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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

A public open house will be held on February 28, 2019 to re-acquaint citizens with the Semiahmoo Town Centre planning process, get local perspectives, and help shape the plan for future growth.


Do you live, work or play in Semiahmoo? Learn more about how we're planning for growth. Help us shape the future of your downtown.

Take the Survey

The survey will be available from February 14 to March 7.

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 residents’ values and land use desires in the extension areas. Key issues were captured in a live graphic recording. Here is a summary of survey feedback from area residents.

    Your input will help shape the future of downtown Semiahmoo.

  • 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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