Mayor Dianne Watts recently unveiled Phase 2 of Surrey’s Economic Investment Action Plan, which includes the multi-million dollar Build Surrey program. The new six-point plan focuses on fostering strong economic growth through capital investment, strategic partnerships and streamlining approvals, and will reinforce Surrey’s position as a premier investment location and leader in the sustainability sector. Included in the plan is the development of Surrey City Centre over the next five years transforming the downtown core to create British Columbia’s next great cosmopolitan centre. Included in the development will be a new city hall and performing arts centre, flagship library, covered youth park and recreation centre. Guildford, Newton, Fleetwood, South Surrey and Cloverdale will also experience development and opportunities for the construction industry in new facilities.
Jean Lamontagne, General Manager of Planning and Development of British Columbia’s fastest growing city, will tell us about the plans to develop new and innovative initiatives to stimulate the economy, create jobs and build sustainable communities. Currently, his team is responsible for the long range and policy planning for the City, current planning which is divided in two teams North and South, building approvals, including building inspections, administration of the tree protection by-law and the planning and operations of all civic facilities.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010