Community Planning

The Community Planning Division works with the community to guide future growth—developing, implementing and updating policies relating to:

  • Land use planning, through the Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP)
  • Community Social Development issues, such as Child Care, Heritage, Homelessness, Housing Affordability and Multiculturalism
  • Reporting on and provide analyses of development statistics, population projections and census results

Each plan or strategy works within the broader objectives of the city, the region and the province, toward short-term and long-term goals. All community plans and strategies go through detailed planning, research, and analysis studies, as well as a comprehensive public consultation process with property owners, residents, and other stakeholders. 

The community plans and strategies are then formally adopted by Council as a policy guideline when considering things like rezoning and development applications. Community plans and strategies are living documents that can be amended from time to time by Council, to serve changing community and development needs.

Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP)

The Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP) is a comprehensive plan that guides the overall future of the City and provides a broad framework for managing future change.

City Centre Area Plan 

Coquitlam’s City Centre is one of eight designated Regional Town Centres in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. The City Centre is the “downtown” for the northeast sector of Metro Vancouver, providing a full array of retail, office, cultural, recreational, and educational services for this part of the region.

Northeast Coquitlam Area Plan

The Northeast Coquitlam Area Plan guides community development on Burke Mountain.

Northwest Coquitlam Area Plan

The Northwest Area Plan guides land use designations and development policies for the area north of David Avenue on Eagle Mountain and Westwood Plateau.

Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan

The Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan is a general framework for Council to consider all development proposals in terms of land use and servicing.

Community Social Development

Coquitlam’s Community Social Development team undertakes policy work related to child care, homelessness, housing affordability and multiculturalism.

Plans and Policies

Housing Affordability Strategy

Through the Housing Affordability Strategy, Coquitlam’s goal is to work with partners from the non-profit, private and public sectors to ensure that a wide variety of housing types, sizes, tenures and prices can be offered in Coquitlam in the years to come. Visit our Housing page for more housing information.

Child Care Partnership Strategy

The Child Care Partnership Strategy (PDF) includes actions to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of child care in Coquitlam. An implementation plan provides the framework and timeline for these actions and the provision of annual progress reports.

Heritage Management Strategy

The Heritage Management Strategy will provide a strategic heritage framework to guide heritage conservation during a 20-year planning period.

Multiculturalism Strategic Plan

The Multiculturalism Strategic Plan (PDF) guides the City in adapting business practices and refining approaches to respond to an increasingly culturally diverse community.

Transit-Oriented Development Strategy

The Transit-Oriented Development Strategy is a high-level approach to capitalize on opportunities related to the Evergreen Line and address potential impacts. 

Development Statistics and Demographics