Heritage Management Strategy

The Heritage Management Strategy will build on the City’s history of heritage conservation and develop an overarching and comprehensive framework to guide the assessment and preservation of heritage resources (both built and natural). The Strategy will also establish priorities to focus the efforts of staff and determine the most suitable approaches and tools to achieve various objectives.

On July 27, the project team shared an update with council on the development of the Heritage Management Strategy. This included a summary of the work undertaken to date, as well as a presentation on draft heritage themes.

How to Participate

The City is engaging the public this month in a discussion about all types of heritage – buildings, landscapes, culture and more – to help shape Coquitlam’s first Heritage Management Strategy since 2001. 

Visit letstalkcoquitlam.ca/heritage from Oct. 6 to 31 to complete an online survey and try out digital tools for sharing ideas and mapping important heritage sites.   

Heritage Themes

The Heritage Management Strategy will utilize a thematic framework to help identify and recognize a range of sites that represent aspects of our local and regional history. Thematic frameworks are a cornerstone of contemporary heritage conservation planning and will assist in the development of policies and tools that will be the focus of the forthcoming draft Heritage Management Strategy.

Themes can be understood as key ideas for describing a major historical force or process that has contributed to the development of a place. The draft themes are:

  • Uplands to lowlands – the impacts of natural geography;
  • Regional nucleus – governance and institutions such as the relocated downtown, Riverview, schools and Tri-Cities context;
  • Diverse landscape, diverse people – the evolution of settlement and multiculturalism;
  • Sustenance economy to commercial centre – changes to the local economy over time;
  • Natural/cultural convergence – community life, events and parks;
  • Canoe route to Skytrain – transportation and communication; and
  • Evolving community identity – culture, local achievements and urban/neighbourhood identity.

These themes will continue to evolve based on feedback from Council, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, stakeholder groups and the public.

(For a detailed review of how thematic frameworks are used and more information about the draft themes, click HERE)

Next Steps

The project team will be engaging with stakeholder groups and the public in order to amend or refine the themes and then develop the overall vision of the strategy.

In addition to ongoing engagement with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, staff will engage with key stakeholder groups and launch a public survey in early fall to gather feedback from the community at large.

The final policy work will be completed over the fall, leading to the presentation of a draft strategy to Council in early 2021. The Heritage Management Strategy is expected to be completed next year.

  1. Reports to Council/Committee
  2. Background Documents

Stay Connected

Stay up-to-date on the project by subscribing to the Heritage Management Strategy email updates.