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Surrey City Centre Plan

Surrey City Centre is in the midst of significant transformation; what was once a suburban town centre, is developing into a walkable, transit-oriented downtown core for business, cultural, and entertainment activity. The City Centre Plan, endorsed by Council in 2017, will guide this process.

This transformation is being driven by a clear vision for the area. Future City Centre will be a vibrant downtown with distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character.

Connected to major regional destinations by SkyTrain, City Centre will feature roads designed to promote safe walking and cycling. It will be known for its green parks and plazas, planted boulevards and gardens, fish bearing creeks, and spectacular views to the North Shore Mountains.

Already home to such landmarks as City Hall, City Centre Library, Simon Fraser University and Holland Park, over the next decade, careful planning will establish a downtown core in City Centre where people want to live, work and play. Discover current development activity in Surrey City Centre.

Plan Area

The City Centre plan area is strategically located in North Surrey at the crossroads of major transit routes, King George Boulevard and Fraser Highway. The City Centre area encompasses about 542 hectares (1,341) acres, making it one of the largest core urban areas within Metro Vancouver. The boundaries extend from approximately 94 Ave in the south to 112 Ave in the north, and from 132nd Street to 140th Street, west to east.

Background Information

The first plan for the City Centre was completed in 1991. Key recommendations of the plan included concentration of density at the SkyTrain stations, construction of a ring road system, and implementation of urban design and streetscape features.This work was supplemented with the Whalley Enhancement Strategy and Urban Design Concept in 2003.

Development after the adoption of the 1991 plan ranged between almost no activity, to periods of intense activity which was not always concentrated at or near the SkyTrain stations, as was intended in the 1991 plan.The resulting development pattern did not create a complete and identifiable City Centre.

In late 2006 Council endorsed Corporate Report R172 which directed staff to redefine the vision and establish and reinforce a desirable development pattern for the downtown. Over the next decade staff and consultants undertook a comprehensive and phased planning process, reporting back to Council on multiple occasions, that resulted in the establishment of a new vision for City Centre. 

On January 12, 2017, Council endorsed Corporate Report R014 which approved the final City Centre Plan.

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