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High rise apartments, offices and parks in Surrey City Centre's emerging downtown

We're Updating the City Centre Plan

Surrey City Centre is undergoing a bold transformation from a suburban downtown into an energetic metropolitan centre. To guide this growth, we are updating the City Centre Plan. This includes:

  • Creating a new Central Business District
  • Planning around the future SkyTrain station at Fraser Highway and 140 Street
  • Exploring growth options in the Bolivar Heights neighbourhood

The long term vision for the area includes a vibrant, walkable downtown that is well connected to transit. The area will be a magnet for high density residential growth as well as being a major employment and cultural destination.

Public Consultation

In the spring we conducted two surveys related to the plan update. The results of our consultation are summarized in the Step 1 Engagement Summary. Please review the results and continue to be involved by asking a question below or participating in the quick poll. Learn more about the project by checking out the documents section of the page.

High rise apartments, offices and parks in Surrey City Centre's emerging downtown

We're Updating the City Centre Plan

Surrey City Centre is undergoing a bold transformation from a suburban downtown into an energetic metropolitan centre. To guide this growth, we are updating the City Centre Plan. This includes:

  • Creating a new Central Business District
  • Planning around the future SkyTrain station at Fraser Highway and 140 Street
  • Exploring growth options in the Bolivar Heights neighbourhood

The long term vision for the area includes a vibrant, walkable downtown that is well connected to transit. The area will be a magnet for high density residential growth as well as being a major employment and cultural destination.

Public Consultation

In the spring we conducted two surveys related to the plan update. The results of our consultation are summarized in the Step 1 Engagement Summary. Please review the results and continue to be involved by asking a question below or participating in the quick poll. Learn more about the project by checking out the documents section of the page.

Ask your question here

Do you have a question about the City Centre Plan Update or the planning process? We would be happy to respond to your question and will get back to you within a week.

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    What’s the timeframe for the completion of these new parks, when will we be able to enjoy them???

    Dino asked 3 months ago

    Hello Dino,

    Often when providing new parks, the City must first acquire land that is within private ownership. As a result, the timeline for delivering parks is largely tied to the plans of individual property owners since the City will not expropriate land for parks. Unfortunately, this means that in some cases it may take several years for a new park to be completed. On the bright side, the City has already begun to assemble properties for the planned park along Grosvenor Road.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

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    Are there any plans on rezoning single family homes (RF) to multifamily along 112th avenue? Thanks

    IS asked 3 months ago

    Hello IS,

    Thanks for your question. Through the plan update, we will determine the form of development that is appropriate for the Bolivar Heights neighbourhood. This will likely include a range of housing types including low rise apartments and townhouses, but potentially also the retention of some single family and duplex housing. Where each housing type will be permitted will be determined in consultation with the community in the coming months. Once these "land uses" are established in the plan, rezoning may occur through individual development applications on a site-by-site basis. It typically takes many years for an area to be entirely rezoned and redeveloped.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

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    Why are we not replacing the rec center? There is already very llittle services available for the community in this high density area. This is a community where the public have to leave the area for services.

    Dave asked 3 months ago

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you for your question.

    There are plans to create a City Centre Sports Complex to meet the growing recreation needs in the City Centre and North Surrey area. This will be accomplished through the expansion of the existing Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. A firm has been selected to design and manage the construction of the first phase of the project which is expected to be completed in 2024-25. More information will become available as the City and its consultants initiate public consultation for the project.

    Best regards,
    Andrew


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    What’s the plan with the area around 139 and tallon place area. This was recently added in the plan because of the sky train. Is there a time frame for what will be there

    Ssjessica asked 4 months ago

    Hi Ssjessica,

    Thank you for your question.  

    The area south of 96 Ave, between 138 St and 140 St, and north of 93A Ave was recently added as an extension area to the Green Timbers District of the City Centre Plan.  Due to its close proximity to the future SkyTrain station at Fraser Hwy and 140 St, which was approved after the City Centre Plan was approved in 2017, the extension area was added to plan for this area which is within walking distance of the station.  

