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.

This discussion is paused while we plan for future phases of the SWHR.

Have a question about the Southwest Housing Review? Or about Southwest Coquitlam housing, neighbourhoods or transportation? Enter it here and the Project Team will endeavour to respond within 2 business days.

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    Why is there not more low-income housing for seniors in Millard Ville

    Laura Daoust asked 2 months ago

    Hello, 

     

    Thank you for your question. 

     

    The Southwest Housing Review (SWHR) is a multi-year planning effort to support the provision of more diverse housing options in Southwest Coquitlam. While the role of the SWHR is to consider long term land uses, at a high-level, it is one of a number of City initiatives that work in tandem to address housing needs.

     

    In particular the Housing Affordability Strategy (HAS) provides policy directions and specific actions to address housing affordability in Coquitlam. The HAS focuses on an incentives-based approach to building market, below and non-market housing, as well as partnerships with senior levels of government, and the private and non-profit sectors, recognizing that the City cannot address affordability issues alone.

     

    As an example of the outcomes of the City affordable housing actions in the Maillardville neighbourhood, an application is currently under review to enable the future development of a seniors’ housing development at Place Maillardville (1200 Cartier Ave). The proposed future development would create 37 seniors’ independent living/non-market rental units. For more information on this application, please contact Development Services at devinfo@coquitlam.ca or at 604-927-3430

     

    Additional information on City housing affordability initiatives may be found here.

     

    Kind regards,

    The Southwest Housing Review Team

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    Hello, I am looking to understand the # of dwelling units involved in the BLNP update. In Part 3, Chapter 9.2, BURQUITLAM-LOUGHEED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN, Section 1.1 is Proposed to be amended as follows: “This updated Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) provides a vision for the future, as a plan that will guide growth for the next 20 to 25 years and accommodate at least 15,000-16,000 new dwelling units and over 28,000 new residents.” When the BLNP 20-25 year guide to growth was first adopted in June 2017; How Many Dwelling units (Excluding those in the Development process) were in the SWCAP? Please breakdown by Type. How Many Dwelling units (Including those in the Development process) were in the SWCAP? Please breakdown by Type. Currently: How Many Dwelling units (Excluding those in the Development process) were in the SWCAP? Please breakdown by Type. How Many Dwelling units (Including those in the Development process) were in the SWCAP? Please breakdown by Type. Are the new dwelling units and residents Currently proposed based on the current 2022 or 2017 numbers? Thank you, Roger C.

    VanCanMan007 asked 3 months ago

    Hello, 


    Thank you for your question. The figures for existing housing units are typically tallied in advance of plan adoption as they are utilized in the planning process, in this case housing units were tallied Fall 2016 for the BLNP and Fall 2021 for the Pockets. These figures can be provided by staff upon request. 


    For information on current instream development applications, the City publishes the Development and Building Activity report on a triannual basis. This is a relatively new report that was implemented as part of a larger effort to improve development monitoring and reporting. The figures in this report represent a snapshot in time of development proposals; therefore, the list is not final and may change throughout the application process. These reports, including the most recent (T3 2021), can be found on the City’s website: https://www.coquitlam.ca/237/Development-Statistics-Series 

     

    Kind Regards,

    The Southwest Housing Review Team

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    Hello, I own side by side duplex on Austin Ave. It's on a large lot that could support a multiplex just like in NAR. What is the time line for corridor development strategy? Ideally if the rezoning does happen along Austin ave, I would like to build a small rental multiplex in place of the current duplex. Does the city of Coquitlam have stock drawings for small rental multiplex? How many units would be possible on a lot 11000sqft? Thank you.

    gorancyvr asked 2 months ago

    Hello,

    In February 2022, Council supported a temporary deferral of the Corridor Development Strategy. We expect to have an update regarding corridor development sometime in the coming months. At this time, we have not determine what type of land uses would be considered along corridors.

    In general, possible expansion of the Neighbourhood Attached Residential (NAR) land use designation would be considered as part of the Housing Choices Expansion component of the SWHR. This will be reviewed as part of a future phase of the SWHR.

    For properties designated NAR, the City of Coquitlam offers standard plans for triplex and fourplex buildings, developed in accordance with the RT-1 Infill Residential zone. Using standard plans can help to simplify and streamline the Development Permit process. Information on building triplex and fourplex buildings is available on the City’s website.

    Due to the high degree of variability among properties eligible for rezoning to the RT-3 Multiplex Residential zone, the City does not intend on releasing standard plans for multiplex buildings. Multiplex developments under the RT-3 zone are regulated by the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw, including a maximum floor area density of 0.85 FAR; however, the zone does not specify a maximum number of units based on lot size.

    Kind regards,

    The Southwest Housing Review Team

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    Exactly when did zoning change to allow for the two towers at blue mountain and Lougheed - are there going to be more if these towers allowed - they will ruin Mallairdville, where Inhave lived and enjoyed a fairly good view since 1986 - soon to be blocked by a 29 story building - I can not find a map that has high rise zoning in my neighborhood- please let me know where I can find an updated map of what will be allowed - thank you

    Elizabeth asked 4 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for your question. The properties at this location are designated in the Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan as Neighbourhood Centre. This designation accommodates mixed-use commercial, and medium- and high-density residential developments. The most recent version of the MNP was adopted in 2014, however the Neighbourhood Centre designation for these properties goes back to an earlier version of the Plan dating back to 2003. The properties at this intersection were rezoned on July 27, 2020 and May 17, 2021. The current zoning is in line with the Neighbourhood Centre land use designation of the Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan.

