industrial and agricultural development will be supported.

The OCP will be integrated with other community strategies, including transportation plans, sustainability plans, and waste management plans.

The Abbotsforward team’s community engagement activities will kick off during the Canada Day celebrations at Rotary Stadium during the afternoon.

Residents are encouraged to stop by with their family members and learn how they can become involved.

There will be opportunities at the Abbotsforward booth for kids to draw how they see the future of the city, as well as information on how residents can participate in the Picturing Your City photo activity, showing what they like, dislike and wish for in the community.

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