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Mar 01, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Exploring Expansion of Community Amenity Contribution Program

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, March 1, 2016 – Coquitlam is considering the expansion of its current Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) program to make it city-wide for all new residential development that requires rezoning. 

The proposed CAC program expansion, if approved by Council, will help fund the capital cost of major new parks, recreation and cultural facilities. This is an important program in Coquitlam and is needed for the City to provide community amenities (e.g. parks, trails, and community and recreation facilities) that keep pace with population growth. The existing CAC program currently only applies in the Burquitlam-Lougheed transit corridor, where it is being used to help fund a new community centre in that area.

As part of considering the city-wide expansion of the CAC program, the City is seeking input on the proposed changes. Residents, developers and the public are invited to provide feedback on the proposed expansion. Feedback can be provided online at coquitlam.ca/cacprogram

CACs are a voluntary financial contribution made by an applicant to a municipality at the time of rezoning of a property to ensure new growth supports the provision of new amenities for the community. The CAC program does not apply to commercial, industrial or institutional development.  

Many Metro Vancouver municipalities have CAC programs, each of which varies in how it is applied. The proposed CAC rates for Coquitlam are:

  • 32.29 per sq. m. ($3.00 per sq. ft.) for new multifamily residential floorspace;
  • $5,500 for large one-family lots equal to or greater than 375 sq.m. (4,037 sq. ft.);
  • $4,800 for small one-family lots less than 375 sq. m.

The multi-family rate is the same rate that currently applies the existing Burquitlam-Lougheed CAC program area.

Additional program information is available online at coquitlam.ca/cacprogram.

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Media contact:

Jim McIntyre, General Manager Planning and Development
604-927-3401
jmcintyre@coquitlam.ca