    The Southwest Housing Review is not proposing to change any land uses in the Maillardville Neighbourhood Centre. 

    The most up to date Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan and corresponding land use designation map can be found here: https://www.coquitlam.ca/457/Maillardville-Neighbourhood-Plan 

    If you would like more information on current development activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Development Planning division by email at devinfo@coquitlam.ca or at 604-927-3430.

    Kind Regards, 

    The Southwest Housing Review Team

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    Hello, I would very much like to see a map of the boundaries of the areas that are being opposed for higher the zoning changes. Would you be able to direct me or send a file with a map and the boundary lines? Thank you very much.

    Holsen Chang asked 5 months ago

    Hi Holsen,

    Thank you for reaching out to the SWHR Team.

    At this time, changes to land use designations have been proposed for the three neighbourhood pockets in the Burquitlam-Lougheed area: Guilby-Grayson, Miller-Grant and Whiting-Appian. A number of maps showing the future land uses and pocket boundaries are available in the “Document” section of the Southwest Housing Review – Neighbourhood Pockets webpage.

    Kind Regards,

    The Southwest Housing Review Team

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    My house is located on 800 blocks Stewart Avenue, Coquitlam. I am hoping to build a laneway house in the back laneway. The lot is about 8600 sqft so I have plenty of space to build one. Why is my property not given a fair opportunity to build one while other properties along Austin Ave already have? Will the housing program be expanded in Mckinnon St in the near future? And the Housing Choice Program, could we pay more attention on this large lot? because what we need is affordable housing, such as infill and multi-family housing. Especially with such a large lot, and

    jo_lin2578 asked 6 months ago

    Hello,

    Infill housing is recognized as an important component to expanding housing options in Coquitlam. Properties that can currently develop a backyard suite are in areas that have been designated Neighbourhood Attached Residential in the City's Official Community Plan. Backyard suites, along with 'plex housing forms (eg. duplex, triplex, quadplex) have been expanded through the Housing Choices Program, which has aimed to increase new ground-oriented housing options in single detached housing neighbourhoods. This program commenced in 2011 and the Neighbourhood Attached Residential designated area has been expanded at various points since.

    As you may know, one of the work programs a part of the Southwest Housing Review is a review of the Housing Choices program, including where to expand it, as well as a broader review of infill policy in the Southwest. Background research is currently under way for this work. Enter your email in the top right of this page you'll be informed when this component of the project launches.

    -Dan

    Southwest Housing Review Team 

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    I am very supportive of the City of Coquitlam's plans for SWHR. My house is at 800 Blocks on Stewart Avenue, Coquitlam, the land is 12,400 feet, it is still RS1, but the backyard to backyard of my house is Eager ave. although the lot size is half of my lot, but it was because there are RT-1, They can build infill house, Fourplex and townhouse. It is glad to know about “A review of infill housing options in single-family areas to further address the policy directions in the Southwest Coquitlam Area Plan” I expect City of Coquitlam could examining these large land lot, but the old houses issue. Thanks! Could you

    jo_lin2578 asked 6 months ago

    Hello,

    Yes--a review of the Housing Choices program and infill housing policy in Southwest Coquitlam is underway. Be sure to be subscribed for project updates (top right of this page) and we will let you know when we launch the public input component of this work. 

    Thank you,

    Dan

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    Hello SWHR, Do you have an update on this process and what the next steps are? Thanks!

    Walter asked 7 months ago

    Hi Walter, 

    Yes! The Southwest Housing Review was placed on the agenda for the February 7 Council meeting. The agenda (and report) was published on Friday, February 4. You can find the report and presentation HERE, both of which outline the next steps.

    You can also watch a live-stream of the meeting HERE (the “View Event” button will appear at 2:00 pm beside the Council-in-Committee event).  An archived recording of the meeting will be available the day after the meeting (usually by noon).

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    My house is currently along McKinnon Street, Coquitlam. I am hoping to build a laneway house in the back laneway. The lot is about 8600 sqft so I have plenty of space to build one. Why is my property not given a fair opportunity to build one while other properties along Austin Ave already have? Will the housing program be expanded in Mckinnon St in the near future?

    Derek asked about 1 year ago

    Hi There! Thank you for reaching out to the SWHR Team!

    You raise a very good point. There are many properties throughout Southwest Coquitlam that are large enough to potentially accommodate modest infill development such as laneway housing, but where current rules and policies do not allow it.

    As part of the 5th phase of the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR), we will be examining opportunities to expand the Housing Choices Program (which allows for modest forms of attached housing such as duplex, triplex, fourplex and multiplex) and infill single-family housing (including options such as smaller lots and laneway housing) across Southwest Coquitlam. This phase of the SWHR is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2022.


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    We are located on Blue Mountain (arterial) - with the Burquitlam side already rezoned. We reside on the Mailardville side and see quite a contrast in the property values given the zoning on our side. Is the intent to rezone arterial streets in a similar fashion when in two different regions?

    Allison asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The short answer to your question is: Potentially yes, however no specific land use changes have been proposed at this time.

    As part of the 2017 Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP), a short stretch of properties on the west side of Blue Mountain St was designated for future townhousing development. I believe this is the area to which you are referring. At that time, this was determined to be an appropriate form of housing land use along this particular stretch of this particular corridor, but was limited by the boundaries of the BLNP.

    The Corridor Development Strategy will provide an overall vision and policy guidance for future land uses along key arterial streets in Southwest Coquitlam and identify opportunities to transform those arterials into “complete streets” that encourage healthy and sustainable transportation choices.

    - Southwest Housing Review Team

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