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Sep 12, 2019 Return to Headlines

City Seeks Feedback on Land Use Options for Oakdale

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 12, 2019 – Residents are invited to give their feedback on three proposed land use options for the Oakdale neighbourhood through an online survey and an information session on Saturday, Sept. 21. 

Proposed Land Use Concepts Represent Varying Growth Options

All three options envision that Oakdale will remain a predominantly residential neighbourhood, with proposed housing density lowest in Option 1 and highest in Option 3. The concepts also offer options for housing, transportation, parkland, environmental and growth funding considerations. 

The proposed land uses and associated transportation improvements for each option are available to review at www.coquitlam.ca/oakdale.

How to Provide Your Input

Share your feedback through the online survey between now andl Monday, Sept. 30 at www.coquitlam.ca/oakdale.

Residents are also invited to attend a drop-in information session held at Mediated Learning Academy at 550 Thompson Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 Oakdale Land Use Designation Update (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 in the second phase of consultation, the proposed land use concepts for each of the six sub-areas within the Oakdale neighbourhood will be used to obtain public and stakeholder input through an online survey, a community information session and direct stakeholder engagement.   

What’s Next

Feedback on the land use options will be evaluated to identify desirable elements of each option, and additional technical analysis will be completed. This will help inform the development of a preferred, hybrid Oakdale land use concept for Council’s consideration later this year. 

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.

Media contact:
Andrew Merrill
Manager Community Planning
Planning & Development