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Surrey City Centre Plan

Surrey City Centre is in the midst of significant transformation. What was once a suburban town centre is developing into a walkable, transit-oriented downtown core. The City Centre Plan, endorsed by Council in 2017, will guide this process.

This transformation is being driven by a clear vision for the area. City Centre will be a vibrant downtown with distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character. Its growth will foster business, cultural and entertainment activity.

Building off its transit connections, City Centre will feature roads designed to promote safe walking and cycling. It will be green, with ample parks and plazas, fish bearing creeks, and spectacular views to the North Shore Mountains.

City Centre is already home to such landmarks as City Hall, City Centre Library, Simon Fraser University and Holland Park. Over the next decade careful planning will establish a downtown core where people want to live, work and play

Explore current development activity in Surrey City Centre.

Plan Area

The City Centre plan area is in North Surrey at the crossroads of major transit routes, King George Boulevard and Fraser Highway. It encompasses 542 hectares (1,341) acres, making it one of the largest core urban areas within Metro Vancouver. The boundaries extend from approximately 94 Ave in the south to 112 Ave in the north, and from 132nd Street to 140th Street, west to east.

Background Information

The first plan for the City Centre was completed in 1991. Key recommendations of the plan included a concentration of density at SkyTrain stations and the construction of a ring road system. It established the first vision for a compact downtown core.

Development after the adoption of the 1991 plan was sporadic and not always focused around SkyTrain. The resulting development pattern did not create a compact and identifiable City Centre. As a result, in 2003 the Whalley Enhancement Strategy and Urban Design Concept was developed. The goal was to further encourage growth and density around existing transportation and services.

In late 2006 Council endorsed Corporate Report R172 which directed staff to update the vision and plan for downtown Surrey. Over the next decade a comprehensive and phased planning process was undertaken. Staff reported back to Council on many occasions.

In January, 2017, Council endorsed Corporate Report R014 which approved the final City Centre Plan.

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