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Have Your Say on the Draft Plan for City Centre

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 8, 2019 – From now until Monday, Dec. 2, Coquitlam residents, businesses and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on the five ‘big moves’ proposed in Coquitlam’s draft City Centre Area Plan.

A new draft City Centre Area Plan that envisions an inviting, active and walkable urban centre is being presented to the public for feedback, with opportunities to provide input through an online survey, community information sessions and pop-up kiosks.

The City initiated a major update to the City Centre Area Plan (CCAP), beginning in late 2017. The updated plan will guide development and service-delivery over the next 25 years in areas within walking distance of the three downtown SkyTrain stations.

Planning for the Future of City Centre

City Centre is home to about 31,000 today (almost a quarter of Coquitlam’s residents) and is expected to have a population of 58,000 by 2046. Over the years, the area has become a regional focal point, offering a range of services that include retail, office, industrial, cultural, recreational and educational.

The updated draft Plan, which will replace the 2008 version, aims to strengthen Coquitlam’s downtown as the heart of the community and region, while planning for the kind of services, amenities and development that will be needed and desired in the years to come.

Five Big Moves to Establish the Future of Coquitlam’s Downtown

Based on extensive public consultation, best practices, and development and employment trends, the draft Plan centres around five “big moves”:

  1. Create a vibrant downtown core;
  2. Establish a strong employment base;
  3. Build a family-friendly downtown;
  4. Enhance recreation and cultural services, and
  5. Integrate and connect the downtown.

The five moves aim to enhance the established City Centre neighbourhoods while setting the stage for a lively commercial downtown core where most of the new residential, retail and employment growth would occur.

Improved street and pathway connections will link existing family-friendly neighbourhoods to the core, where the mix of high-density commercial, office and residential development would bring activity to the streets and sidewalks day and night. The draft Plan also continues to encourage the wide range of businesses currently found along the periphery of the core.

Have Your Say until Dec. 2

The draft Plan is being presented for public feedback through an online engagement portal at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca until Monday, Dec. 2. Residents, businesses and other stakeholders can also learn more and provide feedback on the plan at community information sessions and pop-up kiosks in the coming weeks.

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Read the draft Plan and sign up for CCAP email updates at www.coquitlam.ca/CCAP.
  • Complete the survey at http://www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/ccap before Monday, Dec. 2. Survey respondents can also choose to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Attend the community information sessions: Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glen Elementary, and Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Coquitlam Public Library on Pinetree Way.
  • Watch for upcoming pop-up kiosks at SkyTrain stations and Douglas College.

Virtual reality stations offering “tours” of the future downtown entertainment district will be set up at the community information sessions and pop-up kiosk at Douglas College.

Public feedback collected until Dec. 2 will be incorporated into the final version of the CCAP that will be presented to City Council and go to public hearing in early 2020.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/ccap or call 604-927-3430.