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Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan

Semiahmoo Town Centre

A land use plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre is being developed to serve as a guide for future planning and development in the area. The Plan will provide clear direction for future land uses and density, road network, urban design, parks and community amenities, and engineering infrastructure.

Considerable work has been completed to date, reflected in the 2012 Interim Land Use Plan endorsed by Council. We are now working on a final (Stage 2) plan based on the approved concept. Stage 2 includes the completion of engineering servicing, transportation, and financing strategies, detailed urban design guidelines, and a strategy for providing community amenities. This process will also refine the land use concept to include two plan expansion areas, as directed by Council. We are now undertaking preliminary planning for these expansion areas. 

Get Involved

Share your feedback and learn more about the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan

Thanks to everyone who attended the neighbourhood visioning workshops on July 12, 2018. Participants identified common values and explored ideas for future land uses in the proposed north and south plan extension areas. A graphic illustrator was also on hand to capture the discussion visually.

Based on the input received at these workshops, we’ve put together a list of values and ideas for the future of these neighbourhoods. Please complete the follow-up survey and help confirm and prioritize the biggest ideas from the workshops.  

Plan Extension Area Survey

Input from the recent workshops and current survey will be used to prepare land use options for consideration at an upcoming open house. The aim of this process will be to better understand potential future land uses, as well as considerations for transportation improvements, parks and open spaces, and engineering servicing in the plan expansion areas. It will allow for additional refinement of the existing interim Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan.

Plan Area

In May 2012 Council endorsed Corporate Report R118 and directed staff to expand the plan area and more comprehensively plan the surrounding area. The expansion allows for better planning along a key frequent transit route (152nd Street) and consideration of future plans around Peace Arch Hospital. The resulting boundaries extend from 16 Ave (North Bluff Rd) in the south to 24 Ave in the north, and from around Martin Drive in the west to Earl Marriott Secondary School in the East. In total, the study area encompasses about 136 hectares (336 acres).

Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan Plan Area

Planning Process

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  • Step 1: Getting Started expand
  • Step 1: Getting Started

    July, 2004, Council directed staff to proceed with a land use planning process for Semiahmoo Town Centre. Following Council authorization to proceed, staff began preliminary planning and analysis of the area and made preparations for community engagement.

  • Step 2: Exploring Options expand
  • Step 2: Exploring Options

    Starting in 2005, an initial round of community engagement was hosted to gather input and develop options for the Plan, including an open house, workshops and a community survey. The aim was to explore options and work towards a draft land use and urban design concept and servicing strategy,

    During this time the project team also met with businesses and community stakeholders and checked back with residents to ensure early concepts were reflective of community input.

  • Step 3: Developing the Plan expand
  • Step 3: Developing the Plan

    In 2006, following a review of initial input, a second round of community engagement was hosted, including a second open house and a community survey. The aim was to gather additional input and feedback and develop a draft land use plan and servicing strategy,

    On September 25, 2006, following two rounds of initial community engagement, Council approved the Stage 1 component (Land Use Concept) of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan. At this time Council also authorized staff to proceed with the Stage 2 component of the Plan, including more detailed land use planning, the development of an engineering servicing strategy and a comprehensive financial plan (Corporate Report No. C018).

  • Step 4: Refining the Plan expand
  • Step 4: Refining the Plan

    Following Council endorsement of the Stage 1 Plan a comprehensive review of servicing requirements was undertaken, including a drainage, sanitary and water review. Traffic modeling and a transit study of the area were also undertaken and used to provide important context for the Plan. 

    In February, 2009, Council received an update on work completed to date and directed staff to conduct further public consultation related to the development of the Stage 2 Plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre.

    A comprehensive planning process was undertaken, starting with a number of community workshops. Residents, businesses and community stakeholders were invited to explore land use, density and other plan components, and provided input to help refine of the plan. Workshop content included:

    Following the workshops, public open houses were hosted over 2 days in April, 2009, to reflect on work completed to-date and to discuss and provide input on the working concepts.

    In May 2012, Council approved an interim plan to guide development in the area, based off work and community consultation conducted to-date. Council also directed staff to expand the plan area boundary into two additional neighbourhoods (north and southeast) to allow for better planning along a key frequent transit route (152nd Street) and to consider the future plans for the area around Peach Arch Hospital.

    In July, 2018, two neighbourhood visioning workshops were held with the goal of identifying common values and to explore ideas for future land uses in the proposed north and southeast plan extension areas. A graphic illustrator was also on hand to capture the discussion visually. 

    Input from the 2018 workshops and survey will be used to prepare land use options for consideration at an upcoming open house. The aim of this process will be to better understand potential future land uses, as well as considerations for transportation improvements, parks and open spaces, and engineering servicing in the plan expansion areas. It will allow for additional refinement of the existing interim Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan.

  • Step 5: Completing the Plan expand
  • Step 5: Completing the Plan

    Once the Plan is ready, following additional community consultation, staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan. 

Background Information

Considerable planning and background work has been undertaken to date, from which the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan has been developed.

In June, 2004, Council endorsed Corporate Report R170 which initiated a planning process for the Semiahmoo Town Centre, with the intent to update the original 1993 Semiahmoo Town Centre Concept Plan.

In September, 2006, following an initial phase of community consultation, Council endorsed Corporate Report C018 which approved the Stage 1 component (Land Use Concept) of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan and authorized staff to proceed with the Stage 2 component of the Plan.

In February, 2009, Council received Corporate Report R016 which provided an update on work completed to-date and directed staff to conduct further public consultation related to the development of the Stage 2 Plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre.

In May 2012, Council received Corporate Report R118 which provided an additional update on work completed and approved an interim Stage 2 Plan to guide development in the area. The interim plan includes details on land use and density, transportation, building heights, parks and community amenities.​ 

The Council update also authorized the review and extension of the plan boundaries. Since the approval of Stage 1 of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan in 2006, the planning context in the area has changed significantly. Redevelopment plans for the Semiahmoo Mall site have changed by virtue of the sale of the property, transit considerations have changed following the Surrey Rapid Transit Study, and the City of White Rock has undertaken land use planning that has resulted in changes to density and building heights south of 16th Avenue. These changes call for reconsideration of particular elements of the Plan and expansion of the study area, along with a re-engagement with the community. The interim Stage 2 Plan allows for the consideration of development applications in the Plan area as the Stage 2 Plan is revisited and finalized.

Contact Information

Steve MacIntyre, Planner
Planning & Development Department
Phone: 604-592-2640
STCplan@surrey.ca

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