15-Minute Neighbourhoods

Understanding community perspectives on 15-minute neighbourhoods

This study seeks to gather information on what Surrey residents think about the 15-minute neighbourhood planning approach. Input will be used to define and map out those amenities which residents feel would best improve quality of life, support health, and reduce inequities.

Current neighbourhood design has led to many health challenges and social inequities. The 15-minute neighbourhood planning approach aims to ensure people live close to amenities they need to meet there daily needs. However, different people may have different needs, and it is important that community voices are part of this planning.   


  • What services do residents want in and around their neighbourhoods?
  • What do residents think about their current neighbourhoods?
  • What do residents think about the idea of 15-minute neighbourhoods?

Surrey residents have the lived experience to answer these questions!

In 2023 we will reach out to speak with community organizations through World-Café-style workshops, small table discussions, and large group discussions to hear Surrey residents’ views. Those we speak with will have a chance to share their insights on what amenities are important to them, and what opportunities and concerns they see related to 15-minute neighbourhoods.

If you’re interested in learning more, or participating in these conversations, please contact the research team.


We will use what we hear to develop a community-informed definition of 15-minute neighbourhoods. We will also map out 15-minute neighbourhoods and the residents’ desired amenities for a graduate thesis project and for the City of Surrey. These maps will be shared with community groups, city staff, and posted here on our website when available.


This study is led by researchers from the REACH-Cities project in partnership with the City of Surrey, SFU Surrey and SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). Project funding was obtained from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through to 2024.