News Flash

City News

Posted on: June 8, 2021

Share Your Feedback on Southwest Housing Review Neighbourhood Pockets

A neighbourhood in Southwest Coquitlam

COQUITLAM, B.C., June 8, 2021 – Now is the time to register to take part in one of the upcoming information sessions regarding the Southwest Housing Review’s (SWHR) Neighbourhood Pockets.

Coquitlam’s SWHR identified six neighbourhood pockets for review. Residents in these areas had asked the City for for more intensive development opportunities than their current land-use designations allowed under existing policies. 

This current phase of the project will look to evaluate proposed land use concepts for the three neighbourhood pockets located within the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan area: Whiting-Appian, Miller-Grant and Guilby-Grayson. During the first round of engagement in fall 2020, these three pockets had the highest levels of support for the review of land use in their area.

How to Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved and share your feedback:

  • Attend an information Session
    1. Guilby-Grayson – June 15, 2021 
    2. Whiting-Appian – June 23, 2021
    3. Miller-Grant – June 24, 2021

All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and take place over Zoom. For information or to register, visit letstalkcoquitlam.ca/swhrpockets.

Staff will use the input received to refine the final land use and transportation concepts for these three neighbourhood pockets for Council’s consideration later in 2021.

Work to Date on Neighbourhood Pockets

To date, the work on the initial three neighbourhood pockets has included: 

  • Background research and technical studies;
  • Review and analysis of feedback received during the first phase of public engagement;
  • Input from a cross-departmental staff working group; and
  • Testing the draft land use concepts to make sure they meet technical requirements and would result in future sites that are both possible and functional.

A land use concept is a key part of a neighbourhood plan that describes the existing or future uses and building types.  Examples of this include where parks and roads will go and what type of residential use is permitted. Changing the the land use does not automatically change the zoning.  Subject to public input and council approval, land use concepts are eventually incorporated into the Official Community Plan and related plans and policies. After a land use plan is adopted, eventually rezonings can occur and individual developments are subject to further public input on a case-by-case basis.

Preliminary concepts for each of the three Neighbourhood Pockets include: 

  • Whiting-Appian – proposes a mix of development from high-density apartments to townhomes organized around a central green spine along the Austin Creek tributary.
  • Miller-Grant – proposes more family-oriented housing with the majority of parcels designated for townhomes with some medium-density apartments along Clarke Road.
  • Guilby-Grayson – proposes more parcels for medium-density apartments, which is compatible with the land uses in the surrounding area. 

More detailed information about each of these neighbourhood pockets, including proposed land use concepts, is available at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/swhrpockets.

The other three neighbourhood pockets (Austin-Poirier, Blue Mountain-Quadling and Charland-Joyce) had more varied levels of support, and will be brought forward for more engagement as part of a future phase of the SWHR.

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 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 neighbouhood 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 www.coquitlam.ca/swhr and www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/swhr.

Get City Updates Tailored to You

Get the City information you want using the customizable NotifyMe 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 www.coquitlam.ca/notifyme to set it up and manage your preferences.

Media contact:
Demian Rueter
Senior Planner
City of Coquitlam
604.218.1990
drueter@coquitlam.ca

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
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

Message From the Mayor - Sept. 25, 2020

Posted on: September 25, 2020
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

Design Your Own 2021 Budget for Coquitlam

Posted on: September 1, 2020
Coquitlam

Help Design the Future Sheffield Park

Posted on: August 28, 2020
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

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
Coquitlam

Notice of Public Hearing - Jan. 27

Posted on: January 15, 2020
Coquitlam

Be Prepared for Snow

Posted on: January 8, 2020