May 08, 2018 Return to Headlines

Help Shape the Future of Coquitlam’s City Centre

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 8, 2018 – Tri-City residents who live, work or spend time in Coquitlam’s City Centre are invited to help shape the neighbourhood by providing your thoughts and input on the future of this area of the city.

The City is asking residents and other community stakeholders to participate in the update of City Centre Area Plan (CCAP), a neighbourhood planning document that guides the area’s future development.

Get Involved

People from Coquitlam, the Tri-Cities and beyond are invited to participate by:

  • Completing a short online survey on the CCAP webpage between May 29 and June 19;
  • Attending a Community Information Session at Coquitlam Centre Mall (look for our kiosk in the central atrium, near the Aritzia) on:
  • Tuesday, May 29 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), or
  • Saturday, June 9 (9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.);
  • Discuss the CCAP with City staff at Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day on July 1 at Town Centre Park;
  • Posting ideas and images on social media using the hashtag #mycitycentre; and
  • Signing up for CCAP email updates at www.coquitlam.ca/ccap.

Results to Date

This next phase of community consultation builds on a public survey that took place from Feb. 22 to March 12, 2018 and received over 1,350 responses. Detailed results from that survey are available on the CCAP webpage. To date, the two areas of improvement most selected by the public are more entertainment options and a wider range of restaurants and bars.

The community feedback received from that survey was used to create a comprehensive set of Draft Aspirational Principles. These principles, which the public will be asked to help evaluate, will provide direction on the type of City Centre that City Council and the community aspire to create over the next 25 years. These principles will also serve as the foundation for updating the land use concept and supporting policies in the City’s Official Community Plan during Phase 2 of this project.

About CCAP

The arrival of SkyTrain in late 2016 brought with it new opportunities for City Centre, which is home to almost a quarter of Coquitlam’s population (31,000-plus people) and is increasingly a hub for both the community and region, thanks to its improved access, services, and amenities such as the award-winning Town Centre Park.

As Coquitlam revisits the 2008 CCAP, it is considering how City Centre could evolve into a lively regional business and cultural centre with more dense, mixed-use (such as apartments atop stores) and pedestrian-friendly development, and reflecting how people will want to live, work and spend their leisure time in the future.

The CCAP update focuses on the transit-oriented development areas within walking distance (800 meters) of the Coquitlam Central, Lincoln and Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain stations and along the Barnet Highway in Coquitlam.

The first phase of the update project, from now to July, will consider City Centre’s character, strengths, aspirations and opportunities, to set the stage for future development and a distinct identity and brand for the area.

During the next phase of the update, later in 2018, City staff will explore the public input, best practices, and up-and-coming development and employment trends as we develop a new draft plan and implementation strategy to present to Council in early 2019.

For more background or to take the survey, visit www.coquitlam.ca/ccap.

Media contact:
Andrew Merrill
Manager, Community Planning
City of Coquitlam