Southwest Housing Review

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The Southwest Housing Review (SWHR) is a multi-year planning effort to support the provision of more diverse housing options in Southwest Coquitlam. The project consists of four streams of work, which are:

  • A review of neighbourhood pockets where residents have come forward requesting a review of the land use designation of their neighbourhood;
  • Creation of a Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) for key arterial streets;
  • A review of the potential expansion of the recently updated Housing Choices Program into other areas of Southwest Coquitlam; and
  • A review of infill housing options in single-family areas to further address the policy directions in the Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan.

Latest News

On May 30, 2022, Council approved the amendments to the Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP) and Zoning Bylaw, for the Guilby-Grayson, Miller-Grant and Whiting-Appian neighbourhood pockets in the Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhood. The land use concepts for the three neighbourhood pockets evolved over the last two years, through technical analysis, Council feedback, community consultation and input from an inter-departmental City staff review team.

The amendments update the Burquitlam Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP), providing new opportunities for multi-family housing that are compatible with the surrounding land uses, and in line with the broader vision for the BLNP of creating compact, complete and transit-oriented communities.

This concludes Phase 2 of the SWHR. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback throughout the process. For more information, please visit the Neighbourhood Pockets webpage.

Next Steps

Future phases of the SWHR will include the creation of a Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) for key arterial streets in Southwest Coquitlam, as well as a review of the City’s Housing Choices Program, including a potential expansion of the program into other areas of Southwest Coquitlam.

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The Southwest Housing Review (SWHR) is a multi-year planning effort to support the provision of more diverse housing options in Southwest Coquitlam. The project consists of four streams of work, which are:

  • A review of neighbourhood pockets where residents have come forward requesting a review of the land use designation of their neighbourhood;
  • Creation of a Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) for key arterial streets;
  • A review of the potential expansion of the recently updated Housing Choices Program into other areas of Southwest Coquitlam; and
  • A review of infill housing options in single-family areas to further address the policy directions in the Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan.

Latest News

On May 30, 2022, Council approved the amendments to the Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP) and Zoning Bylaw, for the Guilby-Grayson, Miller-Grant and Whiting-Appian neighbourhood pockets in the Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhood. The land use concepts for the three neighbourhood pockets evolved over the last two years, through technical analysis, Council feedback, community consultation and input from an inter-departmental City staff review team.

The amendments update the Burquitlam Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP), providing new opportunities for multi-family housing that are compatible with the surrounding land uses, and in line with the broader vision for the BLNP of creating compact, complete and transit-oriented communities.

This concludes Phase 2 of the SWHR. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback throughout the process. For more information, please visit the Neighbourhood Pockets webpage.

Next Steps

Future phases of the SWHR will include the creation of a Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) for key arterial streets in Southwest Coquitlam, as well as a review of the City’s Housing Choices Program, including a potential expansion of the program into other areas of Southwest Coquitlam.

Stay Informed

To receive updates on this project, click on the Subscribe button at the top of this page.

  • Public Hearing for SWHR Phase 2: Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Pockets

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    At the May 16, 2022, Regular Council meeting, the draft amendments to the Citywide Official Community Plan (CWOCP) and Zoning Bylaw for Phase 2 of the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR) were given first reading and referred to Public Hearing. You can view archived broadcast of the Regular Council meeting discussion at https://www.coquitlam.ca/webcasts(External link) and view a copy of the staff report here(External link).

    Following the Public Hearing and pending any feedback received at that time, Council will be able to consider adoption of the amendments to the CWOCP and Zoning Bylaw.

    How Do I Attend or Participate in the Public Hearing?

    • The Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
    • You can listen and/or participate at the Public Hearing either remotely (via Zoom) or in person.
    • If you would like to provide written input, please submit your comments by no later than noon on Monday, May 30, 2022, to the attention of the City Clerk’s Office, in one of the following ways:
      • Email: clerks@coquitlam.ca(External link) with “PROJ 20-145” in the subject line;
      • Fax: to the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3015; or
      • In person: Attn: City Clerk’s Office – please place in one of two City Hall drop boxes (3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam), located at the underground parking entrance or by the main entrance facing Burlington Drive.

    For further instructions on how to attend the Public Hearing or provide written input, please visit coquitlam.ca/publichearing(External link), or call 604-927-3010. If you do not wish to provide input, but would like to view the proceedings, you may watch online www.coquitlam.ca/webcasts(External link).

  • Early Neighbourhood Pockets (Phase 2) Summary

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    Phase 2 Summary

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the second round of feedback. The documents below provide some information about what we heard and how your input was used to guide our process.

  • Values and Objectives (Phase 1) Summary

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    Phase 1 Summary

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of feedback. The documents below provide some information about what we heard and how your input was used to guide our process.

  • Neighbourhood Pockets

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    Over the past few years, residents in a number of “neighbourhood pockets” (areas representing a few blocks) have requested the City review the land use designation and redevelopment potential of their properties. The City is engaging directly with these neighbourhood pockets to develop a land use concept for Council’s consideration which is supported by the community and consistent with other City goals and objectives.

    The neighbourhood pockets under study are:



    Note: For Southwest Coquitlam residents who are not part of a neighbourhood pocket, the review of your property will likely be covered by the other work streams of the SWHR (i.e., Corridor Development Strategy, Housing Choices and Detached Housing Alternatives).

  • Corridor Development Strategy

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    The Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) will establish an overall vision for land uses along select key arterial streets within Southwest Coquitlam and provide guidance for future development along these corridors.

    The CDS will identify the supportable types of land uses and development forms in order to guide future residential and commercial development applications. The CDS will take into consideration land use, housing types, form of development, land-use transitions to single family areas, urban design, public space, amenities, transportation improvements and utility servicing. The CDS will also review density bonus provisions along corridors to secure community amenities, rental housing, or cash-in-lieu for additional density.

    (Download a map of the corridors under review HERE)

  • Housing Choices and Detached Housing Alternatives

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    Exploring housing options for mature residential neighbourhoods is a key focus area of the Southwest Housing Review. This consists of two related work items:

    • 1. Housing Choices Expansion—This component will examine the potential expansion of the Housing Choices Program. This program encourages the development of attached housing options (ie. duplex, triplex, fourplex and multiplex) and provides options for coach houses and narrow-lot subdivisions in specific areas of Southwest Coquitlam.
    • 2. Detached Housing Alternatives—This component will explore respectful infill opportunities (e.g., coach houses, lock-off suites etc.), house sizes and subdivision options that support the evolving character of neighbourhoods in Southwest Coquitlam.

    Together, these two components look to improve housing options and livability for residents in mature residential neighbourhoods in Southwest Coquitlam.

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