Guildford Town Centre - 104 Avenue Plan
Help us shape the future of Guildford Town Centre and the 104 Avenue Corridor.
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.
Thank you for taking part in our previous open houses, workshops and online surveys. A draft "stage 1" plan incorporating your feedback was forwarded to Council and approved on July 8, 2019. Staff are now engaged in "stage 2" of the planning process.
Council also directed us to expand the plan boundary to include the area around Riverside Heights Shopping Centre. We're asking for your help to plan for the revitalization of the shopping centre and adjacent commercial areas. The online survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
Stay tuned for additional opportunities to get involved as work advances on stage 2. Please contact us with any questions or comments at 104GuildfordPlan@surrey.ca.
The study area is centred on 104 Avenue and runs from the edge of City Centre (140 Street) to the Trans Canada Highway. The plan area boundary was extended in July 2019 to include two small areas: a short section of 104 Avenue near the 160 Street highway interchange and the Riverside commercial node along 108 Avenue. The study area includes distinct single family, multi-family and commercial areas.
Process & Timeline
Step 1: Getting Started
Work in Step 1 included:
- Conducting and compiling background research:
- Residential and commercial market demand assessment
- Environmental study
- Housing profile
- Area profile
- Drafting 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)
Review our Step 1 Engagement Summary.
Step 2: Exploring Options
Work in step 2 included:
- Identifying opportunities for environmental protection and ecosystem enhancement
- Developing land use and road network alternatives
Public and stakeholder engagement included:
- Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (March 1)
- Online survey (March 1 - 21)
Review our Step 2 Community Engagement Summary.
Step 3: Developing the Plan
Work in step 3 included:
- Developing draft land use, transportation, and parks and open space concepts
- Refining 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)
Review our 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:
- Online survey (April 25 - May 15, 2019)
- Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (May 6, 2019)
Overall Stage 1 Engagement Summary (steps 1-3)
Step 4: Refining the Plan
Following Council endorsement of the Stage 1 Plan, a comprehensive review of servicing requirements will be undertaken to ensure that the plan is achievable. Plan refinement will also include the development of associated implementation policies and measures.
Work will include:
- Examination of land uses in two Council-approved plan expansion areas
- Development of engineering servicing, parkland acquisition, community amenities, and financial strategies
- The preparation of development and urban design policies
An online survey related to the revitalization of the Riverside Heights Shopping Centre and adjacent commercial areas is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
Additional community consultation, including surveys and open houses, will be conducted related to the development of the Stage 2 plan. (Open houses will be subject to any public health orders in effect.) Details of future activities will be posted here as they are scheduled.
Step 5: Completing the Plan
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 (Winter 2021)
- Present plan to Council Committees (Winter/Spring 2021)
- Seek Council consideration (Spring 2021)
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.
Andrew Dong, Planning Analyst
Community Planning Division