Planning & Development

The Planning and Development Department is responsible for developing a wide range of plans for land use and other City initiatives. The Department is also responsible for processing applications for buildings and subdivisions, site preparation, land use changes and development proposals.

Planning for the future needs of the community includes policies and plans for managing urban development and growth. Plans for guiding the growth of Coquitlam incorporate transportation systems, environmental considerations, infrastructure requirements, business and service opportunities, heritage planning neighbourhood characteristics and amenities. Planning of this scope requires extensive collaboration and research. Guided by Council’s vision, staff work with other levels of government, the private sector and the public to ensure that the City’s planning and development is consistent with local, regional, provincial and federal plans and projects.

The City of Coquitlam has a Citywide Official Community Plan that includes policies and plans at a general level for the whole City, as well as individual area and neighbourhood plans. By following these plans and policies, Coquitlam can manage growth and change appropriately, so residents and businesses will have the amenities and infrastructure necessary for a safe and desirable community life.

Using these policies and plans as a guide, the Planning and Development Department reviews proposed development projects and advises Council on how and where development should proceed, along with specific considerations, such as urban design, heritage and environmental protection, and servicing requirements. On subdivision, plumbing and building matters, department staff are responsible for approving applications as well as conducting inspections on construction to ensure consistency and conformance with legislation, City bylaws and Council policies.

Planning & Development


General Manager - Jim McIntyre
Phone: 604-927-3400
Fax: 604-927-3405

Development Inquiries
Phone: 604-927-3430

Building Permit Inquiries
Phone: 604-927-3441