Southwest Housing Review

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.

(Read more about these work streams by clicking the "Overview" tab below.)

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.

How to Share Your Input

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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.

(Read more about these work streams by clicking the "Overview" tab below.)

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.

How to Share Your Input

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

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  • With the housing choice program, with the coach homes, what would happen if a lot didn't have a back lane. Would they lose the option of building one?

    JC asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question, JC!

    The Housing Choices program does permit backyard suites on properties without a lane. The Housing Choices Program references two types of “backyard suites”: carriage homes and garden cottages. The former refers to suites located above a backyard garage where a lane exists; the latter refers to suites in a single storey building on properties without lane access.

  • Would the moratorium of 5500sqft home on a RS-1 zone be lifted at the end of this review?

    JC asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question, JC!

    Officially, the maximum 5,500 sq.ft. floor area limitation is not a moratorium; it is a permanent regulation in the Zoning Bylaw and applies to all single-family dwellings in Southwest Coquitlam. As a part of the Southwest Housing Review, we will review opportunities to refine the City’s approach to limiting house sizes in Southwest Coquitlam.

  • Are there any plans to also look at net zero homes or passive homes, and implementing some sort of incentives for these significantly more efficient homes to be built?

    JC asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question Jason. 

    While the Southwest Housing Review is not directly exploring incentivizing net-zero or passive house building standards, other overlapping City policy work is examining how the City can increase the energy performance of buildings in the city. For example, Staff are working on the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code, which has much stronger energy performance and sustainability requirements than the current BC Building Code. You can learn more about these efforts in the most recent report to council on this matter from October 2020, available HERE

    Additionally, the implementation of the City’s forthcoming Environmental Sustainability Plan may also have implications on the types of green building policies the City develops in the future. You can learn more about the Environmental Sustainability Plan project HERE



  • What are the city plans for Lanehomes in the Burquitlam Lougheed area . At the moment my neighbourhood is changing rapidly. 52 storey high-rises, huge homes at 6000 plus sq. ft with basement suites , yet in my opinion the city seems to neglect the concept of a Lanehome in this area. My home is within a 10 min brisk walk of 2 skytrain stations and no plans to OK Lanehomes?? yet the Millardville area has these homes and no skytrain station in the area. Could you explain , in my opinion ,this strange city planning.

    Keith D asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to engage with us on the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR)!

    Your comments really get to the heart of one of the major objectives of the SWHR, which is to identify other areas where modest change and increases in density might be appropriate.

    As part of the Housing Choices Expansion component of the project, we will be examining opportunities to introduce attached forms of housing (e.g., duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes) into additional areas, beyond the Austin Heights and Maillardville neighbourhoods. The Detached Housing Alternatives component will identify opportunities such as laneway houses for areas that would remain as single family. We will also be looking at options for tools to limit the size of new homes. In July 2019, Council adopted a house size limit of 5,500 sq. ft. across single family areas of Southwest Coquitlam. The SWHR provides an opportunity to review and refine that approach.


  • Is the City looking to permit more mixed use development in areas that are currently residential? Would love to see more housing but feels like many neighbourhoods are not in easy walking distance to shops and services.

    John asked 6 months ago

    Hi John,

    Thank you for the question.

    The City encourages more opportunities for more local shops and services to meet the daily needs of nearby residents. The Corridor Development Strategy (CDS) has identified existing community nodes along corridors; these are existing local-serving commercial areas. The general intent of the CDS is to keep commercial uses in these nodes by requiring that any redeveloped include a mix of uses (typically commercial on the lower floors and residential above).

    In addition to the SWHR, the existing Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan provides guidance for developing small-scale, local-serving commercial buildings in many residential areas. In July 2020, the types of businesses that could locate in these local commercial buildings was expanded, as part of a Commercial Zones Review. This was done to help make these sites more economically viable by expanding the range of possible tenants, and to allow for more types of shops and services closer to where people live.

  • How can my neighbourhood be added to the list of pocket neighbourhoods to review? I live in an neighbourhood that seems to be stick in the past and needs refreshing like the neighbourhoods that are under review. There seems to be a large amount of resources put into studying these 'pocket neighbourhoods' for amount of area they cover, what about the rest of SW Coquitlam?

    cynald@hotmail.com asked 6 months ago

    Hi there and thanks for reaching out.

    The neighbourhood pockets component of the project relates to specific petition requests that were received well in advance of the launching of the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR). At this time, the scope of this component of the project will remain specific to those six prior requests. The remaining three components of the project will review various housing opportunities across the Southwest Coquitlam area.

    A review of each petition request was necessary, independent of the SWHR project. However, the launching of the SWHR provided an opportunity to pool resources by responding to each request in the context of a broader review of development options across all of Southwest Coquitlam. It is worth noting that a property’s location within a neighbourhood pocket may not necessarily result in greater development opportunities than comparable properties elsewhere. 

  • Can big properties north of como lake road on blue mt street go smaller than 52'?

    Keith asked 6 months ago

    Hi Keith,

    The Housing Choices Expansion and Detached Housing Alternatives will examine opportunities for additional housing options throughout Southwest Coquitlam, including areas north of Como Lake Avenue. At this time, it has not been determined which areas would be appropriate for these housing options.

    Assuming that you are referring to the width (frontage) of single family lots, it is worth noting that the RS-1 One-Family Residential zone (which applies to the majority of single-family properties in Southwest Coquitlam) currently allows lots to a minimum width of 13.5 metres (44.3 feet). If your question relates to a specific property (your own or one in which you have an interest) you may wish to contact the City’s Development Planning Division as to gain an understanding of the property’s current development potential, by phone: 604-927-3400, or email: planninganddevelopment@coquitlam.ca

  • I have a question- there is a survey, the first group of questions is regarding shopping/parks/recreation frequency, currently we all should be going out less-should the survey be completed as prepandemic?

    Diane Brown asked 6 months ago

    You raise a very good point as these are certainly unprecedented times. Under normal circumstances, participants should answer in a way that reflects current behaviour. We would encourage you to consider pre-pandemic behaviour, especially if you expect you would return to these behaviours once it’s safe to do so.

    Community plans are designed to guide community growth and development over the long term, so it is valuable for us to understand residents’ longer-term experience of the community. That said, if you believe you have made more permanent changes to your own behaviour that could last beyond the current pandemic, please feel free to answer accordingly.