Development Application Review
See an overview of the review and referrals process for land development applications.
After you submit your Land Development Application, it will be reviewed by staff and may be referred to other internal and external groups for comment.
The application review process may include all or some of these steps, depending on your application type. The process may also require multiple discussions between you and the City of Surrey Planning Department team, and its duration will vary depending on how complex your application is.
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1. Review and revise your Application
Review and revision documents
The Surrey Land Development Team will identify if a land development application needs more information or revisions, including items listed on the Submission Requirements document. The developer will then hire consultants to provide the information or make the revisions to documents such as:
- Subdivision Layout
- Site plan
- Sustainable Development Checklist
- Building design and elevations
- Landscape Plans
- Tree Survey
- Arborist Report
- Character Study and Building Scheme (for single family developments)
Depending on the project, the developer may also be required to submit:
- Environmental Impact Study
- Geotechnical Report
- Traffic and/or Parking Study
- Heritage Conservation Plan
Special Committee and referral groups
Your application might also be reviewed and referred to different internal and external groups. You must hire the appropriate consultants (if necessary) and provide the necessary information for each group, before meeting deadlines. There are 3 different types of groups the Land Development Team might refer an application to:
- Internal Referral Groups: Eg, Land Development Engineering, Legal Services, Trees & Landscaping, Realty Services, Parks Planning, Fire Department
- Council-Appointed Groups: Eg, Advisory Design Panel (ADP), Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission (SHAC), Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee (AFSAC)
- External Referrals: Eg, Neighbourhood Associations, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, School District #36
2. Receive the Engineering Review
The Engineering Department does a review of Land Development Application. This Engineering Review outlines the developer's Engineering requirements for the development application.
The Land Development Engineering Division administers the municipal infrastructure servicing requirements necessary to support Land Development and Building Permit projects in Surrey.
3. Notify the community of your development
You must notify the community that a development application is in process and to give the public the opportunity to seek more information or to provide input on the proposed development. How you notify the community depends on your Development Application type:
A minimum of two weeks prior to the Regular Council – Land Use meeting, the Area Planner sends Pre-Notification Letters if the project includes one or more of the following:
- Land Use Contract (LUC) amendment
- Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) amendment
- Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment
- Temporary Use Permit (TUP)
Development Proposal Sign
The developer must install the Development Proposal Sign that follows the Development Proposal Sign Specifications if the project includes one or more of the following:
- Development Permits
- Land Use Contract (LUC) amendments and discharges
- Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) amendment
- Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment or Temporary Use Permits (TUP)
Signs must follow the Development Proposal Sign Specifications.
A photograph of each installed sign must be received by the Area Planner at least two weeks prior to the application being forwarded to Council for consideration or before the Approving Officer signs the Preliminary Layout Approval (PLA) letter.
Public Information Meeting
Developers may conduct public information meetings at the request of the City of Surrey or on their own initiative.
These meetings inform area residents about proposed developments. The meetings also let developers get feedback so issues and concerns can be identified and addressed early in the development approval process.
Follow the Public Information Meeting guidelines for developers Once you've held your meeting, provide the Area Planner with a detailed record of the meeting, including the public responses and any resulting project revisions.
4. Present your Land Development Application Planning Report to Council
The Developer and Area Planner work together to ensure that there are no outstanding items that need to be resolved. The Area Planner then prepares and forwards a Planning Report on the development application to Council at a Regular Council – Land Use meeting.
Learn about the conditional approval stage of the land development process.