    Highest densities are often found adjacent to SkyTrain stations.  However, there are existing moderate density apartments surrounding the future station.  Some of these are relatively new and most short-term opportunities for growth in this area are farther from the station.  Based on this, we will explore primarily moderate densities for the extension area.

    Growth will also provide a range of housing types in the neighbourhood. This will encourage housing diversity which is one of the plan’s guiding principles.

    Today, there is very little commercial in Green Timbers. Residents need to leave the neighbourhood to go grocery shopping or get a coffee.  This is particularly true for residents living south of Fraser Highway.  As part of the plan update, we want to ensure all residents are within walking distance of their daily needs.  To do this, we will consider allowing commercial space for local shops and services in Green Timbers.  This could be done through a mixed use node (shops on the ground floor with apartments above) near the future station, or by creating a small neighbourhood commercial centre at the intersection of 96 Ave and 140 St, or by improving connections to commercial areas near the hospital and along King George Blvd.

    As the Green Timbers neighbourhood grows, there will be an opportunity to add even more park space particularly in the area south of 96 Avenue.

    We are currently reviewing the feedback from the recent survey and are preparing draft land use options.  For the remaining Spring to Fall 2021, we will be developing a draft land use plan, with a draft update to the City Centre Plan anticipated in Fall 2021.  The plan will then be refined and the public will be consulted to confirm and finalize proposals before a final plan document is brought to Council in Fall 2022.

    Please check this website for regular updates.

    Best regards,

    Fay

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    When you guys say you are early in the planning process for the Bolivar Heights District what does that actually mean? Like when you say possibly changing the density does that mean more development of apartments townhouses high rise low towers etc. And I take it more commercial space? Just curious because of Bolivar Heights seems to be a lot of bigger lots with big homes on it so I'm just wondering if it's going to substantially change area thank you. - local of Bolivar Hieghts

    Ivar Nilsen asked 4 months ago

    Hi Ivar,

    Thank you for your question.

    The existing City Centre Plan, which was approved in 2017, envisions the Bolivar Heights District as a mostly single family neighbourhood with some low rise apartments along portions of 108 Ave and along Hilton Rd.  

    However, since the Plan was approved, development interest in the area has increased. There are several active development applications in and around the Bolivar Heights District, including a few that propose changes to the plan.  For example, there are currently development applications that are proposing 5-6 storey apartment buildings along Grosvenor Rd, as well as at the northwest corner of Hilton Rd and Bentley Rd, and at the northwest corner of 108 Ave and 140 St.  There is also a high rise and low rise proposal adjacent to the Bolivar Heights District along King George Blvd and Bolivar Rd.  Considering these development applications, it is likely that the density will increase in the Bolivar Heights District, although not to the scale of the Central Business District and surrounding districts/neighbourhoods.  Higher densities in the City Centre Plan will be focused around SkyTrain stations and along major transportation corridors.

    In the Bolivar Heights District, as development occurs, its character will change.  It will shift from a single family neighbourhood to a denser neighborhood with different types of homes and pockets of commercial. With this growth, there will be an opportunity to add new amenities such as paths, parks, and local shopping.  Updating the land uses in the Bolivar Heights District (as part of the City Centre Plan review) will ensure cohesive development.

    We are currently reviewing the feedback from the recent survey and are preparing draft land use options.  For the remaining Spring to Fall 2021, we will be developing a draft land use plan, with a draft update to the City Centre Plan anticipated in Fall 2021.  The plan will then be refined and the public will be consulted to confirm and finalize proposals before a final plan document is brought to Council in Fall 2022. 

    Please check this website for regular updates.

    Best regards,

    Fay 

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    What is going to happen to the North Surrey Recreation site? My suggestion is another pool/recreation centre with no ice rings (we really need it) on bottom and high rise rental apartments above so we don’t lose the land. We could even put a restaurant on top floor (revolving?).

