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Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan

Semiahmoo Town Centre

We’re updating the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan. The Plan will guide future growth and development in downtown Semiahmoo.

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Open House & Survey

Over 300 people attended a public open house on February 28, 2019. The meeting provided information about the Semiahmoo Town Centre planning process, and helped City staff learn more about local perspectives. Here are the open house display boards.

More than 500 people completed our online survey between February 14 and March 8. The survey asked for citizen input on a range of growth-related challenges in the Town Centre. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts! Here are the survey results.

Staff will use feedback from the open house and survey to shape a draft land use concept which will be presented in another open house later this spring or early summer.

Plan Area

The plan area extends from 16 Avenue (North Bluff Road) in the south to 24 Avenue in the north, and from around Martin Drive in the west to Earl Marriott Secondary School in the east. The total study area includes 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

    In July, 2004, Council authorized staff to review and update the 1993 Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan (Corporate Report). The update was driven by rapid growth and changing market conditions.

    Staff conducted background studies to gain a better understanding of area needs and opportunities.

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

    In November of 2005, staff took their early research findings to the public. An initial open house shared residential and commercial growth projections. Stakeholders were asked to comment on housing and transportation options to meet future needs.

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

    Staff presented land use and design options at the second open house in 2006. A concentrated densification approach was suggested to promote continued vibrancy in the area.

    On September 25, 2006 Council approved a Stage 1 Land Use Concept and authorized staff to proceed with the Stage 2 component of the Plan. The Stage 1 Plan provides a general basis for more detailed planning in Stage 2 (Corporate Report No. C018).

    Staff conducted a comprehensive review of servicing requirements following approval of the Land Use Concept. In February, 2009, Corporate Report R016 updated Council on work completed to date. Council directed staff to conduct further public consultation. Stakeholder workshops included the following presentation materials:

    April 2009 open houses featured display boards showing work completed to date. 

    In May 2012, Council approved an Interim Land Use Plan to guide development in the area. Council directed staff to expand the plan boundary. Extensions include a future rapid transit corridor along 152 Street and a potential medical district along 16 Avenue.

    In July, 2018, workshops identified extension area residents’ values and developed ideas for land use to support future growth. Key issues were captured in a live graphic recording. Here is a summary of survey feedback from area residents.

    A public open house was held on February 28, 2019 to inform all stakeholders about the updated planning process. Feedback received at the meeting and in a concurrent survey will be used to shape a comprehensive draft land use concept, which will be presented to the public in late spring or early summer.

    Following public review and feedback on a draft land use concept in late Spring, 2019, staff will forward the plan (Stage 1) to Council for consideration. An engineering servicing plan (Stage 2) will follow, after which development applications that conform to the plan may be considered by Council.

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

    Staff will revise the land use plan as needed to account for more detailed engineering analysis.

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

    Staff will forward a revised Land Use Plan (Stage 1) to Council for approval prior to completing the final (Stage 2) Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan.

Background Information

The 1993 Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan coordinated pedestrian-oriented development in the community centre. A plan update was initiated in 2004 to address changing conditions. Ongoing studies and stakeholder meetings led to the adoption of a 2012 interim plan.

The interim plan allows development applications to proceed while plans are revisited and finalized.

Contact Information

Steve MacIntyre, Planner
Planning & Development Department
Phone: 604-592-2640

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