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Guildford Town Centre - 104 Avenue Plan

Guildford Town Centre

We are conducting a planning study for Guildford Town Centre and the 104 Avenue Corridor. This project will support the enhancement of this important commercial hub and surrounding areas.

The study will result in a land use and transportation plan to guide redevelopment. This will help us to achieve desired community objectives such as more green space and community facilities.

Get Involved

Thank you for taking part in our May 6, 2019 open house and online survey. A revised plan incorporating your feedback was forwarded to Council and approved on July 8, 2019. Staff are now engaged in "stage 2" of the planning process. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to get involved as work advances on stage 2.

Please contact us with any questions or comments at

Plan Area

The study area is centred on 104 Avenue and runs from the edge of City Centre (140 Street) to the Trans Canada Highway. The plan area boundary was extended in July 2019 to include two small areas: a short section of 104 Avenue near the 160 Street highway interchange and the Riverside commercial node along 108 Avenue. The study area includes distinct single family, multi-family and commercial areas.

Process & Timeline

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  • Step 1: Getting Started expand
  • Spring - Winter 2017

    Work in step 1 included:

    • Conducting and compiling background research:
      • Residential and commercial market demand assessment
      • Environmental study
      • Housing profile
      • Area profile
    • Drafting the project Vision, Principles and Objectives

    Public and stakeholder engagement included:

    • "Pop up" engagement at Guildford Recreation Centre (September 25) and Guildford Town Centre (shopping centre) (September 30)
    • Online survey (September 25 to October 29)
    • Stakeholder workshops
      • TransLink and transit stakeholders (September 27)
      • Affordable housing and environmental community stakeholders (October 2)
      • Development, business and rental housing stakeholders (October 2)

    Step 1 Engagement Summary

  • Step 2: Exploring Options expand
  • Winter - Spring 2018

    Work in step 2 included:

    • Identifying opportunities for environmental protection and ecosystem enhancement
    • Developing land use and road network alternatives

    Public and stakeholder engagement included:

    • Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (March 1)
    • Online survey (March 1 - 21)

    Step 2 Community Engagement Summary

  • Step 3: Developing the Plan expand
  • Spring 2018 - Summer 2019

    Work in step 3 included:

    • Developing draft land use, transportation, and parks and open space concepts
    • Refining development, transportation, and urban design policies

    Public and stakeholder engagement in the spring of 2018 included:

    • Online survey (May 7 - 30, 2018)
    • Focused stakeholder workshop at Guildford Recreation Centre (May 28, 2018)
    • Open house at Guildford Recreation Centre (May 29, 2018)

    Step 3 Community Engagement Summary (2018)

    In November 2018, Council suspended the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project. As a result, a review of the draft plan and additional community consultation was required. Public and stakeholder engagement in the spring of 2019 included:

    Overall Stage 1 Engagement Summary (steps 1-3)

    On July 8, 2019, Council considered Corporate Report R147 and approved the Stage 1 Plan. Council also authorized staff to initiate Stage 2 of the planning process.

  • Step 4: Refining the Plan expand
  • Summer 2019 - Spring 2020

    Following Council endorsement of the Stage 1 Plan, a comprehensive review of servicing requirements will be undertaken to ensure that the plan is achievable. Plan refinement will also include the development of associated implementation policies and measures.

    Work will include:

    • Examination of land uses in two Council-approved plan expansion areas
    • Development of engineering servicing, parkland acquisition, community amenities, and financial strategies
    • The preparation of development and urban design policies

    Additional community consultation, including open houses and surveys, will be conducted related to the development of the Stage 2 plan. Details of future activities will be posted here as they are scheduled.

  • Step 5: Completing the Plan expand
  • Once the Plan is ready, following additional community consultation, staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) plan.

    • Finalize plan document (Fall 2020)
    • Present plan to Council Committees (Fall/Winter 2020)
    • Seek Council consideration (Winter 2020)

Background Information

Guildford Town Centre has not had a current land use plan for many years. Older plans identified Whalley and Guildford as two commercial nodes book-ending 104 Avenue. However, once SkyTrain arrived in Surrey in 1994, development interest has favoured Whalley. That part of Whalley, now known as Surrey City Centre, is now the second metropolitan centre of the region.

In spite of this, Guildford has remained an important urban centre and regional shopping destination. In 2016 Council recognized the need for a land use plan to guide development in Guildford. On June 22, Council authorized staff to undertake a planning process for Guildford Town Centre and the 104 Avenue Corridor. See Corporate Report R159. On October 20, Council endorsed the terms of reference for the planning study. See Corporate Report R230.

Contact Information

Andrew Dong, Planning Analyst
Community Planning Division
Phone: 604-591-4195

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