2015

Jun 09, 2015 Return to Headlines

Share Your Feedback on Housing Affordability

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 1, 2015 – Members of the public will have their say on Coquitlam’s draft Framework for an updated Housing Affordability Strategy.

Recognizing that other levels of government have primary responsibility for affordable housing, the City of Coquitlam is reviewing what role it should play in this issue, and looking for public input on this topic.

The public is invited to attend a Community Information Session on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the main atrium of Coquitlam City Hall (3000 Guildford Way).

This session will present information and seek feedbck on the draft Framework and the development of the Housing Affordability Strategy, including possible funding models and trade-offs. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback. 

The Information Session builds on group presentations and stakeholder consultations that have been taking place since October 2014.

Feedback will be used to create the draft Housing Affordability Strategy, including an Implementation Plan, which will be presented to Council for consideration and adoption later in 2015.

Through the Housing Affordability Strategy, Coquitlam’s goal is to work with partners from the non-profit, private and public sectors to ensure that a wide variety of housing types, sizes, tenures and prices can be offered in Coquitlam in the years to come.

The draft framework is organized around a straightforward approach with four key objectives that form policy cornerstones including: 

 

  • Fostering market innovation;
  • A more flexible affordable housing fund;
  • A focus on all aspects of affordable living; and
  • Building strong partnerships that are critical to creating effective solutions.

 

Residents unable to attend the Community Information Session can read the draft Framework and presentation boards, and submit their feedback via a questionnaire online at www.coquitlam.ca/housing.  

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