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

We're Updating the City Centre Plan

Community Engagement Underway! See materials from June 12 open house

Surrey City Centre is undergoing a bold transformation into an energetic metropolitan centre. In 2017 we created a plan to guide this transformation. Since then, significant growth and development has occurred. Over the last several years, we have been making updates to the plan to ensure a vibrant downtown. We created a Central Business District to concentrate new office development. We also made changes to prepare for a new SkyTrain station on the edge of City Centre. In recent years, housing has been a challenge in Surrey and beyond. Further updates are now needed to address this challenge before we complete the plan.

New Housing Legislation and the Plan

In November 2023 the Province passed legislation to increase the supply of housing in BC. The legislation affects the City Centre Plan in two ways:

  1. Introduces Transit Oriented Areas (TOAs) – The legislation identifies TOAs within 800 m of existing and future SkyTrain stations. In these TOAs, there are minimum height and density standards and changes to parking requirements.

  1. Introduces Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing (SSMUH) - Outside the TOAs the new legislation expands the type of housing allowed in single family and duplex zones.

The City Centre Plan is being updated to reflect these new changes.

Learn more about the legislation and the changes to the City Centre Plan under Updates.

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

We're Updating the City Centre Plan

Community Engagement Underway! See materials from June 12 open house

Surrey City Centre is undergoing a bold transformation into an energetic metropolitan centre. In 2017 we created a plan to guide this transformation. Since then, significant growth and development has occurred. Over the last several years, we have been making updates to the plan to ensure a vibrant downtown. We created a Central Business District to concentrate new office development. We also made changes to prepare for a new SkyTrain station on the edge of City Centre. In recent years, housing has been a challenge in Surrey and beyond. Further updates are now needed to address this challenge before we complete the plan.

New Housing Legislation and the Plan

In November 2023 the Province passed legislation to increase the supply of housing in BC. The legislation affects the City Centre Plan in two ways:

  1. Introduces Transit Oriented Areas (TOAs) – The legislation identifies TOAs within 800 m of existing and future SkyTrain stations. In these TOAs, there are minimum height and density standards and changes to parking requirements.

  1. Introduces Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing (SSMUH) - Outside the TOAs the new legislation expands the type of housing allowed in single family and duplex zones.

The City Centre Plan is being updated to reflect these new changes.

Learn more about the legislation and the changes to the City Centre Plan under Updates.

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  • Share How does the new city centre plan address the anticipated increase in energy demand for cooling and heating buildings and houses in response to climate change? on Facebook Share How does the new city centre plan address the anticipated increase in energy demand for cooling and heating buildings and houses in response to climate change? on Twitter Share How does the new city centre plan address the anticipated increase in energy demand for cooling and heating buildings and houses in response to climate change? on Linkedin Email How does the new city centre plan address the anticipated increase in energy demand for cooling and heating buildings and houses in response to climate change? link

    How does the new city centre plan address the anticipated increase in energy demand for cooling and heating buildings and houses in response to climate change?

    Mitchell asked 6 days ago

    Hi Mitchell,

    Planning for increased energy demand is primarily the responsibility of utility companies such as BC Hydro and FortisBC. The City coordinates with these utilities so that they are aware of our land use plans and anticipated growth. Within City Centre, the City operates a district energy utility, Surrey City Energy, that provides heat and hot water to new high density buildings. The goals of Surrey City Energy are to generate heat and hot water more efficiently while keeping energy affordable and delivering energy security.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share Hi, my property is in Tier 3 of new TOD area plan . Will this new legislative adoption increase higher property assessments and increase extra higher taxes in these tier1, tier2, tier3 areas as compared to other areas. on Facebook Share Hi, my property is in Tier 3 of new TOD area plan . Will this new legislative adoption increase higher property assessments and increase extra higher taxes in these tier1, tier2, tier3 areas as compared to other areas. on Twitter Share Hi, my property is in Tier 3 of new TOD area plan . Will this new legislative adoption increase higher property assessments and increase extra higher taxes in these tier1, tier2, tier3 areas as compared to other areas. on Linkedin Email Hi, my property is in Tier 3 of new TOD area plan . Will this new legislative adoption increase higher property assessments and increase extra higher taxes in these tier1, tier2, tier3 areas as compared to other areas. link

    Hi, my property is in Tier 3 of new TOD area plan . Will this new legislative adoption increase higher property assessments and increase extra higher taxes in these tier1, tier2, tier3 areas as compared to other areas.

