Location
  • Abbotsford, BC
Client
  • The City of Abbotsford
Completion
2016
Collaborators
  • Bunt & Associates
  • Colliers
  • Kerr Wood Leidal Associates
  • Toderian Urban Works
DIALOG Services
  • Planning & Urban Design
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Abbotsford, where cars and parking lots have historically dominated the landscape, decided to rethink its future. “Abbotsforward” was a ground-breaking project that sparked dialogue with thousands of residents and culminated in a bold, new Official Community Plan (OCP). Developed through evidence-based design, the new Plan sets direction for growth to 200,000 residents, focusing new homes, shops, and jobs into denser neigbourhoods that support walking, cycling, and transit. Growth scenarios were developed to demonstrate how this Plan will increase transit ridership, reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions, enable more residents to walk to work and groceries, and more. In addition to planning and urban design, DIALOG also provided public engagement services on this project.
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Special Feature: Design Guidelines Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Plan Dovetailing off of the City's OCP came the Historic Downtown plan. Again, engagement played a monumental role in carving out the plan. Density that spoke to the street was a top priority.
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Distinctions between home and public will be felt through heighten differentiation carrying a memory of Montreal or New York.
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As was the activation and animation of the downtown in a way that celebrated the farming community.
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Farming functions will need to be logically considered in public facilities such as the size of spaces for parking.
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Sometimes it's the simple things that will make people's day's easier. Cover from the relentless British Colombian cuts people slack.
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Density and variety will bring visual and economical variety to Downtown.

Awards

2017 Gold Award, Excellence in Policy Planning (City and Urban Areas) - City of Abbotsford Official Community Plan,, Planning Institute of British Columbia

2016 Excellence Award, Community Connections – City of Abbotsford Official Community Plan, Union of BC Municipalities

2017 Award of Planning Excellence in City and Regional Planning - City of Abbotsford Official Community Plan, Canadian Institute of Planners

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