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Input Sought for Industrial Zone Consolidation

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COQUITLAM, BC, July 7, 2014 – The City of Coquitlam is seeking the input of industrial property and business owners and the real estate community over the next month as it proceeds with a review and consolidation of its industrial zones.

As part of the City’s action plan to be more business-friendly, the current nine industrial zones are to be replaced with three new proposed zones to better meet the needs of the business community, provide a broader range of permitted activities, and be more flexible for the property users. The project was initiated in response to input from the local business community.

Industrial property owners, realtors and other stakeholders are invited to attend an information meeting on July 24, 3 to 7 pm in the upper lobby at the Hard Rock Casino (2080 United Blvd.). Participants will be able to learn more and ask questions about the review and new zones, share their ideas with staff and neighbours, and provide their comments to the City. 

Those interested in the industrial zone review are also invited to:

All written feedback must be received by Aug. 7.

The City intends to assign all existing industrial zoned properties to a new zone that best fits their existing activities. 

The three new proposed zones are:

  • General Industrial (M-1) – intended to accommodate a wide range of industrial uses that require either enclosed or outdoor space. This zone is not generally located near residential or other non-industrial areas.
  • Industrial Business (M-2) – intended to provide for most types of industrial uses that operate inside a building or enclosed space. This zone will permit a limited amount of commercial, retail and office uses related to the industrial use.
  • Business Zone (B-1) – intended to provide for most type of industrial, general office, large-format retail and commercial recreation uses that are located inside a building or enclosed space. A limited amount of space can be used for restaurants and grocery stores.

In many cases the change will have no affect on the business operations, other than a new zone name.  While most of the zone assignments are straightforward, in a few cases the City is meeting with property owners to determine the best zone that fits their uses. 

After the public consultation stage ends on Aug. 7, City staff will review and summarize the public’s comments and report back to Council. If there are no outstanding issues, the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments will be brought to Council in fall 2014 for consideration of first reading and referral to Public Hearing in late fall or early 2015. 

Further information, including a map and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/industrialzones.

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For more information, media may contact:
Erica Tiffany
Supervisor Development Planning
604-927-3410
etiffany@coquitlam.ca