Housing Choices gaining steam in Coquitlam

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The city of Coquitlam's Housing Choices program is gaining steam.
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More developers in Coquitlam are taking up the city's new Housing Choices program to build additional homes on large lots.

Earlier this month, council gave first reading to rezone 820 Robinson St. for a triplex; the bid will go to public hearing next Monday.

According to a city staff report, Matthew Cheng Architect Inc. is asking for several variances to the RT-3 zone to keep some trees including a large Crimson King maple at Robinson and Lea Avenue.

And, this week, two more Housing Choices applications came forward to council.

Architype Design was granted first reading to rezone 910 Delestre Ave. for a split fourplex; it also got a nod for another fourplex proposal at 279 Tenby St., located at the end of a cul-de-sac near the Trans Canada Highway. Both bids are expected to go to public hearing next month.

Adopted last year, the city's Housing Choices program allows for owners of large lots in Burquitlam and southwest Coquitlam to redevelop their land with multi-family units or lane homes.

Meanwhile, also at next Monday's public hearing, staff will present a bylaw text change to the RT-3 zone to set minimum standards for parking for new triplexes and fourplexes. Under that policy, developers will be required to have 1.5 parking stalls per unit.




Other Coquitlam news:

Another large-scale housing development is planned for Coquitlam's Burke Mountain — an area where the city plans to add up to 20,000 more residents.

Earlier this month, council granted first reading to rezone 3349 David Ave. for nine single-family lots on 1.29 acres at the corner of Glenbrook Street. The current house, located in the Upper Hyde Creek neighbourhood, would be torn down if the bid proceeds, according to a city staff report.

Car access to the site would be via a new road called Palisade Place, running parallel to David that links Glenbrook and Marguerite streets.

Coun. Brent Asmundson, a Burke Mountain resident, said he has concerns about the future right in/right out onto Glenbrook, once David is built to an arterial road standard.

Coast Meridian Road is expected to be reworked by 2016, said Bill Susak, Coquitlam's general manager of engineering and public works, and a public consultation will happen a year prior that will include gauging feedback on the planned Glenbrook right in/right out.

A public hearing on the rezoning application is set for next Monday.


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