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Aug 15, 2019 Return to Headlines

City Land Sale Key to Achieving Burke Mountain Vision

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, Aug. 15, 2019 The upcoming sale of two prime City-owned townhouse lots on Burke Mountain is a sign of Coquitlam’s continuing devotion to creating a complete, thriving mountainside community in the northeast.

In the near future, Coquitlam will bring two lots totalling 3.86 hectares (9.53 acres) to market in Smiling Creek, a neighbourhood in the heart of the planned Burke Mountain community.

The two sites will be handed over to the future buyer ready for a Development Permit Application, already prezoned for townhomes, fully serviced and with pre-paid Community Amenity Contributions.

“These opportunities don’t come up that often in Metro Vancouver,” noted Coquitlam’s Manager of Land Development Curtis Scott. “We’ve eliminated a lot of the risk by taking care of the rezoning. They’re development-ready.”

Surrounded by 17-plus kilometres of trails and bordered by David Avenue, the sites are a five-minute walk from the future 15.8-hectare (39-acre) Burke Mountain Village – with its plaza, grocery store, recreation centre, shops and condos – and across the street from Riley Park and the future Discovery Centre and coffee shop.

Construction is now wrapping up on 1.4-hectare (3.5-acre) Riley Park, set to open this fall with an accessible playground, plazas, views and pathways.

Building Out the Burke Mountain Vision

While the prezoning of the sale lots is a selling feature, it also serves a purpose for the City by securing its desired vision for the prime properties surrounding the future village.

The two lots – one 1.69 hectares (4.17 acres) and ready for approximately 70 units and the other 2.17 hectares (5.36 acres) and ready for approximately 96 units – will be among the early waves of multi-family development planned for the village area. The City’s conceptual plan for the two properties shows a mix of townhouses, duplexes and triplexes.

“It’s not a piecemeal approach,” Scott said. “We are invested in this for the long haul, by doing the master planning to ensure elements the community wants and needs are realized.”

Coquitlam is not wavering from its long-term vision for the area, Scott noted, and is actively developing its roadways, parks and services. The City’s commitment to the development of a Burke Mountain community goes back more than three decades, and is central to helping the City fulfill its obligation to the Regional Growth Strategy adopted by all Metro Vancouver cities.

Approximately 13,000 residents already live in the area, which has two existing and two future elementary schools, a future middle/secondary school, 72.8 hectares (180 acres) of existing parks and 9.3 hectares (23 acres) of future parks. Development of Burke Mountain Village is expected to begin in the next several years.

“We’re moving forward with building that community,” Scott said. “The City is committed to this project. Burke Mountain is always going to be an area where people want to live.”

The City is invested in the area’s success, Scott said, as the primary land owner and developer for Burke Mountain Village, and owner of other future development sites nearby. This approach not only allows the City greater control over the development, but provides a source of revenue that will benefit Coquitlam’s current and future generations.

The sites are now being previewed and will be brought to market via a Request for Offers process in the near future. More information about Burke Mountain planning and development can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/burkemtn.

About City-owned Land Sales

The City strategically acquires and sells lands in a way that ensures maximum benefit to the community. Land-sale proceeds are reinvested in the community, with a portion of each sale set aside for future strategic purchases. Coquitlam’s Lands Division represents the City and assists in the purchase and sale of City-controlled real estate. More information can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/landsales.

Media contact:
Curtis Scott
Manager of Land Development

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