City Centre Area Plan Update

The City of Coquitlam is updating the existing 2008 City Centre Area Plan (CCAP) to look at creating higher densities, mixed use, and pedestrian-friendly development along the Evergreen Line stations in City Centre. With feedback gathered over the last two years from residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders a draft plan is now ready for public feedback.

The Draft CCAP charts a renewed course for the future of City Centre and will influence the way the community grows by guiding decisions on land use, environment, transportation, and urban design to strengthen City Centre as the downtown and ’heart’ of Coquitlam and the northeast region.

Key directions proposed in the draft CCAP include:

  • Creating a Vibrant Downtown Core
  • Establishing a Strong Employment Base
  • Building a Family-Friendly Downtown
  • Enhanced Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Integrating and Connecting the Downtown
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The CCAP update is being undertaken in a focused manner over two project phases, beginning in the winter of 2017 with a targeted completion date of Fall 2020.

We are currently in Phase 2 of the CCAP update (see the following for more information).

Phase 1: Re-Discovering City Centre

December 2017 to Summer 2018

The first phase investigated the existing context of the Plan area in order to inform a discussion on City Centre’s identity and character. Through this analysis, early policy directions that strengthen and reflect City Centre’s identity were explored.

Phase 2: Shaping the Future of City Centre

Fall 2018 to Fall 2020

Findings from Phase 1 have been synthesized into a draft Plan containing a proposed land use concept with associated policies and guidelines on transportation, parks and recreation, environment, utilities and urban design. A Servicing Assessment has also been prepared providing a high level ‘snapshot’ of estimated costs and proposed funding sources for servicing requirements that are needed to support the implementation of the CCAP.

Why Are We Updating the Plan?

City Centre - Coquitlam’s downtown - is made up of retail, office, industrial, cultural, recreational and educational services. It is an important community gathering place both for the residents and businesses of Coquitlam and the region, and where the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension (Evergreen Line) begins.

The opening of the Evergreen Line in December 2016 is a significant transportation investment. It offers a critical and timely opportunity to shape future growth along the Evergreen Line and create livable and vibrant neighbourhoods as development interest increases.

The City of Coquitlam is updating the existing 2008 City Centre Area Plan (CCAP) to look at creating higher densities, mixed use, and pedestrian friendly development along the Evergreen Line stations in City Centre. The CCAP update ("the Plan") will also be guided by the policies of the 2012 Transit Oriented Development Strategy (TDS) (PDF).

Building on Past Decisions

The City Centre Area Plan update will build upon the many important past decisions by the City and community over the years to put in place the various public amenities and facilities currently within City Centre, such as:

  • City Hall (which relocated to City Centre from Maillardville in 1998)
  • City of Coquitlam Aquatic Centre
  • Coquitlam Centre
  • Douglas College
  • Evergreen Cultural Centre
  • The Evergreen Line, including the City’s initiative to co-fund Lincoln Station as part of a public-private partnership
  • Glen Pine Pavillion and Spirit Square
  • Lafarge Lake and Town Centre Park and Plaz
  • Pinetree Community Centre

These milestones decisions, or "big moves", have begun to shape City Centre’s character as a regional City Centre and Coquitlam’s downtown. Development has also gradually transformed City Centre with urban, high rise, mixed-use buildings over the past two decades, contributing to a steadily growing population, and creating more of a downtown feel.

Continuing to strengthen City Centre’s identity as the urban "heart" of Coquitlam and the region, and building on the past big moves is an essential goal of the Plan update. Part of this is providing a thriving hub of diverse activities in City Centre for both residents and businesses. The CCAP update will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of employment opportunities, and flexible and adaptable buildings that accommodate changes in use over time.

Focus Area of the Plan Update

The CCAP update will consider growth in City Centre for the next 25 years and focus on the areas close to the Evergreen Line, also referred to as the Core, Shoulder and Transit Corridor areas identified for City Centre within the TDS (PDF) (City Centre Core, Shoulder and Transit Corridor Map (PDF)).

By initially focusing future development around the Evergreen Line stations, the CCAP update will continue to strengthen City Centre’s role as a hub of activity and concentrate on increasing housing and employment choices close to rapid transit. City Centre is thus well positioned to accommodate future development given the existing high rises and large blocks along the Evergreen Line.

The established neighbourhoods beyond the TDS areas (e.g., Eagle Ridge, New Horizons) are characterized by homes built primarily during the 1970s and 1980s. Based on the age of this housing stock, and the role it plays in providing a range of affordable housing choices in Coquitlam, these areas are beyond the focus of the current CCAP update.