The Future of Abbotsford

As we are nearing the end of 2015 and are heading into 2016, here are some articles that highlight what's to be expected for Abbotsford in the near future: 

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun: Leading the way forward in making Abbotsford one of the best places to live, work, learn and play

Mayor Henry Braun envisions a dramatic growth in Abbotsford in the coming few years. The Mayor is working very closely with the city manager in efforts to welcome the incoming 60,000 people in Abbotsford. Arrangements in welcoming these new residents include an urbanized city centre, focussed development on public spaces, as well as the development of residential sectors.

The City is undertaking a conditional assessment of all its assets in order to develop a long term maintenance plan. Renewal plans include major infrastructure development in projects such as the Abbotsford Airport, Water works, roads and bridges, as well as public services such as the Abbotsford Police and Fire departments. The Mayor also showed great excitement towards the industrial development in Abbotsford, as more businesses than ever before are now showing interest in investing in Abbotsford’s 550,000 sq. ft. of industrial buildings.

In efforts to continue making Abbotsford the best, Mayor Henry Braun welcomes the community’s feedback and says, “My office is always open.”

Source: The Patrika, December 18th, 2015 issue

Looking ahead to 2016:

The Agriculture Land Review has commenced and will occupy a significant amount of Council time. As well, we will continue to advocate for the three major infrastructure projects that were almost finalized before the federal election:

  • Hwy. 1 expansion to six lanes (three in each direction), four-lane expansion of Mt. Lehman from Simpson to the Airport (YXX);
  • Widening of Sumas Way from Hwy. 1 to the U.S. border plus two overpasses; and
  • A $2-million IT-system upgrade, which will result in a significant improvement in productivity so we can do more with the same number of people. Some of our IT systems are five upgrades behind.

In addition, Abbotsford City Council will rethink transit with an end goal to better serve our transit users.

Source: (posted December 5, 2015)

Fraser Valley mayors eye more ALR land for industry

Some mayors in the Fraser Valley are hoping to pull more farmland out of the Agricultural Land Reserve to serve as industrial sites that can provide more local jobs.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, speaking to a business forum hosted by the Urban Development Institute, said his city expects a decision soon on the removal from the ALR of about 300 acres in west Abbotsford for a new business park adjacent to Langley's Gloucester Industrial Estates.

"That will mean an additional 4,500 employment jobs," Braun told the audience of realtors and developers Thursday in Langley.

He said Abbotsford has seen a surge in demand for industrial development – the city is now weighing applications to build 550,000 square feet of new industrial floor space.

Incoming businesses tend to be in manufacturing or warehousing, Braun said, and are typically relocating from higher cost locations in Metro Vancouver.

Transit improvements urged

Mayors from Maple Ridge to Chilliwack told the forum they want to see transit improved for their residents, and have service better integrated between the TransLink system in Metro Vancouver and cities further east in the Valley.

Source: (posted Oct 9, 2015)


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