Learn about the different divisions that make up the Planning & Development Department.

Department Overview

The Planning & Development Department consists of several divisions that advise City Council on the orderly development of the City by preparing land use plans, bylaws and policies.

Our department includes the following divisions:

    Responsible for reviewing applications for proposed land development projects in the communities of City Centre, Whalley, Guildford, Fleetwood and Cloverdale.

    This review typically involves a detailed analysis of how the proposal fits Official Community Plan policies and applicable secondary land use plans, including Neighbourhood Concept Plans. 

    This division also implements Council-adopted land use and development bylaws and policies.

    Area Planning & Development, North Manager
    Ron Gill

    Responsible for reviewing applications for proposed land development projects in the communities of South Surrey and Newton.

    This review typically involves a detailed analysis of how the proposal fits Official Community Plan policies and applicable secondary land use plans, including Neighbourhood Concept Plans. 

    This division also implements Council-adopted land use and development bylaws and policies.

    Area Planning & Development, South Manager
    Shawn Low

    Responsible for implementing Council-adopted bylaws and policies through commercial and residential building plan reviews, and the administration of building, electrical, plumbing, and tree removal permits and inspection services.

    The building division ensures buildings constructed in the City conform to the requirements of the British Columbia Building Code, Zoning and Building By-laws, Land Use Contracts, and Development Permits, and are safe for their intended purpose.

    Building Manager
    Rémi Dubé

    Responsible for providing customer service through filing registry inquiries and responding to comfort letter requests.

    Other areas of administrative support include budget preparation and control, word processing services, time keeping, accounting and process automation in support of the Department.

    Business Transformation Manager
    Jerome Thibaudeau

    Responsible for providing leadership and support for all aspects of advance planning, research, design and construction of new civic facilities.

    This includes concept development, planning, design and construction of new buildings, redevelopment and modification of existing buildings, and an ongoing preventative maintenance program for civic facilities.

    Responsible for forming long-term planning policies and strategies to guide future growth in the City. Major programs include the City's Official Community Plan, Neighbourhood Concept Plans, Social Planning, Heritage Planning, Agricultural and Food Policy, Environmental Policy, building inventory and statistics as well as demographic and employment forecasting.

    For more information on Surrey's Planning and Development processes, refer to the City's Land Use Plans and Land Development Process.

    Community Planning Manager
    Preet Heer

    Contacts

    See contacts for our most-requested inquiries, submit through our general contact form, or call 604-591-4441.

    General Manager
    Jeff Arason