Commercial Zones Review

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City Council adopted bylaw amendments to implement the recommendations of the Commercial Zones Review on July 6, 2020. These bylaw amendments are now in effect. You may review the report to Council or watch a recording of the Council meeting online here.

Approved Changes (July 2020)

Based on direction received from Council, along with feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders, the following key changes to the Zoning Bylaw have been made:

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  • Improve flexibility

  • Consolidate zones

  • Modernize the Zoning Bylaw

  • Streamline the Zoning Bylaw


The City initiated the Commercial Zones Review to make commercial zoning regulations

  • more flexible for users;
  • more user-friendly;
  • easier to administer; and
  • more responsive to the changing needs of Coquitlam's business community.

The City’s Zoning Bylaw has 13 commercial zones that permit a wide variety of commercial uses across Coquitlam. These uses range from local shops in residential areas, to large-scale retail and service stations in vehicle-oriented areas, to offices and restaurants in higher density pedestrian- and transit-oriented areas.

View the summary graphic about the Commercial Zones Review and the approved changes.​

Purpose of the Commercial Zones Review

While existing commercial regulations are working well for many businesses, changing commercial needs and preferences present an opportunity to review the Zoning Bylaw for possible improvements.

The Review covered the Commercial, Service Commercial and Service Station zones, as well as other relevant regulations and definitions in the Zoning Bylaw. The Review does not cover industrial zones, parking and loading requirements, signage, business licensing costs and procedures, or commercial taxation rates.

More detail about each of these changes can be found in the April 6, 2020 Council-in-Committee Report. The exact text and map amendments can be found in Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5047 and Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw No. 5046 (attached to the June 15, 2020 Council report).

Frequently Answered Questions

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  • What parts of the city are covered by the Review?

  • What sort of changes are you going to make?

  • What kinds of businesses are included in the Review?

  • Are you going to make any new commercial areas?

  • Will the Review make new regulations for non-medical (recreational) cannabis?

  • I own a commercial property or business. Are my property taxes going to go up?

  • What kind of impact is the Commercial Zones Review going to have on my business?

  • I heard the City is already studying office uses in the City Centre. How does the Commercial Zones Review relate to that?

  • What else can the City do to help my business?

Planning ​& Development Department
Kerry Thompson, Development Planner