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Sep 04, 2019 Return to Headlines

Work on New Heritage Strategy to Begin this Fall

by Sarah Rossi |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 4, 2019 – What’s your vision for heritage in Coquitlam?

Coquitlam residents and stakeholders will have a chance to answer that question in early 2020, when the City will kick off public consultation on a new Heritage Management Strategy.

The comprehensive strategy will address heritage of all kinds – from built heritage, like Maillardville’s Mackin House, to natural heritage like the Riverview Arboretum – and guide how it is protected and celebrated in Coquitlam in the years to come.

City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to a one-year development process.

Building on 30-plus Years of Progress

Heritage management in Coquitlam dates back more than 30 years, with early efforts including the designation of six Municipal Heritage Sites in Maillardville in the 1980s.

Adoption of a Heritage Strategic Plan in 2001 was followed by a Community Heritage Register, updates to the Maillardville Heritage Inventory, a Southwest Heritage Inventory and 15 Heritage Revitalization Agreements. Some heritage direction is also incorporated into City plans and in development guidelines for certain areas in Maillardville.

Building on this progress, the City aims to develop a coordinated strategy for managing heritage that:

  • Establishes a community vision for heritage based on public input and best practices, and aligned with policies and actions;
  • Includes a comprehensive framework of policies and procedures to guide how heritage is assessed, recognized, promoted and preserved; and
  • Increases public awareness and stakeholder involvement in local heritage issues and conservation.

The process will also identify Coquitlam’s most pressing heritage issues and determine the best approaches and tools.

Public Engagement a Key Component  

The first of four phases in the process will start this fall with the creation of a staff team that will conduct research, review best practices, identify key elements of Coquitlam’s history and create the preliminary strategy concepts.

Public consultation will begin in early 2020, during the two-month values and visioning phase. To inform the development of draft principles and a heritage vision, the City will gather perspectives from the public, stakeholders and experts through an online survey, open houses, stakeholder information sessions and other methods.

Input will be sought from a broad cross-section of residents, agencies and stakeholders, including Coquitlam Heritage Society, Minnekhada Park Association, Riverview Horticulture Society, School District #43, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and community associations. The City will also be working with the Kwikwetlem First Nation throughout the consultation process.

Following the consultation phase, the draft plan will be developed throughout the spring and summer, and then presented to Council-in-Committee for feedback. The finalized strategy is expected to be presented to Council for final consideration in late 2020.

Updates on the process and input opportunities will be posted at www.coquitlam.ca/heritageplanning.

Media contact:
Andrew Merrill
Manager Community Planning
604-927-3416
amerrill@coquitlam.ca

 

 

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