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Jul 31, 2019 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Presents Land Use Concepts for Oakdale Neighbourhood

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 31, 2019 – The next phase of Coquitlam’s Oakdale Land Use Designation Update (OLUDU) invites residents to look to the next 25 years and provide feedback on proposed land use plans, including options for housing, transportation, parkland, environmental and growth funding considerations. 

Earlier this week City staff shared with Council findings from the first phase of the OLUDU public consultation and presented three potential land use concepts representing varying growth options for sub-areas within the Oakdale neighbourhood. All three options envision that Oakdale will remain a predominantly residential neighbourhood.

Have Your Say on What Oakdale Will Look Like in 25 Years
Council has now directed staff to get public feedback on the proposed options to help guide future decisions related to the land use plans for this area. Starting in September 2019 the City will be reaching out to Oakdale neighbourhood residents, as well as the broader community and stakeholders, through an online survey, community information session and direct stakeholder engagement.

Proposed Land Use Concepts Represent Varying Growth Options
During the upcoming consultation, the public will be invited to provide feedback on three potential land use concepts representing varying growth options for the six identified sub-areas within the Oakdale neighbourhood, with proposed housing density lowest in Option 1 and highest in Option 3. The proposed land use concepts can be viewed at www.coquitlam.ca/oakdale.

How We Got Here: About the Oakdale Land Use Designation Update
During the development of the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP), a series of land-use options were presented for different portions of the Burquitlam-Lougheed Plan area. Feedback on these options was then used to develop the draft BLNP.

Consensus was reached in most areas, with residents consistently supporting proposed land-use changes. However, in Oakdale, a sub-area within the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood, consensus could not be reached among stakeholders at that time. As a result, Oakdale was designated a Future Planning Area in the BLNP with direction to review and determine appropriate land uses for the neighbourhood through a separate, future planning process. Subsequent to the adoption of the BLNP, Coquitlam received numerous petitions, letters and phone interactions with residents seeking an Oakdale-specific planning process.

The first phase of public consultation for the OLUDU took place in early 2018 with a focus on neighbourhood values and residents’ future visions of their neighbourhood, as well as engagement with the Oakdale Neighbourhood Association. 

Now moving into the second phase of consultation, the proposed land use concepts for each of the six sub-areas within the Oakdale neighbourhood will be evaluated independently and then integrated to create a preferred hybrid Oakdale land use concept based on public input and planning principles. These land use concepts will ultimately be considered and approved by Council and will help guide development in the neighbourhood for the next 25 years.

Stay Informed
Updates on the OLUDU process are available on the City website at www.coquitlam.ca/oakdale, or by signing up for email updates at www.coquitlam.ca/directmail and selecting the Burquitlam Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan Update list. Oakdale neighbourhood residents will also be notified of input opportunities directly by mail.

Media contact:
Andrew Merrill
Manager Community Planning
Planning & Development