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Coquitlam councillor applies to city to subdivide Burke property

Coun. Brent Asmundson plans to turn part of his Roxton Avenue property over to the city for streamside protection.

Coquitlam Coun. Brent Asmundson was not in the Chambers for the vote.

But his council colleagues on Monday (June 12) unanimously supported first reading of his land-use bid to move it to a public hearing on July 10.

Asmundson, who excused himself from the room for a perceived conflict of interest, is applying with his wife, Daniela, for a rezoning of their property at 3456 Roxton Ave. on Burke Mountain.

Asmundson, under the applicant DK Bowins & Associates, is proposing four single-family residential parcels and a Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) lot to be built in two phases.

The proposed rezoning, if approved, would see the land on the site’s western side changed to a Special Park designation to protect a tributary of West Smiling Creek, with the SPEA lot transferred to the city as a separate titled parcel.

“Tributary 1,” as it is called, is listed as non-fish bearing, according to a June 5 report from Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services.

The rest of the one-acre property would see three new single-family residential lots and one remainder lot on Roxton Avenue for the existing house — the latter of which would be razed in Phase 2 to create more single-family lots in the future.

Located in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood, the property slopes nine metres downward.

If OK’d, Asmundson would have to build the southern half of Roxton Avenue as well as pay:

  • $181,000 in development cost charges
  • $16,500 in community amenity contributions
  • $5,000 for the child care reserve fund

Merrill wrote that the application fits within the Smiling Creek Neighbourhood Plan, boosts housing supply in the area and safeguards Tributary 1 of West Smiling Creek.

Still, Mayor Richard Stewart said Asmundson has taken heat for the proposal — and for being open about it.

The public hearing on July 10 is at Coquitlam City Hall at 7 p.m. To comment, visit