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Sep 15, 2017 Return to Headlines

Feedback Sought on Streetscape Upgrade Initiative

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, September 15, 2017 – Coquitlam is seeking feedback until Sept. 29, 2017 on proposed development changes that would help upgrade the streetscapes in some of the city’s older neighbourhoods.

Proposed changes to the City’s single-family frontage works requirements would require any single-family home built in southwest Coquitlam to either bring the adjacent streetscape to a modern urban standard – for example, with curbs, sidewalks and rear lane improvements – or make a cash payment to be used for City-funded streetscape upgrades.

At the moment, streetscape upgrades are required for duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes in the area, but not for one-for-one replacements of single-family homes. As redevelopment activity has ramped up in southwest Coquitlam, this has resulted in a variety of streetscape standards in the area.

The proposed changes would not only increase fairness, but also ensure all construction activity in southwest Coquitlam contributes to the upgrading of the area’s streets to a consistent standard.

The plan also includes the introduction of an annual works program for upgrading older roads in southwest Coquitlam neighbourhoods with high levels of construction and population growth.

Some funding for the works program would come from cash-in-lieu payments by projects that meet certain criteria, such as if adjacent properties have a lesser streetscape standard and are unlikely to redevelop, or if there is a pending City or local improvement project planned.

Additional actions being considered by the City include:

  • Establishing a City capital works program that would make block-by-block street upgrades when funding is available; and
  • Establishing cost-recovery mechanisms for frontage works completed by the City in advance of the subdivision or development of adjacent properties.

Details of the proposed changes are included in a staff report posted at www.coquitlam.ca/streetscape.

Feedback from property owners and the development community may be emailed to jcordoni@coquitlam.ca by Sept. 29 and will be considered before City Council’s final consideration of the initiative this fall. The City is also seeking comment from the Urban Development Institute, Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association and area builders and developers.

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


 

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