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Guildford Town Centre - 104 Avenue Plan

Guildford Town Centre

We are conducting a planning study for Guildford Town Centre and the 104 Avenue Corridor. This project will support the enhancement of this important commercial hub and surrounding areas.

The study will result in a land use and transportation plan to guide redevelopment. This will help us to achieve desired community objectives such as more green space and community facilities.

Get Involved

Help Us Shape the Future of the 104 Avenue Corridor & Guildford Town Centre

Thank you for taking part in the open house and online survey. A summary of the draft plan presented at the open house is available for you to review. Staff are now further refining the draft plan based on your feedback. Once ready, the (Stage 1) plan will be presented to Council for consideration and adoption.

Following this, we will begin Stage 2 of the plan which will include a review of the servicing requirements for the area. A financial strategy will also be prepared to ensure that new infrastructure, parks and community amenities are adequately funded. Stay tuned for additional engagement opportunities during Stage 2 of the plan.

Please contact us with any questions or comments at

Plan Area

The study area is centred on 104 Avenue and runs from the edge of City Centre (140 Street) to the Trans Canada Highway. The study area includes distinct single family, multi-family and commercial areas.

Process & Timeline

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  • Step 1: Getting Started expand
  • Spring - Winter 2017

    • Conduct and compile background research:
      • Market feasibility assessment
      • Environmental study
      • Housing profile
      • Area profile
      • Road network assessment
    • Draft the project Vision, Principles and Objectives

    Public and stakeholder engagement included:

    • "Pop up" engagement at Guildford Recreation Centre (September 25) and Guildford Town Centre (shopping centre) (September 30)
    • Online survey (September 25 to October 29)
    • Stakeholder workshops
      • TransLink and transit stakeholders (September 27)
      • Affordable housing and environmental community stakeholders (October 2)
      • Development, business and rental housing stakeholders (October 2)

    Step 1 Engagement Summary

  • Step 2: Exploring Options expand
  • Winter - Spring 2018

    • Identify opportunities for environmental protection and ecosystem enhancement
    • Develop land use and road network alternatives
    • Assess the community's needs with respect to amenities and facilities
    • Develop urban design guidelines

    Public and stakeholder engagement included:

    • Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (March 1)
    • Online survey (March 1 - 21)

    Step 2 Community Engagement Summary

  • Step 3: Developing the Plan expand
  • Spring 2018 - Spring 2019

    • Develop a draft land use and transportation concept
    • Refine development, transportation and urban design policies

    Public and stakeholder engagement in the spring of 2018 included:

    • Online survey (May 7 - 30, 2018)
    • Focused stakeholder workshop at Guildford Recreation Centre (May 28, 2018)
    • Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (May 29, 2018)

    Step 3 Community Engagement Summary (2018)

    In November 2018, Council suspended the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project. As a result, a review of the draft plan and additional community consultation was required. Public and stakeholder engagement in the spring of 2019 included:

    Additional opportunities for community consultation will also be available as we transition into the Stage 2 process (Refining the Plan).

  • Step 4: Refining the Plan expand
  • Following Council endorsement of the Stage 1 Plan, a comprehensive review of servicing requirements will be undertaken, including a drainage, sanitary and water review, as well as a financial strategy to ensure all aspects of the plan are achievable. A review of the draft Stage 1 land use plan will also be undertaken, concurrent with servicing and financial analysis.  

    An additional stage of community consultation, including open houses and surveys, will be offered related to the development of the Stage 2 plan.

  • Step 5: Completing the Plan expand
  • Once the Plan is ready, following additional community consultation, staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) plan.

    • Finalize plan document (Fall 2020)
    • Present plan to Council Committees (Fall/Winter 2020)
    • Seek Council consideration (Winter 2020)

Background Information

Guildford Town Centre has not had a current land use plan for many years. Older plans identified Whalley and Guildford as two commercial nodes book-ending 104 Avenue. However, once SkyTrain arrived in Surrey in 1994, development interest has favoured Whalley. That part of Whalley, now known as Surrey City Centre, is now the second metropolitan centre of the region.

In spite of this, Guildford has remained an important urban centre and regional shopping destination. In 2016 Council recognized the need for a land use plan to guide development in Guildford. On June 22, Council authorized staff to undertake a planning process for Guildford Town Centre and the 104 Avenue Corridor. See Corporate Report R159. On October 20, Council endorsed the terms of reference for the planning study. See Corporate Report R230.

Contact Information

Andrew Dong, Planning Analyst
Community Planning Division
Phone: 604-591-4195

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