Coquitlam’s Vision For Transit-Oriented Development

Coquitlam released its new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy, a vision for new growth along the Evergreen Line, in July 2012.

The strategy outlines how Coquitlam will maximize space and sustainability by taking advantage of the opportunities created by the Evergreen Line to create higher-density, mixed-use, walkable, connected and compact neighbourhoods.

TOD will be characterized by

• high quality urban design which includes a higher intensity mix of land uses and open spaces;

• increased and more affordable housing choices; and

• healthier lifestyles and less environmental impact through increased transit use, cycling and walking.

TOD neighbourhoods will blend into surrounding lower density neighbourhoods through a transition to lower densities and lower building heights as the distance increases away from transit hubs.

The TOD strategy includes proposed key objectives, guidelines, focus areas, neighbourhood specific planning, implementation activities and timing.

Read the strategy:

PROJECT UPDATE: On Monday July 30, 2012, Council approved the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (as amended).  Click the following link to view the final Strategy Document: http://www.coquitlam.ca/Libraries/Community_Planning_Documents/Coquitlam_Transit-Oriented_Development_Strategy.sflb.ashx

Coquitlam Transit-Oriented Development Strategy

The Evergreen Line represents a significant, long term transportation investment in Coquitlam and a key city building opportunity.  To appropriately respond to the Evergreen Line, the City developed a Transit Oriented Development Strategy to ensure that new development around future stations follows the principles of transit-oriented development: supportive densities, pedestrian-friendly streets, and a mix of land uses to allow more people to live and work close to high quality transit service.

The TDS is a high-level approach to capitalize on opportunities related to the Evergreen Line and address potential impacts.  Matching the right kind of land uses, development forms and high quality public space to the station areas will help provide greater transportation choice for residents, the local work force and visitors to the community.

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