View the latest information about the Fleetwood Plan Update.
We have started a multi-year process to create a new community plan for Fleetwood to guide where people, paths, parks, roads and buildings will go.
This new plan will help us understand what Fleetwood will look like in the future. As SkyTrain extends along Fraser Highway, it will help us plan for growth.
Thank you to the more than 1,600 people who took part in our latest Spring 2020 Fleetwood Plan online survey. Staff are reviewing the survey responses received and will report back on the findings later this Summer.
Check back shortly for additional engagement opportunities anticipated for later this summer and fall as we explore growth options.
We have completed Step 1 (Getting Started) of the planning process. Review a summary of what we heard during that time. We are now in Step 2 (Exploring Options) of the Planning Process, and will be reporting back the results of our Spring 2020 online survey, and generating growth options.
The Fleetwood Plan Area measures approximately 858 hectares (2,118 acres) stretching form Green Timbers Urban Forest in the west towards the Agricultural Land Reserve in the east. The Plan area includes the Fleetwood Town Centre and West Fleetwood neighbourhoods. As the planning process evolves, and additional community input is received, the Plan Area boundary may be adjusted and divided into two unique subplans.
Process & Timeline
Summer 2019 to Early 2020
Step 1 involves preliminary planning and engagement and sets the stage for a comprehensive planning process.
The planning process began in early summer with the preparation of background studies. This is typical with all City land use planning processes. Studies provide background and analysis necessary for land use planning. In this case, they also provided important information to support the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Business Case.
Background studies were initiated July 2019. They are comprehensive and usually undertaken by professional consultants. This usually means they take some time to ensure accurate and full information. The following background studies are either underway or have been completed within the Fraser Highway SkyTrain corridor:
- Market Study: A review of development opportunity and analysis of market demand for residential and commercial land uses. It also includes estimates and projections of absorption rates of new development.
Fraser Highway Skytrain Corridor (Market Supply and Demand Study)
- Environmental Study: An assessment of riparian, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, as well as vegetation and significant tree canopy. This highlights areas of environmental sensitivity for consideration in land use planning.
Fraser Highway Environmental Assessment
- Heritage Study: An inventory and assessment of key heritage buildings, trees and other features. It will also include a literature and archival scan of the Corridor. This will highlight areas and features of heritage significance for consideration in land use planning.
- Growth Forecasts: Preliminary population and employment forecasts will generate data for the SLS Business Case submission. This is part of the requirements to advance the SkyTrain project.
We hosted a preliminary open house on November 13, 2019. It was accompanied by an online survey. Information from the open house and survey will help start developing a vision for the future of Fleetwood.
Spring 2020 to Summer 2020
Starting in spring 2020 we will begin exploring options. The objectives will be to:
- Build awareness and a vision for Fleetwood
- Gather public input on key objectives & report back
- Confirm plan boundaries
- Tackle big challenges; and
- Explore growth options
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City will be focusing on virtual engagement through this step in the planning process. This may involve online surveys, virtual stakeholder meetings, online workshops and a social media campaign. Work during this step includes:
- Developing a Vision and Plan Objectives.
- Generating a Growth Concept
- Exploring opportunities for new parks, schools, and other community amenities.
Look for future community engagement opportunities during this step in keeping with social distancing parameters. We will also remain available for direct telephone or email communications through the contact at the bottom of the page
Fall 2020 to Spring 2021
Once land use options have been explored and a preferred direction has emerged, we will being developing a draft plan. This step will involve comprehensive community engagement to help review and provide input. During this step we will work with the community to develop the following draft plan components:
- Land Use Concept
To illustrate potential building density, height and uses across the plan area.
- Transportation Concept
To illustrate the future road network, as well as proposed walking, cycling and transit infrastructure.
- Parks and Open Space Concept
To illustrate the location of future parks, plazas, open space and natural areas.
These three concepts typically make up the main parts of the draft plan. This step concludes with Council endorsement of the draft (Stage 1) plan. After that we continue to work on refining the plan through Step 4.
Step 4: Refining the Plan
Once Council has endorsed a draft (Stage 1) land use plan, staff will undertake the final (Stage 2) planning process. This process will include:
- Detailed engineering and financial analysis
- Refinements to land uses
- Community benefit planning
- Development of urban design guidelines
Stage 2 work will also include more opportunities for community engagement.
Once the Plan is ready staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) Fleetwood Plan. This step includes:
- Writing and editing the plan document
- Presenting the plan to Council for review
- Final plan endorsement from Council
In December 2000, Council endorsed Corporate Report C016, which approved the original Fleetwood Town Centre Plan. The original Plan provided direction for land use, development, design, transportation and utility improvements.
In February, 2014, Council endorsed Corporate Report R035 and directed staff to update the Fleetwood Town Centre Plan. Early planning and engagement assumed future Light Rail Transit (LRT) along Fraser Highway. Following the completion of background studies, staff initiated a preliminary community engagement process which included stakeholder meetings, surveys and an open house:
Input from preliminary engagement supported the development of a draft plan. Staff offered more community engagement through 2015 and 2016, including workshops, surveys and a second open house:
Input gathered from the second phase of public engagement helped refine a Stage 1 (draft) land use plan. In July, 2016 Council endorsed Corporate Report R187 which approved the updated Stage 1 land use plan.
A Change in Plans
On November 5, 2018 Council passed Resolution R18-2088 which directed staff to immediately start working on a Fraser Highway SkyTrain extension. The following month the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation (the “Mayors’ Council”) endorsed the project. This formalized an extension of the Expo Line SkyTrain through Fleetwood.
On April 1, 2019, Council endorsed Corporate Report R059 which authorized staff to begin planning for SkyTrain along the Fraser Highway SkyTrain Corridor, with a priority on Fleetwood. Based on this new direction, and the change in rapid transit technology, we are revisiting existing plans to create a more comprehensive transit-supportive plan for Fleetwood.
On February 10, 2020, Council endorsed Corporate Report R016, and approved the Surrey-Langley Skytrain Project Supportive Policies Agreement.
Fleetwood Plan Update
On February 10, 2020, Council endorsed Corporate Report R023, and approved the Fleetwood Plan Area Boundary, Communications and Engagment Strategy, and Interim Surrey-Langley SkyTrain Development Contribution Expectations Policy.
Markus Kischnick, Community Planner
Planning & Development Department