In 2001, a core group of concerned business and property owners in Whalley met to discuss issues of concern in their community. This ad hoc group was interested in the Business Improvement Area (BIA) concept, and saw this as a promising planning and economic development tool for the area.
Two years later the group was successful and The Whalley Business Improvement Area (BIA) was created in April 2003. This was made possible through the adoption of a special bylaw by Surrey City Council. Under the direction of the Whalley Business Association Society (WBAS), the BIA had an initial mandate of five years – from April 1st, 2003 to March 31st, 2008. The Whalley BIA comprised a vast area of approximately 414 acres in North Surrey. The BIA stretches along the King George Boulevard from 96 to 112 Avenues and is roughly bounded on the west and east by University Drive and Whalley Boulevard.
In 2007, the members voted to change the name of the organization to the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.
- Creating a vibrant, safe, and livable downtown
- Fostering positive community and government partnerships
- Supporting positive investment climate
- Collaborating for a safer community
- Promoting revitalization and community development