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Nov 30, 2017 Return to Headlines

City Initiative Will Boost Upgrades of Older Streetscapes

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 30, 2017 – More curbs, sidewalks and other streetscape upgrades are in store for older southwest Coquitlam neighbourhoods starting next year.

Taking effect Jan. 5, 2018, changes to the City’s single-family frontage works requirements will ensure all new single-family homes built in southwest Coquitlam will contribute to upgrading the adjacent streetscape to a modern urban standard – including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and rear lane improvements – just like all other development in the area.

Previously, one-for-one replacements of single-family homes were exempt from this requirement, leading to a mix of old and new streetscape standards as redevelopment activity has ramped up in older neighbourhoods. Data from 2015 and 2016 shows that about 75 single-family homes are constructed in the area each year. 

The new requirements mean that, as of 2018, anyone redeveloping a property and applying to build a new single-family home in southwest Coquitlam will either: 

  • Upgrade the section of street adjacent to their property themselves; or
  • Make a cash payment based on the value of the required works toward future City-funded streetscape upgrades. 

The program will only affect new development or subdivision applications for single-family home construction submitted after Jan. 5, 2018. It will not apply to:

  • Additions, renovations or repairs on fire damage;
  • Projects with an estimated value of less than $150,000; or
  • Other homes on the street that are not undergoing development. 

Other changes taking effect in the New Year to boost streetscape improvements in southwest Coquitlam include:

  • An annual dedicated streetscape upgrade program funded by the collected cash payments;
  • A cost-recovery mechanism from future development and subdivision applications on streets where the City has already completed upgrades; and
  • City contributions to the program for streetscape works in areas without developer-funded upgrades. 

Bylaw amendments to enable the new program were approved on Nov. 6, 2017 incorporating feedback from a two-month notification and consultation period in August and September that included newspaper advertising, online information, email bulletins to local and regional builders and developers, and direct outreach to developer organizations (Urban Development Institute and Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association). 

Details and background are posted on the Streetscape webpage.

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Media contact:
George Fujii
Director of Development Services
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3490
gfujii@coquitlam.ca