Housing Choices Review

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The City of Coquitlam’s Housing Choices Program was adopted in 2011, with the goal of providing new small-scale, ground-oriented housing options for varying household types and income levels in some residential areas of Southwest Coquitlam.

The City is currently conducting a review of the Housing Choices Program to identify opportunities to increase the number of Housing Choices projects being built, streamline regulations and application processing, develop a robust approach to address large single-family homes, and ensure that the resulting development projects continue to fit in with the surrounding neighbourhoods. The review ​is focussed on improving the Housing Choices Program in existing Housing Choices areas.

On February 11, 2019, Council authorized staff to proceed with the second and final round of consultation on the Housing Choices Review (February 11, 2019 Report to Council). By mid-2019, the Housing Choices Review is expected to conclude with a summary of public consultation and recommended changes to improve the Housing Choices Program. A separate Southwest Housing Review is expected to begin following the completion of the Housing Choices Review in mid-2019.

Approach to Large Homes 

While the Housing Choices Review and the upcoming Southwest Housing Review are ongoing in 2019, consideration has been given to a more immediate floor area cap on the size of single family homes in Southwest Coquitlam. On March 4th, 2019 Council adopted a maximum size limit of 5,500 ft² (511 m²) for all new single family homes in Southwest Coquitlam, excluding detached garages and up to 430 ft2 (40m²) for an attached garage (see February 11, 2019 Report to Council for more information).

With the adoption of this Zoning Bylaw Amendment on March 4, 2019, new building permit applications for single family houses that are over 5,500 ft² (511 m²) and within Southwest Coquitlam are no longer permitted. Ultimately, it is anticipated that this housing cap will be an interim hold on very large homes that will likely be replaced by a more comprehensive regulatory program to limit the size and form of large homes as an outcome of Housing Choices Review and the first phase of the Southwest Housing Review in mid-to-late 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the Housing Choices Review?

  • Is the Review only looking at a specific area? Or can anyone build a Housing Choices home on their property?

  • Who should get involved in this Review?

  • How do I get involved in the next round of consultation on the Review?

  • What types of changes are being proposed?

  • Why is the City limiting the size of large homes? How is this related to the Housing Choices Review?

  • Will this change the single-family character of my neighbourhood?

  • I’m concerned that additional density will increase parking challenges and congestion in my neighbourhood.

  • I feel that added density could put additional strain on local infrastructure such as schools and community centres.

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Visit the Housing Choices Program page for more information on the City’s existing Housing Choices Program.​

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Planning & Development Department

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