What is “FAR” or “Floor Area Ratio”?

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is the ratio of the floor area of all buildings and structures to the area of the property (Floor Area / Property Area = FAR). In the Housing Choices areas, the Property Area used for this density calculation is based on the gross area, before any land dedications are taken through the development process to widen roads or lanes.

For more information, see our Key Planning Terms handout.

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1. Are there any upcoming planning processes for Southwest Coquitlam?
2. What’s the difference between a “Carriage House” and “Garden Cottage”?
3. Are you going to expand the “Housing Choices” areas?
4. What does “tandem parking” mean?
5. I previously heard discussion about “pre-approved building plans”, what is the status of these?
6. What is the RT-3: Multiplex zone?
7. What is “FAR” or “Floor Area Ratio”?