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Newton Town Centre Plan

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Newton Town Centre is a designated core urban area within the Official Community Plan. Originally adopted in 1990, the Newton Town Centre Plan was updated in 2010 with a Stage 1 Land Use Concept Plan focusing on the portion of the town centre south of 72 Ave. On February 24, 2014, Council authorized staff to review and update the Newton Town Centre Plan. Currently in Stage 2, a final draft land use plan is being prepared.

Get Involved

Share your feedback and learn more about the Newton Town Centre Plan Update

Thank you to everyone who attended our Public Open House on June 12, 2018 to view and comment on draft updates to the Newton Town Centre Plan. Review the display boards that were shared at the Open House. Your feedback is being considered as we continue to refine the concept and work towards a final plan.

Plan Area

The plan area focuses on the southern portion of the Newton Town Centre area, the area south of 72 Avenue, east of 134A Street and 135 Street, north of 68 Avenue, and west of 138 Street.  The plan area is approximately 56 hectares (139 acres) and includes significant civic, recreation, and transit uses, as well as commercial and residential areas.

Process & Timeline

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  • Step 1: Getting Started expand
  • Step 1: Getting Started

    In 2008 Council directed staff to begin work on updating the Newton Town Centre Plan, and to work with with TransLink to explore transit integration into future land uses.  A terms of reference was established, as well as a Memorandium of Understanding between the City and TransLink, which together were used to guide the planning process.

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  • Step 2: Developing the Plan

    Through 2009 the City and TransLink hosted a series of public consultation sessions for the plan, with an aim to gather initial input on the development of a mixed-use, high-density, transit-oriented town centre.

    Engagement Opportunities

    Review the preliminary land use concept that emerged from these sessions, as well as the preliminary sanitary. water  and stormwater servicing concepts.

    In 2010 Council endorsed Corporate Report R093 which approved the Stage 1 land use plan and authorized staff to continue working with TransLink to undertake the Stage 2 component of the Plan.

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  • Step 3: Refining the Plan

    Following Council endorsement of the Stage 1 land use plan, the City and TransLink began early work on plans for improved transit service along King George Boulevard. This work culminated in 2013 with the adoption of the Regional Transportation Strategy ("RTS") which confirmed a vision for future rapid transit for King George Boulevard to Newton.

    The RTS also established a principle of supporting rapid transit investment with sufficient employment and housing to support increased transit service. Based on this vision, Surrey and TransLink developed and confirmed plans for rapid transit for the corridor, with a station in Newton Town Centre. Based on these developments, Council endorsed Corporate Report R035 which directed staff to continue the review and update of the Newton Town Centre Plan.

    Additional community engagement was undertaken, along with comprehensive stakeholder collaboration, including meetings with TransLink, the Newton BIA, and various community groups.

    Engagement Opportunities

    Input from the recent June 12 open house and survey is being used to refine the land use plan.

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  • Step 4: Completing the Plan

    We are currently undertaking a detailed review of the plan, with consideration to recent input from the June 12, 2018 open house and survey.  Once the final plan is ready, staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) Newton Town Centre Plan.

Background Information

The Newton Town Centre Plan was first developed and adopted by Council in 1990. The Plan, bounded by 76 Avenue, 68 Avenue, King George Highway, and 138 Street, proposed a range of retail and commercial uses, with some high-density residential and a core of civic and recreational uses. Since the initial Plan's endorsement, a number of civic and recreational facilities have been built, as well as some commercial growth in the area north of 72 Avenue. Key sections of the Plan area, however, were never developed, particularly in the area south of 72 Avenue.

In 2008, Council endorsed Corporate Report No. R153 which looked to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Surrey and TransLink to develop an updated land use and transit plan that integrates new and enhanced transit facilities into a high quality and sustainable urban centre. Later that year, Council endorsed Corporate Report No. R192which approved a Terms of Reference to undertake the study. In January, 2009, Council endorsed Corporate Report No. R007, which formally approved the MOU between the City and TransLink.

In 2010, following a comprehensive community consultation process, Council endorsed Corporate Report No. R093which approved the Stage 1 land use plan and authorized staff to continue working with TransLink to undertake the Stage 2 component of the Plan.

In 2013, TransLink adopted the Regional Transportation Strategy ("RTS") vision and framework plan which confirmed future rapid transit for King George Boulevard to Newton. The RTS also established a principle of supporting rapid transit investment with sufficient planning for density of jobs and housing to support transit ridership. Based on this vision, Surrey and TransLink confirmed plans for rapid transit along the corridor, which included a further review of the Newton Town Centre Plan.

In 2014, Council endorsed Corporate Report No. R035, which provided an update on the planning process and authorized staff to further review and update the plan.

Contact Information

Fay Keng Wong, Associate Planner
Planning & Development Department
Phone: 604-591-4496
NewtonTownCentre@surrey.ca

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