    Kathleen Johnston asked 5 months ago

    Hello Kathleen,

    Thank you for your question. There are plans to expand the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre to provide additional recreational facilities to serve City Centre residents. The former North Surrey Recreation Centre site (Centre Block) is reserved for future commercial redevelopment. Once redeveloped, the site will play an important role in the City's plans to create a Central Business District, offering significant employment and institutional space in the heart of City Centre.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

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    Hello, What kind of park are you planning behind Surrey Memorial Hospital Where Quibble Creek runs?

    Lynn Pete asked 5 months ago

    Hello Lynn,

    Thank you for your question.

    The area along Quibble Creek behind Surrey Memorial Hospital is just one option we are considering for a new park in the Green Timbers neighbourhood. If located there, it would include a riparian setback for the protection of the creek as well as a separate area for typical neighbourhood park features such as paths, seating or playgrounds.

    Best regards,
    Andrew


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    I live in bolivar heights. I can’t see anything on here talking about plans for my area. What exactly are you planning to do here?

    Jk asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jk, 

    Thank you for your question.   

    We are early in the planning process for the Bolivar Heights District, so we don’t have a land use plan for the area, yet.  At this stage, we are developing the plan.  If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to complete the online survey (Residential Survey – Bolivar Heights & Green Timbers Districts) to provide your input which will help us develop the plan for the Bolivar Heights District.  The survey is available at https://engage.surrey.ca/city-centre-plan/survey_tools/residential-survey.  

    Over the course of the Spring to Fall, we will be developing a draft land use plan, updating the land uses in the Bolivar Heights District, as well as in the Green Timbers District and in the City Centre’s Central Business District.  A draft update to the City Centre Plan is anticipated to be brought to Council this Fall 2021.  The plan will then be refined and the public will be consulted to confirm and finalize proposals before a final plan document is brought to Council in Fall 2022.

    Best regards,

    Fay

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    Would the city be interested in allowing developers to build more street level commercial space? Such as in Bolivar heights if the focus is on turning the area into low to mid rise buildings there should be coffee shops, bakeries, little restaurants etc on the street level down the main corridor of Grosvenor RD. Would make the area more walk-able and safer with the businesses on the street level. Give it a Fort Langley / Steveston Village feel.

    Amrik Chatha asked 5 months ago

    Hi Amrik,

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, commercial and retail at street level will be encouraged in mixed-use developments in key areas to provide convenient access to shops and services, while promoting pedestrian activity, vibrancy, and safety through “eyes on the street”.  

    We are in the early stages of preparing land use options for the Bolivar Heights District.  As Bolivar Heights shifts from a single family neighbourhood to a denser neighbourhood with different types of homes and pockets of commercial, one of the options is to have mixed-use designations in key areas. In areas where mixed-use designations may be considered, developments such as low rise and mid rise will have commercial and retail on the ground level and apartments above.  This will create street ambience and activity.  

    Pockets of mixed use or commercial under consideration include: expanding the mixed-use node at King George Boulevard and 108 Avenue, extending mixed-use along 108 Avenue, extending mixed-use along King George Boulevard, creating a single central Bolivar Heights neighbourhood centre, and/or creating two smaller neighbourhood centres (one on 136 Street, another on Grosvenor Road). 

    Best regards,

    Fay

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    I don't want to be squeezed out of my home because of what is going on around. My friends are here and my social life is here. What protection is there for me and others in my situation - a three bedroom house with a yard, no strata fees, and 45 years in the area?

    I don't know what a screen name is asked 6 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question.

    The City Centre Plan provides a long-term vision for growth in the area. This means that development will occur over many years - in some areas sooner and in others later. This is largely at the control of the market. In recent years we have seen significant growth, primarily around SkyTrain stations and other central locations. Development in single family neighbourhoods has been more gradual.

    Even so, single family neighbourhoods are also likely to see some development pressure and the area may experience some change. However, property owners are not required to sell and leave the neighbourhood. As a property owner, you are in control of when and if you choose to sell your home.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

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