City of Abbotsford

2016 -> 2018

AgRefresh is a three-part initiative by the City of Abbotsford to review and update current agricultural bylaws, policies and regulations in response to new provincial legislation and changing agricultural market trends regarding agricultural land use.

Urban Food Strategies is leading a team to 1) update the Official community plan with policies that better reflect agriculture’s important role in Abbotsford, 2) update the Zoning Bylaw to make local regulations around permitted uses on agricultural land clearer and in line with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Land Commission bylaws, and 3) develop a Bylaw Compliance Strategy to ensure that the use of farmland in Abbotsford align with what the provincial Agricultural Land Commission and Ministry of Agriculture allow. Each project phase involves engagement, research, and synthesis.