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Zoning bylaw rewrite to move to public hearing

Abbotsford City Hall.  - File photo
Abbotsford City Hall.
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A bylaw update that aims to simplify the process for owners to make changes to their properties is scheduled to go to public hearing on Aug. 25.

The redraft of Abbotsford’s zoning bylaw, which regulates land use in the city, received first and second reading at council on Monday.

The public hearing will be preceded by a public information session from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium foyer (32315 South Fraser Way.)

The session will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the proposed new zoning bylaw before the public hearing.

Abbotsford has been in the process of redrafting its outdated zoning bylaw, which has not had a significant review in nearly 18 years.

The city says that the existing bylaw creates additional workload that costs considerable staff time, increases the complexity of each development application and complicates the process for property owners.

The update has gone through stakeholder consultation and a public meeting.

The city is concurrently updating the official community plan (OCP), which is a document that sets goals and objectives for the future development and growth of the city. That process is currently undergoing public consultation.

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