Refining the Vision and Principles for the City Centre Plan

The community helped shape the vision and principles of the original City Centre Plan, which was approved in 2017. In Spring 2021, we kicked off an update to the Plan. As part of this work the the vision and principles were revisited. Participants were asked in a survey if they would change anything about the vision and principles. Suggestions varied, but a few key themes emerged:

  • Foster a sense of safety in neighbourhoods.
  • Ensure adequate and affordable housing options.
  • Create walkable neighbourhoods.
  • Provide more parks and open space.

To reflect these suggestions, the Vision and Principles have been revised as follows:


Surrey City Centre will be the region’s second metropolitan centre and the downtown for the Fraser Valley. Regionally connected by rapid transit, City Centre will support walking, cycling, and transit. City Centre will be many things: a major employment, institutional, and commercial centre; a collection of safe, vibrant, high density neighbourhoods; and a hub of cultural and entertainment activity. City Centre will be renowned as a ‘green’ downtown served by parks, plazas, greenways, planted boulevards, and fish-bearing creeks.


  • Build Density & Mixed Use
  • Encourage Housing Diversity
  • Break Up the Block Size
  • Design Roads for Multiple Modes
  • Create Safe, Vibrant Urban Spaces
  • Green the Downtown
  • Encourage Office & Employment
  • Promote Identity & Sense of Place

Review the City Centre Vision & Guiding Principles.

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