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More market housing planned for Burquitlam, Burke Mountain in Coquitlam

The city of Coquitlam will hold a public hearing on March 15 to discuss proposals for market housing in Burquitlam and Burke Mountain.
north view of Dansey
The north view of the Belford (Dansey) Properties Ltd. Partnership project, from Dansey Avenue.

Two large housing projects are on the books for Coquitlam neighbourhoods where the city is pushing for more people to live.

And, on Monday, Coquitlam residents can Zoom into a public hearing to listen in and have their say on the land-use changes.

In southwest Coquitlam — an older area that the municipality is trying to densify around the Evergreen Extension, close to the Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain station — a six-storey building with 128 market condos is planned to be built on four lots: 597, 599, 601 and 603 Dansey Ave.

The bid by Belford (Dansey) Properties Ltd. Partnership was revised after a public hearing last July, when city council granted second and third readings for 109 units as part of the Affordable Home Ownership Program (AHOP) in partnership with BC Housing, plus another 19 market units.

In his report, Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services, wrote the pandemic and the AHOP funding parameters put a wrench in the original plans; now, Belford seeks an all-market development.

If approved by city council, the Belford project would bring in about $1.48 million in development cost charges (DCC) plus $256,000 in voluntary community amenity contributions (CAC), Merrill wrote.

Meanwhile, in northeast Coquitlam, Woodbridge Developments plans 24 townhouses at 3489 Baycrest Ave., in the Partington Creek neighbourhood. The proposal, if approved, would see Gislason and Baycrest avenues built, from east to west along the north and south boundary lines.

That Burke Mountain development would add $620,300 to city coffers in DCC as well as $113,000 in CAC, according to a report.

When built out, the Partington Creek neighbourhood will be hub for Burke Mountain, with shops, a recreation centre and multi-family homes. 

The other Burke neighbourhoods are Upper Hyde Creek, Lower Hyde Creek and Smiling Creek; city staff are now consulting with stakeholders on the Hazel-Coy Neighbourhood Plan, for the top of Coast Meridian Road.

The city is now estimating 50,000 residents will call Burke Mountain home.

• The public hearing on March 15 starts at 7 p.m. and is held via Zoom. To comment on the bids, call 604-927-3010 or visit coquitlam.ca/publichearing. To watch the hearing online, go to coquitlam.ca/webcasts.