July 31, 2012
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Coquitlam Council News in Brief for the Week of July 30, 2012
It was a busy Council meeting for Coquitlam City Council on Monday, July 30, 2012
Following a lengthy Public Hearing, Council unanimously approved new bylaws with the authority to regulate the production and distribution of medical marijuana grown in licensed operations. Council's decision followed lengthy discussions where all sides of the sensitive issue were presented by citizens representing various positions.
What's in a Name?
Apparently quite a lot when you are naming one of the stations destined for the Coquitlam portion of the Evergreen Line. Officials from TransLink advised Coquitlam City Council about a number of regulations and rules associated with naming the stations. Preventing confusion for riders and establishing names with a long shelf life are at the centre of the TransLink mandate. Council members provided some reaction and guidance to TransLink officials who unveiled several concepts and are still in the working stages of the project.
Still with Evergreen-related Issues
The Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TDS) is a "go." Aimed directly at issues surrounding ongoing development adjacent to stations along the new Evergreen Line in Coquitlam, the new strategy will give clear and defined direction around a number of planning and community issues facing residents and the City of Coquitlam. Coquitlam City Council has been part of the process and provided critical input as the concept moved forward to reality. Several major issues surrounding parking and rental housing in the Burquitlam area will be the focus of the ongoing work of the City's TDS team.
Another Piece of the Tourism Puzzle
Looking for a hotel room in Coquitlam will become much easier in the years ahead. Coquitlam City Council has approved the construction of a new hotel in the United Boulevard area. A Great Canadian Hotel and Conference facility will rise adjacent to the existing casino . As well as 176 more hotel rooms, the 10-storey facility will also feature a new café, banquet and conference centre adjacent to the Highway 1 corridor.
Going for Gold
The City of Coquitlam's bid to potentially host the BC Summer Games has been given the green light. The bid package will go forward in the fall of 2012 for review by the provincial governing body. Coquitlam is one of several communities vying to host the event. Coquitlam is requesting consideration for the 2016 or the 2018 summer competition.
Check Out the New Checkout
The Safeway grocery store on Austin Avenue will be replaced by a building that has several design amenities aimed at improving not only the look, but the function of the market in the neighborhood. Special attention will be made to the facades of the building that face both Austin and Ridgeway Avenues.
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