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Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan

A land use plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre is being developed to serve as a guide for future planning and development in the area. The Plan will provide clear direction for future land uses and density, road network, urban design, parks and community amenities, and engineering infrastructure.

Considerable work has been completed to date, reflected in the 2012 Interim Land Use Concept endorsed by Council. We are now working towards a final (Stage 2) Plan on the basis of the approved concept. Stage 2 comprises the completion of engineering servicing, transportation, and financing strategy, detailed urban design guidelines and a strategy to provide community amenities. This process will also involve the refinement of the land use concept to plan for and include two expansion areas, as endorsed by Council.

Get Involved

Share your feedback and learn more about the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan

Later this year we will be offering a series of community engagement opportunities to learn more about the plan and to provide input into its refinement, including the expansion areas noted below. Check back soon for more information.

Study Area

In 2012 Council endorsed an expansion of the plan area to allow for a more comprehensive approach to planning the surrounding area. The expansion allows for better planning along a key frequent transit route (152nd Street) and to consider future plans for the area around Peach Arch Hospital. The resulting boundaries extend from 16th Ave in the south to 24 Ave in the north, and from around Martin Drive in the west to Earl Marriot Secondary School in the East. In total, the study area encompasses about 136 hectares (336 acres).

Process & Timeline

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  • Final Plan Approval

    Following the third phase of community consultation staff will report back to Council seeking endorsement of the final (Stage 2) Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan.

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  • Plan Refinement & Expansion

    Following Council's direction to refine particular elements of the Plan, and expand the study area, staff are now preparing for a third phase of community consultation. This phase will focus primarily on the expansion areas to better understand potential future land uses, as well as considerations for transportation improvements, parks and open spaces, and engineering servicing. It will allow for a more comprehensive approach to planning the surrounding area.

    Check back shortly for details on upcoming community engagement opportunities.

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  • Plan Development & Interim Approval

    In February, 2009, Council received an update on work completed to date and directed staff to conduct further public consultation related to the development of the Stage 2 Plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre.

    A comprehensive planning process was undertaken, including a variety of interactive public open houses and stakeholder workshops to explore land use, density and other plan components, and to build community consensus for the Stage 2 Plan.

    Stakeholder Workshops took place in March 2009, and included key property owners, agencies, businesses, developers and representatives of the Semiahmoo Residents Association and Friends of the Semiahmoo Trail, as well as staff from the City of White Rock and TransLink. The workshop provided opportunities to provide input into the refinement of the plan. Workshop content included:

    Following the stakeholder workshops, public open houses were hosted over 2 days in April, 2009, to reflect on work completed to-date and to discuss and provide input on the concepts.

    In May 2012, Council approved an interim plan to guide development in the area, based off work and community consultation conducted to-date. Council also directed staff to expand the plan area boundary to allow for better planning along a key frequent transit route (152nd Street) and to consider the future plans for the area around Peach Arch Hospital.

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  • Preliminary Planning & Consultation

    In 2005 and 2006, preliminary community engagement gathered input for the development of the Plan, including two open houses and community surveys. The aim was to develop a land use and urban design concept and servicing strategy. 

    On September 25, 2006, Council approved the Stage 1 component (Land Use Concept) of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan and authorized staff to proceed with the Stage 2 component of the Plan, including more detailed land use planning, the development of an engineering servicing strategy and a comprehensive financial plan (Corporate Report No. C018).

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  • Council Authorization

    July, 2004, Council directs staff to proceed with a land use planning process for the Semiahmoo Town Centre.

Background Information

Considerable planning and background work has been undertaken to date, from which the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan has been developed.

In July, 2004, Council initiated a planning process for the Semiahmoo Town Centre, with the intent to update the original 1993 Semiahmoo Town Centre Concept Plan.

On September 24, 2006, following an initial phase of community consultation, Council approved the Stage 1 component (Land Use Concept) of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan and authorized staff to proceed with the Stage 2 component of the Plan.

In February, 2009, Council received an update on work completed to date and directed staff to conduct further public consultation related to the development of the Stage 2 Plan for Semiahmoo Town Centre.

In May 2012, Council received an update on work completed and approved an interim Stage 2 Plan to guide development in the area. The interim plan includes details on land use and density, transportation, building heights, parks and community amenities.​ 

The Council update also authorized the review and extension of the plan boundaries. Since the approval of Stage 1 of the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan in 2006, the planning context in the area has changed significantly. Redevelopment plans for the Semiahmoo Mall site have changed by virtue of the sale of the property, transit considerations have changed following the Surrey Rapid Transit Study, and the City of White Rock has undertaken land use planning that has resulted in changes to density and building heights south of 16th Avenue. These changes call for reconsideration of particular elements of the Plan and expansion of the study area, along with a re-engagement with the community. The interim Stage 2 Plan allows for the consideration of development applications in the Plan area as the Stage 2 Plan is revisited and finalized.

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