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Biodiversity Design Guidelines




Biodiversity Design Guidelines (BDGs)


Request for Expressions of Interest and Statements of Qualifications

The City is seeking Submissions to pre-qualify interested Respondents to provide professional services to support the implementation of the City’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (“BCS”), specifically the development of Biodiversity Design Guidelines (“BDGs”) for the City.

Since being endorsed in 2014, the City’s BCS ( has provided a roadmap for protecting and maintaining the City’s Green Infrastructure Network (“GIN”), and the species and ecological services that depend on it. Core components of the BCS include:

  1. The designation of distinct management areas based on local land use and land cover conditions and features;
  2. Indicator species from a broad range of taxa; and
  3. Recommended performance indicators to measure the progress of implementation and effectiveness over time.

The BDGs will support and complement other City design guidelines (e.g. the Sensitive Environmental Development Permit Areas Guidelines, Tree Bylaw, Engineering Design and Construction Terms of Reference documents) as well as complement commitments and objectives in other strategies and policies such as the Sustainability Charter and Climate Change Strategy.

The successful Respondent will deliver a comprehensive set of BDGs in module format. Each module will cover an aspect or key theme of biodiversity design (e.g. green roofs/walls, pollinator enhancement, wildlife crossings, wildlife habitat structures, lighting) relevant to the City’s unique and diverse landscape. Each module will be accompanied by various design templates.

The following Services describes the project as it is currently envisioned:

  1. Bi-weekly meetings with project management staff;
  2. Conduct research (e.g. literature review, review of BDGs from other jurisdictions);
  3. Analyze other tools, design guidelines and approaches developed for biodiversity conservation in other jurisdictions (e.g. Toronto, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, England, Ireland, Australia), and additional resources and case studies provided by City staff;
  4. Compile local site examples and case studies showing how the BDGs can be applied in the City of Surrey context;
  5. Design modules/graphics in digital format (including info-graphics) that can be easily transferred and employed for future use in an online interactive decision support tool;
  6. Identified interim review benchmarks to allow for review of draft biodiversity design guideline content; and
  7. Consultation and workshops with staff/stakeholders to facilitate input from users and potential audiences.

The Respondent’s team should be made up of professionals with the following backgrounds:

  1. Landscape Architecture;
  2. Registered Professional Biologist;
  3. Ecosystem Planner;
  4. Green Infrastructure Design; and
  5. Graphic Designer/Visualization Specialist.

RFEOI/SOQ document for download:
Biodiversity Design Guidelines (BDGs) (.pdf)
Schedule B - Form of Submission (.doc)

Addendum No. 1 (.pdf)
Issue Date: November 14, 2019

If the City determines that an amendment is required to this RFEOI/SOQ, the City Representative will issue a written addendum by posting it on the BC Bid Website at (the “BC Bid Website”) and the City Website at (the “City Website”) that will form part of this RFEOI/SOQ.  No amendment of any kind to the RFEOI/SOQ is effective unless it is posted in a formal written addendum on the City Website.  Upon submitting a Submission, Respondents will be deemed to have received notice of all addenda that are posted on the City Website.

All inquiries related to this RFEOI/SOQ should be directed, by email, to the person named below.

Closing Date:

Prefer to receive Submissions on or before November 19, 2019


Richard Oppelt
Manager, Procurement Services
Finance Department
Tel: (604) 590-7274


Shortlisted have been notified.



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