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Jan 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

Community to Help Shape Final Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Coquitlam City Council received the draft Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) on Dec. 12, 2016 and has directed staff to proceed with the third phase of public consultation on the draft plan and land use concept.

Residents, businesses and stakeholders are invited to attend one of the following community information drop-in sessions to review the draft BLNP and provide feedback:

  • Wed., Feb. 1, 4 -8 p.m. in the gymnasium at Coquitlam College, 516 Brookmere Avenue, Coquitlam, BC.
  • Wed., Feb. 8, 5 – 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at Mediated Learning Academy, 550 Thompson Ave, Coquitlam, BC.
  • Sat. Feb. 11,  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the gymnasium at Roy Stibbs Elementary Scool, 600 Fairview Street, Coquitlam BC.

These community information sessions are a drop-in format and will provide a forum for residents and stakeholders to review draft land use concepts, learn about future parks, transportation, amenity and servicing options, and provide feedback to help shape the new neighbourhood plan.

Some of the draft Plan highlights include:

  • new policies that recognize the influence of SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension on future growth,
  • improved land use certainty within Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhoods,
  • land uses that accommodate a range of housing options to help meet the needs of a variety of families,
  • providing transportation choice to encourage walking, cycling and transit use, and
  • expanded and enhanced parks and amenities.

The draft BLNP envisions that Burquitlam and Lougheed will become complete, transit-oriented neighbourhoods that contain a range of housing options close to shopping, employment, and other community amenities.

A key plan enhancement involves more robust urban design policy to ensure new development has a high-degree of architectural excellence, is walkable and transit supportive, and enhances neighbourhood character with active, public, open spaces, plazas and landmark buildings.

The draft Plan builds on the input provided by over 2,500 direct participants during phases one and two of the plan development.

Following Phase three of public consultation on the draft BLNP and land use concepts, staff will report back to Council on the feedback received and proposed Plan refinements, and will bring forward the finalized draft BLNP for Council consideration of adoption by mid-2017.

Around 15,000-20,000 new residents are expected to call this area home by 2041, in addition to the 20,000 residents there today.

The updated BLNP will become part of the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP) to help guide future neighbourhood growth and development for the next 20 to 25 years, especially around SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension. Bsed on this, a large part of the draft BLNP involves ensuring that community amenities, such as park space and recreational facilities are achieved as the neighbourhood grows.

Complete information on the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Planning process is available at www.coquitlam.ca/blnp. Residents are encouraged to complete an online survey in response to the draft BLNP and they can also sign up to receive project updates via email at that same webpage.

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Media contact:
Carl Johannsen
Manager, Community Planning
P: 604-927-3486