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Where We Are At

Each year about 10,000 new people move into Surrey. With the SkyTrain extension down Fraser Highway, Fleetwood will become an even more attractive place to grow. By 2050 Fleetwood’s population is estimated to double, adding 35,000 additional residents. The new community plan for Fleetwood will guide where people, paths, parks, roads and buildings will go. The plan will envision the future of Fleetwood.

Upcoming EngagementPhoto of cars driving on Fraser Highway at 160 Street intersection in Fleetwood.

In Spring 2021 we will be launching a new round of engagement to get your input on draft plan elements as part of Step 3. Stay tuned!

Recent Findings

In the Fall we asked residents which growth option they preferred (concentrated, dispersed or balanced). Residents preferred the balanced and concentrated growth options. Both options focus growth and density around future SkyTrain stations, and in Fleetwood Town Centre. At the end of January 2021 we wrapped up our Exploring Options Step 2 engagement on the ‘Heart of Fleetwood’.

Learn more about what we heard from the most recent engagement by checking out our Step 2C Heart of Fleetwood update below. The findings will help inform the draft land use plan we will be putting together and bringing back to you later in Spring 2021 as part of Step 3 in the plan process.



Where We Are At

Each year about 10,000 new people move into Surrey. With the SkyTrain extension down Fraser Highway, Fleetwood will become an even more attractive place to grow. By 2050 Fleetwood’s population is estimated to double, adding 35,000 additional residents. The new community plan for Fleetwood will guide where people, paths, parks, roads and buildings will go. The plan will envision the future of Fleetwood.

Upcoming EngagementPhoto of cars driving on Fraser Highway at 160 Street intersection in Fleetwood.

In Spring 2021 we will be launching a new round of engagement to get your input on draft plan elements as part of Step 3. Stay tuned!

Recent Findings

In the Fall we asked residents which growth option they preferred (concentrated, dispersed or balanced). Residents preferred the balanced and concentrated growth options. Both options focus growth and density around future SkyTrain stations, and in Fleetwood Town Centre. At the end of January 2021 we wrapped up our Exploring Options Step 2 engagement on the ‘Heart of Fleetwood’.

Learn more about what we heard from the most recent engagement by checking out our Step 2C Heart of Fleetwood update below. The findings will help inform the draft land use plan we will be putting together and bringing back to you later in Spring 2021 as part of Step 3 in the plan process.



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    Will we have more opportunity to oppose these growth options. We were not happy with any of the options put forth. Fleetwood is a smaller community that would not support high-rise or mid-rise apartment buildings. We are very much against any of these options. Townhouse complexes would achieve the high density the city is looking to provide. This has been working in our area thus far. This will also put too much strain on the parks and services. Is the city planning to put aside more space for parks.

    Vera asked 6 months ago

    Hi Vera,

    Thank you for your question and feedback.

    We did not include a growth scenario ‘without apartment uses’ in the survey, simply because this isn’t an option for Fleetwood. What is to be considered is how intense or extensive growth might be; what it may look like; and how it might transition away from core areas.  

    Regional and City Growth Projections

    The Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy and Surrey’s Official Community Plan both designate Fleetwood as an urban centre for growth. These plans help guide growth within the region. 

    It is estimated that the Fleetwood plan areas population will likely double over the next 30 years.  This growth will take time, and the majority of it will happen near skytrain and along Fraser Highway.  The Plan intends to envision how to best to manage the growth we know is coming. 

    We understand this can be difficult to think about. However, we’ve tried to illustrate in the survey there are different options for how Fleetwood can grow. The same number of people can live in taller apartment buildings in the centre of Fleetwood and near Skytrain stations (concentrated growth) or they can be spread out in the community in lower apartment buildings and townhouses (dispersed growth), or something in between. 

    Planning for Needs of the Community

    Concentrating growth in urban centres like Fleetwood along Rapid Transit corridors helps:

    • minimizes urban sprawl, 
    • protect agricultural land and natural areas, 
    • focus building complete communities with work and housing options, 
    • support transit and mobility options, 
    • upgrades streets and adds connections;
    • improves and creates new parks and public spaces; 
    • renews and adds public amenities; and
    • helps reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

    As we plan for growth we also plan for additional amenities, infrastructure and services for Fleetwood too. 

    More opportunities for feedback.

    Once we have an idea which growth approach we are going to move forward with (concentrated, dispersed or balanced), we can start looking more closely at where that growth occurs (e.g. where along Fraser Highway) and what it might look like (e.g. taller or lower apartments or townhouses). 

