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May 02, 2017 Return to Headlines

Burquitlam-Lougheed Plan Reaches Key Milestone

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 2, 2017 – After more than two years of planning and public feedback, the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan moved into its final phase this week. 

Monday night, Coquitlam Council gave first reading to the plan that will guide growth in the neighbourhoods near North and Clarke Roads over the next 20 to 25 years. The plan envisions walkable, complete and transit-oriented neighbourhoods that feature a mix of housing types and access to shopping, jobs and amenities.

The plan embodies the priorities and values of the area’s approximately 20,000 residents and 370 businesses, captured in an extensive consultation process that included seven open houses, three online surveys, a public advisory group, stakeholder meetings, a website, video, social media, direct mail and other outreach. 

In all, there were more than 93,000 public interactions throughout the plan development, including more than 4,700 face-to-face contacts, submissions, letters and meeting attendance. 

Area residents, businesses and stakeholders will have one more opportunity to comment on the draft plan and the related bylaw changes at the Public Hearing on June 26, 7 p.m. in the Council chambers. 

Spurred by the growth and opportunities related to the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension, the new plan will replace the existing 2002 Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plan and 2002 Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan. 

Throughout the plan development, the overarching intent has been to maintain the quality of life of existing residents while managing growth and change. Up to 9,000-10,000 new homes are anticipated in the area over the next 20 to 25 years, roughly a doubling of the current homes. 

The plan identifies the infrastructure, services and facilities necessary to support the anticipated growth, while calling for a mix of housing types. Higher-density high-rise development will be centred around the SkyTrain stations and along the North Road transit corridor, giving way to medium-density homes (such as townhouses, row homes and quadriplexes) and single-family homes further away.   

Robust urban design policy incorporated in the plan will ensure the design of new developments will recognize neighbourhood landmarks and character, provide public open spaces, and promote walking and transit use. 

More information, a copy of the draft plan and a video summary can be found on the project webpage

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Media contact:
Andrew Merrill
Major Project Planner, Community Planning
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3416
amerrill@coquitlam.ca