Commercial Zones Review

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?

“A business-friendly climate is an important base for providing local jobs and ensuring regional employment goals are met… The City’s main function in this regard is to ensure appropriate municipal regulations, and facilitate necessary services and investments.”

Citywide Official Community Plan, Chapter 5

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.

Next Steps

Commercial Zones Review - Process

The Commercial Zones Review is beginning consultation with businesses, property owners, key stakeholders and members of the public this September. The online survey will open on Sept. 16; check back to this page for the link.

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Planning ​& Development Department
Kerry Thompson, Development Planner
604-927-3974
KLThompson@coquitlam.ca