Planning Process & Engagement
We've used input from residents, stakeholders and all City departments to create Surrey's Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).
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Surrey's Climate Plans
A Community Climate Action Strategy has been developed that outlines how the City will take strategic action on climate change.
Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy is made up of 2 complementary plans:
- the Community Energy and Emissions Plan provides a guide to reduce community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions, and the
- Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to minimize risk and cost.
Together, these 2 plans comprise Surrey’s Community Climate Action Strategy, and reinforce the City’s broader efforts at establishing a prosperous and resilient 21st century urban centre.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft plans; the final strategies were adopted by Council on November 25, 2013.
Process highlights 2011 to 2013
Development of the CEEP was initiated in summer 2011, with Council support for developing the Plan and the official EnergyShift launch at Surrey’s Canada Day Event. A community energy and emission profile was completed, along with a projection of energy and emission growth based on current plans.
In September and October 2011, the City met with key stakeholders to identify high level strategies and priorities to inform the Plan’s development, and engaged youth in developing a vision for a low carbon community.
In February 2012, over 100 people attended the EnergyShift Panel and Open House. Participants indicated a high degree of support for retrofit programs, renewable energy and increased efficiency in new buildings, high speed transit, active transportation infrastructure, and low emission vehicles.
Based on input from stakeholders and other community planning priorities, such as Rapid Transit and Surrey's Official Community Plan, a range of options were developed within 5 strategy areas: land use, transportation, buildings, energy supply, and waste. To evaluate the impacts of various options and help guide the decision-making process, 3 broad policy bundles were defined:
- Current Plans: A future guided by the policy and plans that the City currently has in place, as well as estimates of where other governments and agencies are headed with regards to energy and emission reductions (eg, TransLink’s Best Bus performance standards, BC Building Code projections, Federal Tailpipe Standards, and Metro’s Solid Waste Management Plan).
- Scenario 1: A future that sees distributed infill in existing neighbourhoods, focused growth in all Town Centres, City Centre and transit corridors, and a modest increase in high quality public transit and district energy
- Scenario 2: A future that sees concentrated growth in City Centre, some Town Centres and transit corridors, and significant increases in active transportation infrastructure, rapid transit and district energy.
In December 2012, we invited Surrey residents to the ENERGYShift Cafe to discuss how we can nurture and support community-based actions to reduce energy use across Surrey, as well as provide high level feedback on the CEEP's draft strategies. Participants developed lots of innovative strategy ideas after learning about the background to ENERGYShift, an getting an overview of the CEEP and draft strategies.
In January 2013, stakeholders were invited to comment on and help refine the draft strategies. Three roundtable discussions were held, focusing on local businesses, energy-efficient new construction, and building retrofits. This feedback ensured the draft strategies were realistic and has sufficient support for successful implementation amongst key stakeholders.