Meadowbrook Neighbourhood Rezoning

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At the June 13, 2022 Council meeting, Council gave 2nd, 3rd, 4th and final readings to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5193, 2022 and Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw No. 5194, 2022.

In approving both of these bylaws, Council has adopted the CD-29 Comprehensive Development Zone – 29 for the Meadowbrook LUC area (map) and will be removing the LUC on June 14, 2023, before the provincial expiration date. This means that before June 14, 2023 the LUC will still be the governing document for all permit approvals. After June 14, 2023 all permit applications will be reviewed against the regulations in the CD-29 Zone.

If a landowner would like to extend the length that the LUC applies to their property, they may apply to the Board of Variance (coquitlam.ca/committees) for an exemption under Section 543 of the Local Government Act. However, this exemption would only last until the provincially-mandated LUC expiration date of June 30, 2024.

At the same June 13, 2022 Council meeting, Council put forward a motion for staff to look into some additional changes to the CD-29 Zone in order to address issues raised at the Public Hearing. In particular, there was a request to review the setback requirement for an attached or detached carport or garage. There will be several steps to this review process:

  1. Staff will bring a report back to Council. This should happen in the coming months.
  2. After considering the report, Council may give direction to staff to look at changes to the CD-29 Zone.
  3. If Council directs staff to change the CD-29 Zone, it would start a bylaw amendment process.
  4. Landowners and residents would have a chance to be involved in the bylaw amendment process, for example at a future Public Hearing.

A copy of the approved CD-29 Zone can be found on the project website here and will added to Part 21: Comprehensive Development Zone section of the City’s Zoning Bylaw (www.coquitlam.ca/ZoningBylaw) shortly.

Alternatively, residents can ask to see a copy of the Bylaw at the Planning & Development Front Counter in City Hall (3000 Guildford Way) during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday).

If you have any questions about the CD-29 Zone or the LUC discharge process, including the Board of Variance process, please contact Sara McCartney at smccartney@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3993. If you have any questions about getting a building permit for your property, please reach out to staff at permits@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3441.

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At the June 13, 2022 Council meeting, Council gave 2nd, 3rd, 4th and final readings to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5193, 2022 and Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw No. 5194, 2022.

In approving both of these bylaws, Council has adopted the CD-29 Comprehensive Development Zone – 29 for the Meadowbrook LUC area (map) and will be removing the LUC on June 14, 2023, before the provincial expiration date. This means that before June 14, 2023 the LUC will still be the governing document for all permit approvals. After June 14, 2023 all permit applications will be reviewed against the regulations in the CD-29 Zone.

If a landowner would like to extend the length that the LUC applies to their property, they may apply to the Board of Variance (coquitlam.ca/committees) for an exemption under Section 543 of the Local Government Act. However, this exemption would only last until the provincially-mandated LUC expiration date of June 30, 2024.

At the same June 13, 2022 Council meeting, Council put forward a motion for staff to look into some additional changes to the CD-29 Zone in order to address issues raised at the Public Hearing. In particular, there was a request to review the setback requirement for an attached or detached carport or garage. There will be several steps to this review process:

  1. Staff will bring a report back to Council. This should happen in the coming months.
  2. After considering the report, Council may give direction to staff to look at changes to the CD-29 Zone.
  3. If Council directs staff to change the CD-29 Zone, it would start a bylaw amendment process.
  4. Landowners and residents would have a chance to be involved in the bylaw amendment process, for example at a future Public Hearing.

A copy of the approved CD-29 Zone can be found on the project website here and will added to Part 21: Comprehensive Development Zone section of the City’s Zoning Bylaw (www.coquitlam.ca/ZoningBylaw) shortly.

Alternatively, residents can ask to see a copy of the Bylaw at the Planning & Development Front Counter in City Hall (3000 Guildford Way) during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday).

If you have any questions about the CD-29 Zone or the LUC discharge process, including the Board of Variance process, please contact Sara McCartney at smccartney@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3993. If you have any questions about getting a building permit for your property, please reach out to staff at permits@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3441.

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  • Background

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    Zoning is the main tool used by municipalities to control development and to shape the city. Zoning outlines how a property may be used and sets the general rules (e.g. size, height, location) for buildings and development on a property. Instead of zoning, the Meadowbrook neighbourhood is regulated by a more rigid tool, the Land Use Contract (LUC).

    In 2014, the Province changed the Local Government Act so that all remaining LUCs within British Columbia will automatically expire on June 30, 2024. This amendment means local government must change zoning regulations for all properties that are currently under land use contracts. These new zoning regulations are to be approved by June 30, 2022.

    The last LUC in Coquitlam is located in the Meadowbrook area. To meet the provincial requirements set out in the Local Government Act, the City of Coquitlam is rezoning the Meadowbrook LUC properties and cancelling the Land Use Contract.

    This process aims to put new zoning in place which mirrors, as closely as possible, what has been allowed on a property through the LUC. It is important to remember that this is not an exact process. Changes to development rules and regulations since 1974 (when the Meadowbrook LUC was adopted) mean that some of what was allowed under land use contracts is no longer considered best practice, and will need to be updated. Efforts will be made to ensure that existing uses and buildings in Meadowbrook will not be affected by this change. New development or significant renovations within the community will be required to meet the new zoning regulations, building code, and development standards.

  • The Draft Zone

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    The draft Meadowbrook Comprehensive Development (CD) Zone is complete and available for review. In summary, this draft Zone keeps many of the same requirements from the existing LUC including:

    • All existing uses are allowed. No new uses are proposed.
    • Lot size will stay the same. Further subdivision of lots will not be allowed.
    • Additions and redevelopment of existing buildings will be allowed, as long as the new development is of a similar form and character to existing development.
    • A modest increase to the allowed size and height of homes.

    The following changes are proposed in the draft Zone:

    • 0 metre front setback will be increased to 6 metres
      • This means that all the existing carports will be legally non-conforming uses. They will be allowed to stay, and can still be enclosed as long as they meet building code. However, if a homeowner wants to redevelop their property, any new garage or carport will need to meet this new setback.

    The change from LUC to a CD Zone will simplify the City’s permitting and development approval process, aligning it with the standard development application and approval process used for all other properties in the City.

    For additional information on the draft zone, including a brief explanation of how the CD Zone is the same as the LUC or where it is different from the LUC, please review the Draft CD Zone Explained document.


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