On Monday, June 26, 2017, Coquitlam Council adopted the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan and associated Zoning and OCP amendments. The new Plan will guide growth in the neighbourhoods near North and Clarke Roads over the next 20 to 25 years. The plan envisions walkable, complete and transit-oriented neighbourhoods that feature a mix of housing types and access to shopping, jobs and amenities.
The plan embodies the priorities and values of the area’s approximately 20,000 residents and 370 businesses, captured in an extensive consultation process that included seven open houses, three online surveys, a public advisory group, stakeholder meetings, a website, video, social media, direct mail and other outreach. In all, there were more than 4,700 face-to-face contacts, throughout the plan development.
The plan identifies the infrastructure, services, parks and facilities necessary to support the anticipated growth, while calling for a mix of housing types. Higher-density high-rise development will be centred around the SkyTrain stations and along North Road, giving way to medium-density homes (such as townhouses, row homes and 4-plexes) and single-family homes further away. Up to 9,000 to 10,000 new homes are anticipated in the area over the next 20 to 25 years.
Robust urban design policy incorporated in the plan will ensure the design of new developments will recognize neighbourhood landmarks and character, provide public open spaces, and promote walking and transit use.
The video below explains the process we undertook to develop the Draft BLNP. We have participated in more than 2000 interactions with the public including community information meetings, online surveys, comment forms, social media, in person, by phone and email. Your opinions matter now as we present the Draft BLNP, so please watch this video and take our online survey to tell us what you think.
The draft BLNP builds on key learnings from previous neighbourhood planning processes, and includes new policy directions that recognize the influence of the Evergreen Line on shaping future growth, provide improved land use certainty within Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhoods, and include land uses that accommodate a range of development forms and residential types that transition out from the Evergreen Line.
A key Plan enhancement involves more robust urban design policy (Section 4) to ensure new development has a high-degree of architectural excellence that recognizes/capitalizes on ’landmark’ sites, is walkable and transit supportive, and enhances neighbourhood character with active ground-floors, human-scale design and public open spaces and plazas.