    Sukh asked 8 days ago

    Hi Sukh,

    Whether property taxes increase for your property depends on how its assessed value changes compared to the average for all properties in Surrey. According to BC Assessment, a property’s assessed value reflects its zoning classification. The Transit-Oriented Areas legislation does not rezone properties. Instead, properties are rezoned at the time of development. Please see the City’s Property Taxes web page for more information on how property taxes are calculated.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share My house is identified as having a road through it in the city Center OCP. What does that mean for the future of my property? on Facebook Share My house is identified as having a road through it in the city Center OCP. What does that mean for the future of my property? on Twitter Share My house is identified as having a road through it in the city Center OCP. What does that mean for the future of my property? on Linkedin Email My house is identified as having a road through it in the city Center OCP. What does that mean for the future of my property? link

    My house is identified as having a road through it in the city Center OCP. What does that mean for the future of my property?

    Rosy asked 9 days ago

    Hi Rosy,

    Most new roads identified in the City Centre Plan are meant to be achieved through development. This means that when developers assemble property for a development, they are expected to include any adjacent properties where new roads are identified. They would then dedicate to the City the portion of the property required for the road and can use any leftover area for the development. In rare circumstances where the entire property is needed for road, it may be the City that purchases the property. When a property is acquired depends on there being a developer to purchase the property and a willing property owner to sell it.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share What is the estimated implementation cost or budget of all City Centre Plan projects in Surrey? on Facebook Share What is the estimated implementation cost or budget of all City Centre Plan projects in Surrey? on Twitter Share What is the estimated implementation cost or budget of all City Centre Plan projects in Surrey? on Linkedin Email What is the estimated implementation cost or budget of all City Centre Plan projects in Surrey? link

    What is the estimated implementation cost or budget of all City Centre Plan projects in Surrey?

    Claire asked 9 days ago

    Hi Claire,

    The cost of new amenities and infrastructure upgrades will be estimated later in the planning process, once the updated land use, amenity, and infrastructure strategies have been developed. This information will be included in the plan and used to determine Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) rates and Development Cost Charge (DCC) rates that are charged to development.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share Why is City Center Plan creating new construction in the downtown area if the two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey are buildings and transportation? on Facebook Share Why is City Center Plan creating new construction in the downtown area if the two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey are buildings and transportation? on Twitter Share Why is City Center Plan creating new construction in the downtown area if the two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey are buildings and transportation? on Linkedin Email Why is City Center Plan creating new construction in the downtown area if the two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey are buildings and transportation? link

    Why is City Center Plan creating new construction in the downtown area if the two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey are buildings and transportation?

    Jim asked 10 days ago

    Hi Jim,

    It is the reality that Surrey is growing. This is due to economic, demographic, and migration trends that are playing out in society. As growth occurs in Surrey, it is being directed to areas such as City Centre with existing services, amenities, and infrastructure, such as transit. By creating denser, mixed-use development, served by transit, active transportation networks, and the City’s district energy utility, we are planning for communities that emit fewer greenhouse gases. This builds on the City’s efforts to encourage higher performing buildings and reduce emissions from waste.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share How will the new City Center Plan address the rising Plastic pollution and its waste contamination on streets and roads, from public bus stands to trains to residential and commercial areas in the downtown region of Surrey? on Facebook Share How will the new City Center Plan address the rising Plastic pollution and its waste contamination on streets and roads, from public bus stands to trains to residential and commercial areas in the downtown region of Surrey? on Twitter Share How will the new City Center Plan address the rising Plastic pollution and its waste contamination on streets and roads, from public bus stands to trains to residential and commercial areas in the downtown region of Surrey? on Linkedin Email How will the new City Center Plan address the rising Plastic pollution and its waste contamination on streets and roads, from public bus stands to trains to residential and commercial areas in the downtown region of Surrey? link

    How will the new City Center Plan address the rising Plastic pollution and its waste contamination on streets and roads, from public bus stands to trains to residential and commercial areas in the downtown region of Surrey?

