Commercial Zones Review

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Coquitlam is conducting a review of commercial zones to make them

  • 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.

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Why is the City reviewing Commercial Zoning?

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 covers 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.

Proposed Changes (April 2020)

​Based on direction received at the April 6, 2020 Council-in-Committee meeting, along with feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders, the following key changes to the Zoning Bylaw are being proposed:

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  • Improve flexibility

  • Consolidate zones

  • Modernize the Zoning Bylaw

  • Streamline the Zoning Bylaw

More detail about each of these changes can be found in the Council-in-Committee Report. Draft Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan amendments will be available in the coming weeks.

Next Steps

Commercial Zones Review - Process

Staff have been consulting with key internal and external stakeholders since mid-2019, including an online survey. Results of the consultation, along with opportunities for improvements to commercial zoning regulations, were presented in a report to Council-in-Committee on December 16, 2019.

Taking into consideration their feedback and the feedback received during additional consultation, staff brought a more detailed summary of proposed improvements before Council-in-Committee on April 6, 2020.Based on the direction received at that meeting, amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and the Official Community Plan will be drafted to implement the proposed improvements. Subscribe to the email list to be notified when the proposed amendments are brought forward to Council.

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