    Please stay involved in the planning process as we move forward, so that you can provide more input as we start to build out the land use concept plan in more detail. If you have comments about the Growth options, please be sure to email us at Fleetwoodplan@surrey.ca.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    In all 3 options of the land use plans there is no talk of affordable rental housing or a variety of types of housing though I have been told that is something the City of Surrey strives for. In your 3 land use plans, current affordable housing will be eliminated. I would like to know what kind of affordable housing to own or rent will it be replaced with. (Also I would like to add, the survey questions are limited to very specific questions for an obvious desired outcome. These surveys are geared to only provide the results the writers of these surveys want.)

    Tamara asked 6 months ago

    Hi Tamara,

    Thanks for your question and interest in affordable housing in Fleetwood.

    Growth Options 

    The three proposed Growth Options identified in the Survey are intended to receive general feedback on broad ideas and visions for managing overall growth in Fleetwood.  The growth options provided do not indicate the specific type of tenure of housing. Any future development could provide for affordable and purpose-built, and/or affordable housing for instance. In addition, not all areas within the plan are expected to redevelop, which will mean many areas of existing housing will remain.  

    Affordable Housing Strategy

    The City of Surrey has an Affordable Housing Strategy that was developed in 2018 in response to housing affordability challenges in Surrey. The actions set out in the Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy focus on purpose-built market and non-market rental housing, with a direction to:

    1. Prevent the loss of purpose-built rental housing
    2. Strengthen protection for tenants
    3. Encourage the development of new purpose-built rental housing
    4. Increase the supply of housing affordable to renter households with low to moderate incomes.


    Have a look at the Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy by clicking the link below:
    https://www.surrey.ca/sites/default/files/media/documents/SurreyAffordableHousingStrategyWeb.pdf

    Plan Process

    Our land use plan process consists of 5 steps and we are currently in Step 2: Exploring Options. As we develop the land use plan (Step 3) we will be looking at land use types and areas where different land uses will be considered and where land use will remain mostly unchanged. As we move into refining the plan (Step 4) we will be developing guidelines and policy (including policy for affordable housing, and rental, etc) for the different land use types.

    More Opportunities for feedback

    There will be more opportunities for feedback as we explore growth and land use options and ideas for the Heart of Fleetwood into the Fall of 2020. We will be bringing forward land use concept options for additional feedback in 2021.  These will be refined through the next steps of the process.  Right now we are still working on developing a preferred growth concept.

    Please stay involved in the planning process as we move forward, so that you can provide additional input as we start to build out the land use concept plan in more detail.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    Is the only need to create more homes in the Fleetwood area necessary, to support the requirements for sky train ridership? Although you may suggest that Fleetwood is growing and needs more density, it appears that it only needs density to support sky train. Schools are overcrowded, and traffic congestion will likely increase along Fraser Hwy. What is the plan in Fleetwood around this?

    Brad asked 6 months ago

    Hi Brad, 

    Thank you for your questions.  

    The City creates land use plans for areas that are experiencing growth and development pressure. These plans help determine what can be built, and provide an overall vision for how a Community will develop over time. It will guide City Council when considering future development applications, and aims to:

    • Designate future land uses;
    • Guide density and height of buildings;
    • Increase employment space;
    • Provide housing affordability options;
    • Inform Surrey School District  Plans;
    • Guide Transportation Network Plans;
    • Upgrade streets and add connections;
    • Improve parks and public spaces; and,
    • Renew and add public parks and amenities.


    Without a long-term plan, development can occur haphazardly and can lead to speculation and a lack of community amenities and infrastructure. A land use plan also identifies areas where growth is not expected to take place, providing more certainty for residents, businesses, developers, and the City’s future.  

    Planning for Schools

    The Surrey School District has long term plans for student growth.  The City works with the Surrey School district to help identify areas of expected growth, and where future population and student demands may emerge. This in turn helps inform Capital Planning for schools by the Province to meet the space demands of Public schools into the future. 

    The Surrey School districts long range facilities plans are available for the public to view here for reference: www.surreyschools.ca/departments/FDEM/Pages/default.aspx   

    Current and Projected Growth

    The Greater Vancouver Region is growing by over 35,000 people each year, as identified in the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. Surrey’s portion of the regions growth is about 1/4, or about 9,000 people a year. The Fleetwood Plan areas portion of the Regions growth is estimated around 2% or the Regions, and is just over 11% of the City’s overall annual growth. 

