2015

Mar 02, 2015 Return to Headlines

Visioning Underway for Northwest Burke

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, March 2, 2015 – Phase One is underway for the formal visioning process for the northwest area of Burke Mountain.

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.

When complete, the Vision will provide 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 Northwest Burke Vision is being 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 key document for discussion in Phase One will be a Constraints and Opportunities Report. This foundational report examines the lands in the vision area to determine physical and environmental constraints, and potential areas for future urban development, views and green space.

The assessment has determined that approximately 102 (low range) to 144 (high range) hectares of land are potentially available for future neighbourhoods in the Northwest Burke Vision area.

This background research will be used to guide future land use, access and servicing concepts for Phase Two. 

Each phase of the visioning process will include an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to provide feedback. A community information session for Phase One will be held in late March/early April where the public will have a chance to review information about Phase One, including the Constraints and Opportunities Report, and provide feedback to help guide the development of the Vision.

For more information on the Northwest Burke Vision, or to read the full Constraints and Opportunities Report, visit www.coquitlam.ca/nbv.

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Media contact:
Jim McIntyre, MCIP, RPP
General Manager, Planning and Development
604-927-3401