How to Plan for Growth

Like other BC municipalities, Coquitlam has an Official Community Plan (OCP), which is the City’s blueprint for guiding growth. The OCP provides a vision for the future use of land in the City and gives all property a Land Use Designation. Each Land Use Designation in the OCP has a number of Zones from the Zoning Bylaw that could be applied to the future use of property.

Official Community Plan (OCP) & Zoning Bylaw Overview

  • Land Use - describes the future uses and building types a property can have. Changing the land use designation required amendment the Official Community Plan but does not automatically change the zoning.
  • Zoning - specifies permitted uses, lot sizes, height, and setbacks as well as the maximum density of buildings.

Development Example - Building an Apartment Building

When a property owner decides to develop their land, certain permits, depending on the type of development, are required from the City. Please visit the Licences and Permits page to learn more about the different types of Development Permits and Building Permits. Each development application process is unique, so this video example is for general information only.

Property Owner Resources

If you are in a neighbourhood that is redeveloping you may be approached by a developer, or their agent, expressing interest in your property. While the City’s mandate does not extend to private real estate transactions, residents are encouraged to be informed before they make a decision related to land sales and the future development potential of their property.