'Trucker's oasis' proposed for area near British Columbia, Washington border

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 9/29/2015

Truckers driving across the Canadian border in northwest Washington may have more parking options in the future and possibly a business opportunity. The early planning stages of a 76-acre parking facility are underway in the British Columbia city of Surrey.

City officials have confirmed to Land Line that a proposal for a truck-only parking area is under review. A company doing business as GG Metro Holdings is behind what it is calling a “trucker’s oasis.”

In a presentation to the Transportation Committee obtained by Land Line, the 76-acre site will be along 16th Avenue in Surrey, which is already a truck route that limits exposure to residential areas. Landscaping is suggested to block the view of the truck park from the public. The proposed location is near the U.S. border, Deltaport and Abbotsford Airport.

According to the presentation and corporate reports from the general managers of Surrey’s Planning and Development department and Engineering department, the burden of cost has been a major hurdle in the planning process. Several areas are off the table for consideration due to either government restrictions or lack of willingness from nearby residents or landowners. Current market value yields a hefty price tag.

A possible solution: co-op or fractional ownership options.

Planners have estimated that 1 acre of land will cost $1 million. The solution to that extreme cost is to divide the cost of 1 acre among 25 truck drivers. Anywhere between 5 and 10 acres would be available for approximately 200 supply units, with a maximum of 250 supply units. The total cost for the investment for each trucker would total to $50,000: $40,000 for the land and an additional $10,000 for land improvements.

The proposal envisions a “one-stop shop” for the parking area, including wash rooms, maintenance and tire repair. Other features may include 24/7 security and office space for the small-business owner-operator.

The review of the final plan is not expected to be completed until sometime between November 2016 and March 2017.

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