    David asked 10 days ago

    Hi David,

    The City Centre Plan is primarily a strategy for the physical growth and development of City Centre. Please see the following information on how the City deals with waste, especially the following:


    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share In what ways would the City Center Plan help all tiers of communities with food banks or community kitchens or in Surrey's downtown region to reduce surging food insecurity and homelessness? on Facebook Share In what ways would the City Center Plan help all tiers of communities with food banks or community kitchens or in Surrey's downtown region to reduce surging food insecurity and homelessness? on Twitter Share In what ways would the City Center Plan help all tiers of communities with food banks or community kitchens or in Surrey's downtown region to reduce surging food insecurity and homelessness? on Linkedin Email In what ways would the City Center Plan help all tiers of communities with food banks or community kitchens or in Surrey's downtown region to reduce surging food insecurity and homelessness? link

    In what ways would the City Center Plan help all tiers of communities with food banks or community kitchens or in Surrey's downtown region to reduce surging food insecurity and homelessness?

    Mark asked 10 days ago

    The City Centre Plan is primarily a strategy for the physical growth and development of City Centre. The City maintains the Community Food Resource Map to promote food security in Surrey.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan make use of automobile parking areas for both business and residential regions or buildings as Surrey gradually moves toward car-free zones? on Facebook Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan make use of automobile parking areas for both business and residential regions or buildings as Surrey gradually moves toward car-free zones? on Twitter Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan make use of automobile parking areas for both business and residential regions or buildings as Surrey gradually moves toward car-free zones? on Linkedin Email In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan make use of automobile parking areas for both business and residential regions or buildings as Surrey gradually moves toward car-free zones? link

    In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan make use of automobile parking areas for both business and residential regions or buildings as Surrey gradually moves toward car-free zones?

    Kane asked 10 days ago

    Hi Kane,

    As high density development occurs, new buildings provide parking underground. This means that over time, existing properties with surface parking will be replaced with higher density development that supports sustainable modes of travel, such as walking.

    Existing parking areas that will remain, including underground parking in higher density development, are privately owned and managed. Often, parking stalls belong to individual strata units. The City has no plans for how these areas will be used in the future, but this is an area that may be worth additional consideration as travel patterns evolve.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan safeguard and assist the underprivileged against rising food insecurity and the harsh effects of climate change in Surrey? on Facebook Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan safeguard and assist the underprivileged against rising food insecurity and the harsh effects of climate change in Surrey? on Twitter Share In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan safeguard and assist the underprivileged against rising food insecurity and the harsh effects of climate change in Surrey? on Linkedin Email In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan safeguard and assist the underprivileged against rising food insecurity and the harsh effects of climate change in Surrey? link

    In all tier 1 to tier 3 regions, how will the new City Center Plan safeguard and assist the underprivileged against rising food insecurity and the harsh effects of climate change in Surrey?

    Stephen asked 10 days ago

    The City Centre Plan is primarily a strategy for the physical growth and development of City Centre. It will seek to address people’s physical access to food by planning for dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods where daily needs such as grocery stores are within reach for all residents. Mixed-use development provides commercial space close to where people live, while dense neighbourhoods support the viability of grocery businesses. Issues related to the economic access to food and the security of the food supply are important but beyond the scope of the City Centre Plan.

    The effects of climate change are numerous and diverse. At a high level, the City Centre Plan seeks to mitigate climate change by planning for a complete and compact community where less carbon is emitted from transportation and buildings. We are also striving to create a community that is resilient to climate change’s impacts on weather, energy, the economy, ecosystems, and much more. Please see Surrey’s Climate Change Action Strategy.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

  • Share How does the City Centre Plan propose to address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect in safeguarding the homeless, pedestrians, transit commuters, and underprivileged communities in Surrey's downtown area? on Facebook Share How does the City Centre Plan propose to address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect in safeguarding the homeless, pedestrians, transit commuters, and underprivileged communities in Surrey's downtown area? on Twitter Share How does the City Centre Plan propose to address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect in safeguarding the homeless, pedestrians, transit commuters, and underprivileged communities in Surrey's downtown area? on Linkedin Email How does the City Centre Plan propose to address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect in safeguarding the homeless, pedestrians, transit commuters, and underprivileged communities in Surrey's downtown area? link

    How does the City Centre Plan propose to address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect in safeguarding the homeless, pedestrians, transit commuters, and underprivileged communities in Surrey's downtown area?

    David asked 12 days ago

    Hi David,

    The City Centre Plan is primarily a strategy for the physical growth and development of City Centre and does not directly address the challenges posed by the heat dome and polar vortex effect. However, strategies are being developed for a city that is resilient to severe weather events caused by climate change. As the City Centre Plan is updated, we will look for opportunities to implement the actions and recommendations of the Climate Change Action Strategy, Surrey’s roadmap to a zero-carbon climate resilient city.

    Best regards,
    Andrew

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