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Wesbild readies 50 acres around future elementary school on Burke Mountain

Two townhouse lots are being proposed for future development, one for Marigold Elementary and three for watercourse protection on five neighbourhood properties.

A well-known developer in northern Coquitlam is readying its land around a new elementary school on Burke Mountain.

Double Kappa Holdings, also known as Wesbild, is proposing two townhouse lots for future development, as well a lot for Marigold Elementary and three lots for watercourse protection on five properties along Victoria Drive, Pollard Street and David Avenue.

A public hearing on the application is set for Monday (July 11) after council last month unanimously gave first reading to the OCP and rezoning changes without discussion.

The plan also calls for a realignment of the Marigold Street collector road, according to a report by Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services.

If OK’d by council, the 50-acre development in the Partington Creek neighbourhood would be close to other projects now under city review, including:

  • Polygon’s bid for 156 townhouse units at Victoria and Cedar drives
  • Wesbild’s application for 3640 Sheffield Ave. for a townhouse lot for future development
  • City of Coquitlam’s proposal for two apartment lots and three townhouse lots for future development, plus two public park lots and six lots for future rezoning at 3639 Crouch Ave., 3512 David Ave., 3561 Gislason Ave., and 1381 and 1387 Mitchell Ave.
  • Polygon’s bid for 101 townhouse units at 3630 Harper Rd.
  • Streetside’s application for 133 townhouse units at 1295 Rocklin St.

If Double Kappa's proposal moves forward, the company would service the Marigold Elementary lot (1350 Pollard St.) and restore the natural hydrological pathways of the Star Creek watershed, Merrill wrote.

As well, the city would gain up to $666,000 in community amenity contributions and $60,000 for future child care.

In 2020, Wesbild contributed $5 million to the municipality for the construction of a lit artificial turf field at the future middle/secondary school site on Burke; it also donated six acres for Marigold Elementary.

In 2002, the company bought about 400 acres of Burke land from the B.C. government and private landowners; in 2014, it purchased another 370 acres from the province.

Coquitlam council's July 11 regular public meeting is set for 7 p.m., and you can visit the city's website for more information.