Johnston Road Gateway Feature

Please click on one of the following items for further information regarding the Johnston Road Gateway Feature (the "Gateway Feature"):

Gateway Feature - Summary and Overview

In 2011, the City of White Rock approved the Town Centre Urban Design Plan that envisioned the Town Centre as a dynamic, people-friendly mixed commercial/residential centre with a thriving business environment. The Johnston Road Streetscape Revitalization Project, the Gateway Feature, and the Town Square project that the City is currently carrying out came out of the Town Centre Urban Design Plan, thanks to the community’s feedback.

For many years there has been a strong interest expressed by City Council, arts and cultural committees of Council, business leaders and members of the public for an landmark or ‘Gateway Feature’ (such as an archway) at the main entry point to the City at the intersection of North Bluff Avenue and Johnston Road.

This is in part due to City Council’s commitment to fostering an environment that differentiates White Rock from neighbouring communities and cities throughout Metro Vancouver by celebrating our unique seaside community, our lively arts and culture sector, our heritage, our Town Centre, and our desire for creating accessible public spaces that invite people to explore White Rock.

The Town Centre Urban Design Plan recommends the inclusion of a ‘Gateway Feature' in the Town Centre - including a welcome feature/sign and plazas - located at the intersection of Johnston Road and North Bluff Road. The Gateway Feature is also referenced in the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP).

Once built, the Johnston Road Gateway Feature will create a prominent welcoming entrance to the main entry point into the City and increase the resident and tourist draw to the Johnston Road ‘cultural corridor’ and the Town Centre/Uptown area.

Gateway Feature - Financing

At the regular meeting of Council on March 12, 2018, Council resolved to endorse the allocation of up to $1 million towards the selection, creation, and installation of a Gateway Feature at the intersection of Johnston Road and North Bluff Road.

The financing of the Gateway Feature will be supported entirely by Community Amenity Contributions (CACs), as received from major development projects across the City.

Would you like to know more? Check out the following links for electronic copies of the March 12, 2018 Regular Council report (starting page 59) and associated minutes (Item 5.2.4).

Gateway Project - Public Engagement and Consultation

There are two ways you can connect with us and provide your feedback about the City’s Gateway Feature option: in person at our upcoming Public Information Meeting, or online through our digital survey system!


Public Information Meeting | May 15, 2018

A number of potential Gateway Feature options for Johnston Road and North Bluff Road will be presented at our public information meeting, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Want details? We've provided the time, date, and location below:

  • Event: Gateway Feature Public Information Meeting
  • Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Start Time: 6:00 pm 
  • Location: At the White Rock Community Centre (Halls A & B), 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock 

At the Public Information Meeting, the proponent will provide short presentations on each option. City staff will be in attendence to answer questions, collect public feedback, and report to the Gateway Feature Selection Committee.


Digital Survey | May 9, 2018 to May 17, 2018

We will be asking everyone attending our public information meeting to fill this survey out as well. So, if you are not able to attend our public information on May 15, you can still help us gather feedback about the City’s Gateway Feature by completing this survey. 

The survey starts on May 9, 2018, and closes on May 17, 2018. It will take about 5 minutes to complete.  Please note that before you begin the survey, you must either sign into Talk White Rock or sign up if you haven't already done so.  For your convenience, we have created a "How to Create an Account" video that is available on the Talk White Rock homepage.   

Gateway Feature - Options

 Would you like to look at some of the options being considered for the Gateway Feature? Three options, as presented before the Gateway Feature Selection Committee, are available for your review below (for high resolution, please click on an image):