Single-Family Frontage Requirements

Coquitlam’s single-family frontage requirements ensure that properties undergoing development in established areas contribute to upgrading the adjacent streetscapes to a modern urban standard, such as curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and rear lane improvements.

2018 Update: Boosting Streetscape Upgrades in Southwest Coquitlam 

Starting in 2018, new single-family homes built in southwest Coquitlam will contribute to upgrading adjacent streetscapes to a modern standard, like all other development in the area.

The requirement only affects applications submitted on or after Jan. 5, 2018.

Reason for New Requirement

The changes will ensure new homes of all types in southwest Coquitlam will be subject to the same requirements for upgrading adjacent streetscapes. 

Previously, one-for-one replacements of single-family homes were exempt from this requirement, which applied to other types of new housing. This has resulted in a mix of old and new streetscape standards as redevelopment activity has ramped up. About 75 single-family homes are constructed in the area each year. 

Summary of Changes

As of Jan. 5, 2018, anyone redeveloping a property and applying to build a new single-family home in southwest Coquitlam will be required to either: 

  • Upgrade the section of street adjacent to their property themselves; or
  • Make a cash payment based on the value of the required works toward future City-funded streetscape upgrades. 

The new requirements do not apply to:

  • New development or subdivision applications for single-family home construction submitted before Jan. 5, 2018;
  • Additions, renovations or repairs on fire damage;
  • Projects with an estimated value of less than $150,000; or
  • Other homes on the street that are not undergoing development. 
  • Other related changes:
  • An annual dedicated streetscape upgrade program funded by the collected cash payments;
  • A cost-recovery mechanism from future development and subdivision applications on streets where the City has already completed upgrades; and
  • City contributions to the program for streetscape works in areas without developer-funded upgrades. 

Background

Bylaw amendments to introduce the new requirements were approved on Nov. 6, 2017, incorporating feedback from a two-month notification and consultation period in August and September 2017 that included newspaper advertising, online information, email bulletins to local and regional builders and developers, and direct outreach to developer organizations (Urban Development Institute and Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association). 

Planning & Development Department

Email: planninganddevelopment@coquitlam.ca 
Phone: 604-927-3430