Planning & Development

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Planning and Development Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Planning & Development guides Coquitlam’s growth, working with the public and other stakeholders to ensure development reflects the community’s priorities and meets legislative and safety requirements. The Department also oversees economic development in the City.

Work is carried out by the following divisions:

  • Building Permits
  • Business Services
  • Community Planning
  • Development Services
  • Economic Development

Building Permits

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide plan and inspection review services to encourage compliance with codes, bylaws and standards
  • Shape the City’s policies and procedures related to buildings and building environment to encourage compliance with codes, bylaws and standards

Business Services

Key responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating departmental strategic planning and business improvements to streamline and improve the efficiency of application processes
  • Acting as a liaison between all departments to support service enhancements

Community Planning

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing plans (such as the Official Community Plan) and strategies for shaping growth to meet land use, transportation, environmental, social, cultural, infrastructure, business, neighbourhood and other needs
  • Conducting public consultation, stakeholder engagement and research to support planning functions

Development Services

Key responsibilities include:

  • Processing applications for Official Community Plan amendments, rezoning, subdivision, and development variance permits, in compliance with City plans and bylaws
  • Steering and providing advice on development matters to the City and Council from a policy perspective
  • Managing servicing and infrastructure upgrades associated with new development

Economic Development

Key responsibilities include:

  • Implementing the City’s Economic Action Plan and Tourism, Technology and Film strategies to increase the City’s economic vitality and support businesses
  • Marketing the City and attracting investors, tourists and film productions
  • Delivering the Coquitlam Business Connects program to support and retain businesses
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders such as provincial/federal government agencies, international trade offices, real estate firms, industry associations and others 

Department Head
General Manager – Jim McIntyre

Contact Information
Phone: 604-927-3400