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City Engages Community to Help Create Vibrant City Centre

July 26, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey is moving forward with stage two of its City Centre plan by developing a comprehensive strategy for community building that is designed to create a downtown core that is dynamic, attractive, safe and unique.

“We want to foster a sense of belonging and community in City Centre. We want to build a truly vibrant downtown core that incorporates contemporary designs and places, while still retaining the unique history of the area,” says Acting Mayor Councillor Marvin Hunt. “We will continue to engage residents and businesses in order to implement that vision in a way that meets their needs and desires.”

The City is currently compiling the data received from a recent survey that was conducted by about 300 people living and working in the area. Youth have also provided input on what they like about City Centre, what is missing from downtown and how it can be improved.

Beginning in August, the City will be conducting focus groups involving new residents, longtime residents and employees of downtown. The information collected will help identify the policy, programming, and beautification programs that are necessary for City Centre. As part of the process, a heritage inventory is taking place to identify existing important historical features to determine how they can best be incorporated within the new development taking place.

“We are redefining City Centre and shaping the future of our city, and that involves much more than new infrastructure and buildings. We want residents and businesses to feel connected to their home and feel a sense of place and purpose. In order to achieve that, we need to bring the community into the planning process so they can help shape their neighbourhood,” says Hunt.

Stage two of the City Centre plan is expected to be finalized and brought before Council for approval later this year.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor