News Flash

City News

Posted on: May 18, 2021

Vision and Principles Drafted for Southwest Corridors

A road corridor within Southwest Coquitlam

COQUITLAM, B.C., May 18, 2021 – A new vision and guiding principles will help shape future changes along major street corridors in Southwest Coquitlam.

The Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) is an important work component of the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR). Once complete, the CDS will provide an overall long-term and phased vision for land uses along key arterial streets within Southwest Coquitlam including Como Lake and Austin avenues, portions of Blue Mountain, Marmont and Westwood streets, Mariner Way and Dewdney Trunk Road. A map of the general area under study through the CDS is available at

Draft Vision and Guiding Principles

Building on the feedback received during the first phase of engagement for the SWHR, staff have developed a draft vision statement for the CDS. The draft vision is that: The Corridor Development Strategy will guide the long-term evolution and revitalization of key Southwest Coquitlam corridors into linear, complete communities where a diverse mix of residents, businesses and visitors can live, work and play along complete streets (i.e. streets that are functional, safe, well-designed and enjoyable for a wide variety of people).

Staff are also developing a series of guiding principles, which will be refined based on Council feedback before being presented to the public for input in mid-2021. The principles will consider a number of key objectives for the CDS such as respecting neighbourhoods, a strong local economy, and a phased approach to growth.

Options for Providing Input

Interested residents and stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback on the draft CDS vision and principles through public engagement that is being planned for mid-2021. Staff will use the input received to build the CDS policy for consideration later in 2021.

Information on the engagement opportunities, including dates for online information sessions, will be posted to the City’s public engagement website, along with opportunities to provide online input.

Generally Supportive Feedback from Phase One

During the first phase of public engagement in late 2020, there was generally supportive feedback on the CDS, especially for expanded housing options, as long as the impacts to existing neighbourhoods could be minimized and businesses and shops continued to be supported. In general, the feedback on the CDS centred around a few themes including: 

  • The need for family-oriented housing options; 
  • The importance of mitigating the potential negative impacts of development on nearby homes; 
  • A desire for easy access to a wide range of amenities that will support a growing population (e.g. parks, recreation, shops, etc.);
  • A desire for more active lifestyles, improved pedestrian infrastructure and walkable community design;
  • The importance of preserving green spaces and tree canopy; and
  • A general concern about housing affordability.

Planning for the Future of Southwest Coquitlam

The SWHR will build on the Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan and various neighbourhood plans by examining the 38-square-kilometre area south of Barnet Highway that is home to some of Coquitlam’s most established and primarily single-family neighbourhoods. The project intends to study the potential of a more diverse range of housing options in an area where three-quarters of the 17,000 lots are currently designated for single-family homes, which are out of reach for many people.

Land-use changes as well as infill development – rebuilding within an existing neighbourhood – would help provide more affordable new housing options while respecting the character of the surrounding community. New development would also help to bring southwest Coquitlam’s infrastructure (like streets and sewers) and public amenities (like parks and open spaces) up to the modern standard seen in newer areas. 

The project will be completed through five phases:

  • Phase 1 (complete) – Mid to late 2020: Background research and consulting with the community on the overall vision for the Southwest Housing Review
  • Phase 2 – Mid 2021: Work directly with the residents and property owners in the three early neighbourhood pockets to create development options for these communities. Adopt some of those neighbourhood pockets into the Official Community Plan.
  • Phase 3 – Mid to late 2021: Develop vision, guiding principles and preliminary concepts for the Corridor Development Strategy (CDS).
  • Phase 4 – 2022: Complete and consult on the draft CDS as well as  the three remaining neighbourhood pockets.
  • Phase 5 –2022: Consult further with the public on the housing choices and detached housing alternatives programs. Prepare and present final report to Council.

More information is available at and

Get City Updates Tailored to You

Get the City information you want using the customizable Notify Me subscription service on the City’s website. Subscribe for email or text alerts about only the topics that interest you, including current City projects and initiatives – such as the Southwest Housing Review, news updates, emergency alerts, bid opportunities, roadwork, children’s camps, City events, Council proceedings and more. Click to set it up and manage your preferences.

Media contact:
Demian Rueter
Senior Planner
City of Coquitlam

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

Adult and child swimming

Swimmers Welcomed Back to CCAC Oct. 4

Posted on: October 1, 2021
Adult holding plates of food

Coquitlam Launches Business E-Newsletter

Posted on: September 16, 2021
Sports Fair News

Coquitlam Sports Fair Returns Aug. 21

Posted on: August 3, 2021
Galloway Spray Park (1) Newsflash

Coquitlam Re-Opens Cooling Centres

Posted on: July 29, 2021
Galloway Spray Park (1) Newsflash

Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

Posted on: June 25, 2021
Pickleball Newsflash

Try Out Pickleball at Bramble Park

Posted on: June 3, 2021
Paying Taxes

2021 Utility Payments are Due

Posted on: March 23, 2021
Coquitlam - Hickey Park Newsflash 2

Upgraded Courts Reopen at Hickey Park

Posted on: March 29, 2021
Aerial image of Coquitlam's City Centre at night

Coquitlam Named as Smart21 Community

Posted on: March 1, 2021
Cougar - 519x390

Protect Pets from Cougars

Posted on: February 16, 2021
Snow News Flash

Be Prepared for Snow

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Feb. 12, 2021

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Family Day 2021

Celebrate Family Day Safely in Coquitlam

Posted on: February 8, 2021
Crystal Falls News Flash

No Public Access on Crystal Falls Trail

Posted on: February 2, 2021
Coyote in the Bush - News Flash Image

Be Coyote Aware

Posted on: January 22, 2021
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Dec. 24, 2020

Posted on: December 24, 2020
Tree Chipping News Flash

Tree Chipping Events in Coquitlam

Posted on: December 23, 2020
Winter Wise News Flash

Be Prepared for Snow

Posted on: December 22, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Dec. 22, 2020

Posted on: December 22, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Dec. 11, 2020

Posted on: December 11, 2020
CSRP Grant - News Flash Image

Coquitlam Introduces New Community Grants

Posted on: November 17, 2020
Winter Wise News Flash

Now is the Time to Get Winter Wise

Posted on: November 9, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Nov. 5, 2020

Posted on: November 5, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Nov. 16, 2020

Posted on: November 4, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 29, 2020

Posted on: October 29, 2020
LAL Cancelled News Flash

Lights at Lafarge Cancelled for 2020

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Halloween News Flash

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Small Business Week

Coquitlam Celebrates Small Businesses

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 8, 2020

Posted on: October 8, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 2, 2020

Posted on: October 2, 2020
Boy in spray park

Spray Pads Open Until Monday in Coquitlam

Posted on: September 30, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Sept. 25, 2020

Posted on: September 25, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Sept. 3, 2020

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Coquitlam Crunch

Stay Safe on the Trails in Bear Country

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Design Your Own 2021 Budget for Coquitlam

Posted on: September 1, 2020

Help Design the Future Sheffield Park

Posted on: August 28, 2020

Help Keep Bears Safe

Posted on: August 10, 2020

More New Patios Coming to Coquitlam

Posted on: July 20, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot Reopens

Posted on: June 18, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - June 15

Posted on: June 15, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Youth Week

Posted on: April 29, 2020

Open Letter to Our Community

Posted on: April 9, 2020

Message from The Mayor - April 2

Posted on: April 2, 2020

Message from the Mayor

Posted on: March 26, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Feb. 24

Posted on: February 12, 2020

2020 Utility Payments are Due

Posted on: February 24, 2020

Celebrate Family Day in Coquitlam

Posted on: February 3, 2020

Heavy Rain in the Forecast

Posted on: January 30, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Jan. 27

Posted on: January 15, 2020

Be Prepared for Snow

Posted on: January 8, 2020