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Jul 19, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Approves Vision for Northwest Burke

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 18, 2017 – Following an extensive public consultation process, the City of Coquitlam has approved the Northwest Burke Vision (NBV).

The Northwest Burke Vision area includes about 400 hectares (990 acres) of mostly undeveloped lands, bordered by Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Upper Hyde Creek, Smiling Creek and Partington Creek neighbourhoods and quarry lands. The area includes diverse landscapes including steep hillsides and streams.

The Vision provides high-level land use, access and servicing concepts, as well as a phasing plan that will provide guidance for future planning over the next 30 years. 

The Vision is an important step in making the transition from the goals of the Regional Context Statement and the policy direction of the Official Community Plan to community-level planning in order to ensure that planned growth in Northeast Coquitlam occurs in an orderly manner.

The Northwest Burke Vision was developed through a three-phase process:

  • Phase One: development of a high-level understanding of the area’s topographical, geotechnical and environmental constraints and opportunities.
  • Phase Two: using the results of Phase One, identify potential land use, related public facility needs, access and utility servicing ideas and options.
  • Phase Three: combining the technical outcomes and public feedback gathered during Phases One and Two into a draft vision document.

The Phase Three public consultation, through May and June 2017, did receive overall positive public feedback, with some continued refinement to happen through future neighbourhood planning processes. 

Based on the feedback received, some minor revisions have been made to provide clarity for specific sections of the document, including minor modifications to text and mapping to more clearly communicate the intention of the NBV as a high-level vision document.

Key highlights of the NBV include:

  • Land Use Overlay that outlines a generalized pattern for the entire area;
  • Road and Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trail Network Concepts that link together areas within the NBV area, as well as to the broader community;
  • Utility Servicing Concepts for water, sanitary and drainage;
  • Specific Neighbourhood Planning Considerations identifies specific planning considerations, including place-making guidelines, for four potential neighbourhood planning areas;
  • Implementation measures for neighbourhood planning that emphasize sensitive site design by working with the natural topography; and
  • Phasing Plan to guide the sequencing of potential neighbourhood planning areas. The phasing order is determined by a set of criteria and priority is given to those planning areas that meet the majority of the phasing criteria.  

The next step in the Northwest Burke Vision process is to move into neighbourhood planning, which will be considered through the City’s annual Business Plan process with the Hazel-Coy neighbourhood being recommended for consideration in the 2018 Business Plan.

Additionally, following Council direction, Coquitlam staff will be seeking to establish an inter-municipal working group with Port Coquitlam City staff in order to ensure dialogue and collaboration on issues related to these neighbourhoods as they move forward.

Creating a Vision for Northwest Burke helps Coquitlam to meet the City’s obligations under Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy – a collective plan for how the region will accommodate one million more residents by 2040.

For more information, or to read the Northwest Burke Vision document, visit www.coquitlam.ca/nbv.

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Media contact:
Jim McIntyre
General Manager, Planning & Development
604-927-3401