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Federal Land within the Campbell Heights Development

June 10, 2022. This Refers to the Latest Status of the Federal Disposal Process Currently Underway.

I spoke with federal Public Works today to understand the current status of the disposal process which is underway for the Federal property in Surrey that is bordered by 192nd Street and 36th Ave. ISED’s Cloverdale Site was declared surplus to its program requirements in 2016 and PSPC was engaged to undertake the necessary disposal with due diligence in accordance with TB’s Directive on the Management of Real Property. In reference to 4.2.34, PSPC plans to formally solicit expressions of public interest from all levels of governments and Indigenous groups later this year for further discussions into next year. Note that in the Directive, section 4.2.34 under heading 4.2 reads as follows:

Real property practitioners in a custodian department are responsible for the following: Soliciting expressions of public purpose interest in all or a portion of the site simultaneously from federal departments, agent Crown corporations, provinces, municipalities, and Indigenous groups;

Discussions with First Nations interests are ongoing. It was emphasized that this falls into the federal legal sphere and not under the disposal policy . It is understood that any possibility of including the land in the ALR will need to await the results of the request for expressions of interest. Action to alter the Surrey Campbell Heights plan to include the federal agricultural and woodland current use is independent of the federal disposal policy. This means that efforts to persuade Surrey to alter that plan should continue. I will post this to website. In support of our efforts to preserve these lands, please feel free to circulate this message as you wish. Nigel Bell

June 2021. Correspondence with Mark Kischnick, Senior Planner with the City of Surrey

Hello Nigel,

Thanks for your email.

I thought it may be helpful to frame a response to you around how land use plans and process are organized legislatively, approved, and implemented; and then discuss your objective request.

RGS In Metro Vancouver overall land use direction is provided by the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy “RGS” bylaw, which are approved by the Regional Board made up of local municipalities (Mayors) in Metro Vancouver. In the Metro Vancouver Growth Strategy 2040 Plan this area of land (federal lands) in Campbell Height are designated as “Mixed Employment”, and are within the regional urban containment boundary. Mixed Employment areas are intended for future industrial, commercial and other employment related uses to help meet the needs of the regional economy. Mixed Employment area, such as this, which are located outside of Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas are primarily intended for industrial and business uses that would not normally be attracted to those more urban locations.


In Surrey, the Official Community Plan “OCP” Bylaw provides the overarching policy framework for the growth and future land uses, and is to be consistent with the RGS. Secondary Land Use Plans (Such as Local Area Plans “LAPs” or Neighbourhood Concept Plans “NCPs) are then also created in some areas to provide more details and development consideration, which are approved by City Council by resolution. The Current OCP designation for these Federal lands is Currently “Mixed Employment”. These MIXED EMPLOYMENT designation areas are intended to support a mix of industrial, commercial, business and office uses.


In 2000, Surrey City Council endorsed Corporate Report C018 which approved the Secondary Plan ( Local Area Plan “LAP”) for North Campbell Heights, including the Land Use Concept Plan. The land use concept is consistent with the RGS and OCP. The Federal Owned Lands) are identified as future “Technology Park and Business Park” and a portion of “Open Space Corridors/Buffers” in the North Campbell Heights Plan.


Every property in the City of Surrey is assigned a zone. These zones are regulated in the Zoning Bylaw 12000 and the Zoning Bylaw 12000 Schedules. Zoning dictates what can be done on the property (today). These lands (Federal lands) are currently zoned General Agricultural (A-1), in the Zoning Bylaw. The A-1 Zone is intended to accommodate agriculture uses on lots of a minimum size of 2 ha. A future rezoning on the property to something other than Agricultural uses, would need to be part of a larger significant rezoning and development application review process, including public hearings. Any rezoning in the city is expected to be consistent with Secondary Plans (LAPs), OCP, and RGS.

Preservation of Agriculture - Request)

In order to effectively ‘down designate’ the future uses of these lands, to maintain ‘agricultural use’ as you inquired about; an amendment to the LAP, OCP and possibly the RGS the would be required. Any Amendment of this significance would need to come from a resolution of Surrey City Council in terms of the LAP and OCP, and the Metro Vancouver board in the case of the RGS. To have these lands designated as “Agricultural” rather than “Mixed Employment” and “Technology Park and Business Park”, would also characteristically be done at the request of a land use application by the land owner, and/or City Council directly. Unless city staff receive direction from Surrey City Council through Senior Management, in order to pursue such an amendment process to down-designated and deviate from existing land use plans directives in the area, the current LAP, OCP, and RGS designation will persist.

That all said, please note that, until such time as a rezoning is applied for, considered, and approved, these lands will remain agriculturally zoned. Only if the federal government applies for a rezoning would a change in use be considered long term; so an understanding of the long term goals for these lands by the federal government would really determine if/when any change to land use may occur. Any rezoning would be subject to formal public hearing and review process through Surrey City Council. I am not currently aware about the long term planning for these lands by the federal government, nor any rezoning application for the properties.

So, overall, In terms of methods to pursue your objectives of maintaining the agricultural uses on these federal lands indefinitely, that would need to come from Surrey City Council and possibly Metro Vancouver, (in conversation with the Federal government). At this time it is not something city staff has received direction on nor could pursue autonomously, as it would deviate from current Regional and City plans and policies for the area.

If you would like discuss this item or land use processes further feel free to reach out to me at 604-591-4485 or follow up via email.

Best Regards,



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Planning & Development Department

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Subject: Email response

Mr. Kischnick,

I wonder if you received the following email. It was sent to your offices in June, but perhaps it went astray.

Can you advise?


Nigel Bell

From: Nigel Bell Sent: Monday, June 7, 2021 11:21 AM To: Cc: Rod Hull; Sarah Dennis Subject: Federal Land within the Campbell Heights Development

Dear Markus Kischnick,

Recent communication with Mark Sadoway of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs suggested that you may be the appropriate contact for raising the possibility of changes to the Campbell Heights Development plans.

The 300 acres of federal property bordering Langley, 36 Ave., and 192nd St. Have been identified as part of future Campbell Heights development. Two thirds of the current use of the property are agriculture, and have been in production for almost 50 years feeding the lower mainland. The remaining one third is forested, and is enjoyed as a park and preserve by local residents.

Our intent is to explore the possibility that the Campbell Heights plans exclude these federal lands. Our efforts and activity toward preserving existing use have been documented on the website

So, given that the possibility exists that changes can be made to the Campbell Heights plans, perhaps you can advise us about how to approach this objective.


Nigel Bell

Cc: Rod Hull, Sarah Dennis

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