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Downzoning Process

The downzoning process in Surrey is an area-wide rezoning process initiated by property owners. It is intended to preserve the existing residential character of the neighbourhood (such as mature tree cover and existing views) by reducing the neighbourhood’s maximum allowable building size, height and lot coverage.

Downzoning requests happen in 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: Pre-screening to start the process
  • Phase 2: Neighbourhood consultation
  • Phase 3: Council consideration of a proposed rezoning

Downzoning Guidelines

The following guidelines are for property owners who would like to make a downzoning request.

Boundary guidelines

Several elements should be considered when proposing a boundary for a downzoning proposal:

  • Specifically Defined Area
    • The petition area should have a contiguous and logically consistent boundary.
  • Same Zoning
    • Lots in the petition area should all have the same existing and proposed zoning.
  • Facing Lots
    • Lots that face each other along the same street should be included within the boundary area.
  • Major Roads
    • Major roads delineating neighbourhoods could be considered as boundary edges.
  • Topography
    • Changes in slope could be considered as natural boundary edges.
  • Parkland and Schools
    • Parkland and schools could define boundary edges.

Minimum number of lots

Consider including a minimum of 100 lots for a downzoning petition.

Levels of neighbourhood support

The following 3 categories have been established to help determine the level of neighbourhood support for a proposal:

  • Insufficient Neighbourhood Support (less than 50%)
    • If the level of support from the Phase 2 survey results is less than 50% of the total lots, the proposal will not proceed to Phase 3 of the Downzoning Process.
  • Moderate Neighbourhood Support (between 50 to 64%)
    • If the level of support from the Phase 2 survey results is between 50 to 64% of the total lots, staff will work with the proponents on further neighbourhood consultation before proceeding to Phase 3 of the Downzoning Process.
  • Sufficient Neighbourhood Support (65% or more)
    • If the level of support from the Phase 2 survey results is 65% or more of the total lots, the proposal will proceed to Phase 3 of the Downzoning Process.

Previous Downzoning Processes

Learn about previous downzoning processes:

Al Cleaver and Tom Hopkins Ravine Park Neighbourhood

Birdland Area Neighbourhood

Bolivar Park Neighbourhood and Extension Area

Cloverdale Slope

Crescent Park Annex Area

Kwomais Point Park Neighbourhood Area 1

Kwomais Point Park Neighbourhood Area 2

Royal Heights Park Neighbourhood

St. Helen's Park Neighbourhood

For more information on the downzoning process, contact Fay Wong, Associate Planner, at 604-591-4496 or fkwong@surrey.ca.