Don't be surprised at the proposed changes to Windsor Gate development in Coquitlam to create more highrises instead of low-rise apartments as developers and consumers take stock of the advantages of the coming Evergreen Line.
When the cities of Port Moody and Coquitlam called for a rapid transit line to the Tri-Cities, they were ushering in a new phase of development - one that is more transit-oriented than car-oriented.
There is still a mix of housing and family-oriented properties are still available on Burke Mountain and on Port Moody's North Shore but new development taking shape over the next 20 years will surely be in the form of highrise towers for downsizing seniors and young people who want to take advantage of the walkability of a city centre neighbourhood.
Do these developments change the shape of the Tri-Cities? Yes, and policy makers from city councillors to school trustees will have to watch carefully as these communities move from suburban to urban.
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