    Skytrain Supportive Policies Agreement

    A Supportive Polices Agreement (SPA) between the City of Surrey and Translink was created in 2019 for lands along the SLS line.   As part of this agreement the City has committed to take proactive steps to advance integrated land use and transportation planning along the SLS Project corridor by promoting residential, business and institutional growth to maximize transit ridership in the short, medium and long terms. 

    Surrey’s commitment is guided by our Official Community Plan, Sustainability Charter, Transportation Strategic Plan, and other relevant planning policies, reflecting generally accepted Transit Oriented Communities Design Guidelines.   The intent is not only to ensure ridership, but also to provide:

    • a high-quality urban design that will support, and integrate with, current and future land uses along Fraser Highway; 
    • increase affordable access to various opportunities such as employment, schools, housing and services; 
    • support healthy communities and a healthy environment; and 
    • advance local and regional prosperity by facilitating movement of people and goods.


    Have a look at a Surrey Langley SktyTrain SPA for more details here: https://www.surrey.ca/sites/default/files/corporate-reports/CR_2019-R157.pdf 

    Overall, long range plans like the Fleetwood Plan help provide a roadmap to better manage growth pressures while providing opportunities to improve communities over time. If you have more questions or comments about the Fleetwood Plan, please feel free to email us at Fleetwoodplan@surrey.ca.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    Hello! Is your development plan also looks at neighborhood parking areas? As it is the "core" fleetwood area already have shortage of parking.

    Maria asked 6 months ago

    Hello Maria,

    The City of Surrey regulates off-street parking to balance the needs of residents, commuters, and visitors. The parking requirements of the Zoning Bylaw apply to vehicle parking spaces, loading spaces, bicycle spaces, and passenger spaces.

    The detailed analysis of a specific project parking is completed on a project by project basis when an application is submitted to the City to redevelop a site. This takes place in accordance with the City’s parking standards.

    Right now we are still working on developing the land use plan for Fleetwood. Our land use plan process consists of 5 steps and we are currently in Step 2: Exploring Options. As we develop the land use plan (Steps 3) we will be looking at land use and densities, transportation network, parks, and amenities. As we move into refining the plan (Step 4) we will be reviewing development guidelines, including parking requirements for the different land use types, and options to manage parking demand in the area.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    I would appreciate some specific information about the first phase of the skytrain development including how far it will go?(e.g 168th street?) Target dates for the start and completion of this phase.

    Linda asked 6 months ago

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your questions.

    The Surrey Langley SkyTrain will extend the Expo Line 16 kilometres from Surrey's King George SkyTrain station along Fraser Highway to 203 Street in the City of Langley.  TransLink has developed staging scenarios to deliver the project based on available funding.  Stage 1 would see the project built to 166 St in Fleetwood.  

    It is estimated that Construction and testing of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain will take approximately four years. It is targeted for completion in 2025.  

    For more detailed information, visit the Surrey Langley SkyTrain webpage, which includes frequently asked questions, and project information at:  www.surreylangleyskytrain.ca.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    Will the city be considering Multi Use Pathways for electric scooters and bikes etc...? Seems this technology is getting more popular and its good for the environment and short trips around the neighbourhood.

    Manny asked 6 months ago

    Hello Manny,

    Thanks for your question.

    The City will be considering building separated pedestrian and cycling/rolling infrastructure that prioritizes the safety of cyclists, electric scooters and pedestrians as part of the Fleetwood Plan.

    The City is currently developing a new Transportation Plan. Emerging trends to be addressed include the shift to electric vehicles, micro-mobility such as electric scooters, car sharing, etc. This will help expand modal/transportation choice and leverage technology and new mobility options.  You can read more about the Surrey Transportation Plan here: https://www.surrey.ca/transportationplan 

    You can also attend a Virtual Open House from November 12-17th on the Surrey Transportation Plan.  You can register to participate in the Virtual Open house by clicking on the link below: 

    https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/surrey-transportation-plan-virtual-public-open-house

    The City welcomes your ideas, insights and perspectives to build a bold, new approach to transportation.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    When will property owners at the proposed skystrain station locations be consulted?

    Tamara asked 6 months ago

    Hello Tamara,

    The Surrey Langley Project team is working hard to understand and minimize the impacts of the project on people and property along Fraser Highway. All affected property owners will be contacted in due course by TransLink if their property is to be impacted by:

    • SkyTrain stations;
    • The SkyTrain guideway, which will run along the north, center, or south side of Fraser Highway; 
    • Widening strips on the approaches to major intersections; and 
    • Easements that provide temporary access to sites during construction. It is expected that the project will need a small number of full properties. 


    For more detailed information, visit TransLinks Surrey Langley SkyTrain webpage, which includes frequently asked questions, and project information at: www.surreylangleyskytrain.ca.

    Best, Markus

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    I am a landowner/homeowner that lives adjacent to Fraser Highway (where the highway is rather narrow). What is the chance that my home/land will be appropriated to make room for the new SkyTrain expansion?

    san asked 6 months ago

    Hello San,

    TransLink’s Surrey Langley Skytrain (SLS) Project team is working hard to understand and minimize the impacts of the project on people and property along Fraser Highway. Generally speaking, it is expected that property for SLS will be required for: 

    • SkyTrain stations;
    • The SkyTrain guideway, which will run along the north, center, or south side of Fraser Highway; 
    • Widening strips on the approaches to major intersections; and 
    • Easements that provide temporary access to sites during construction. It is expected that the project will need a small number of full properties.

    All affected property owners will be contacted in due course by TransLink if their property is to be impacted. The goal is to reach a fair and equitable agreement for both parties.  For more detailed information, visit TransLinks Surrey Langley SkyTrain webpage, which includes frequently asked questions, and project information at:  www.surreylangleyskytrain.ca.

    Best Regards, Markus

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    At what point in the process will safe walkability (non existent along Fraser Highway west of 148) be addressed? At what point in the planning process will high rise shadowing issues be address? Is there a sky train stop planned for 148? When can I play a role in advocating for healthy community? Is there a citizens advisory group I can get involved in?

    Karen asked 6 months ago

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for all your questions. 

    Walkability and Safety - As we work through the land use planning process we will be developing a detailed transportation strategy that identifies improvements and changes to roads and pedestrian connections in the plan area. The final plan will also include detailed cross sections for each of the different street types, including Fraser Highway. The area west of 148 Street on Fraser Highway is outside the Fleetwood plan boundaries, but will include design improvements as part of the the ultimate widening of Fraser Hwy through Green Timbers.

    Detailed Building Design Analysis – Detailed building analysis (site, massing, shadowing, etc. ) is completed on a project by project basis when an application is submitted to the City to redevelop a site. This takes place after a plan is complete. Right now we are working on developing the land use plan. Our land use plan process consists of 5 steps and we are currently in Step 2: Exploring Options. As we develop the land use plan (Step 3) we will be looking at land use compatibility and how we transition between different land uses. As we move into refining the plan (Step 4) we will be developing urban design guidelines for the different land use types, which looks at overall scale, form and massing. 

    SkyTrain Stops - There is no SkyTrain stop planned for 148th Street. For this phase of the extension there are stations planned for 140 Street, 152 Street, 160 Street and 166 Street. 

    Healthy Community –  We welcome your ideas about how to foster active living and a healthy community in Fleetwood. Share your ideas by email fleetwoodplan@surrey.ca. Right now you can also show us where you would like to see park, amenity and transportation improvements in Fleetwood using the ‘Map Ideas’ tool tab. 

    Getting Involved - We do not have a citizens advisory group for this project. We are encouraging residents to stay involved and provide feedback throughout the Fleetwood Plan process. 

    Best Regards,
    Markus

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    How did you determine the boundaries for the new plan? Was there any consultation with existing homeowners? Why does it extend south of 80th Ave., west of 168th. when this area is already almost fully developed with single family homes on standard sized lots, based on the existing OCP? You have created a major issue with a proposed development already in this area.

    Michael C. asked 6 months ago

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your question.  The Fleetwood Plan is intended to be a long term vision for the community. There are many factors that are considered when establishing plan boundaries. For this plan, one of the determining factors was proximity to future SkyTrain stations on Fraser Highway, including a station at 166 Street. Having your property included in a land use plan does not necessarily mean the land use will change. In fact, we expect portions of the plan area to remain as they are today. What it does do is provide more certainty about future land uses, whether change is envisioned, or existing character is maintained. The plan also provides an opportunity to improve existing neighbourhoods. For example, it can set some of the community’s wishes into motion by allocating land or money towards improvements like parks or roads.

     Best, Markus