Posted on January 18, 2015

Coquitlam’s Transit-Oriented Development Strategy Takes Shape

As cities across Metro Vancouver encourage density around Expo and Millennium line SkyTrain stations, the City of Coquitlam is getting an opportunity to densify along the Evergreen Line. The city plans to manage an expected influx of population by focusing new development around transit hubs.

Coquitlam’s Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TDS), approved by council in 2012, aims to create “high quality urban design that promotes sustainable transportation choices within compact and complete neighbourhoods.”

With Evergreen Line construction now half complete, city planners say by the year 2041, approximately 92,500 new residents will call Coquitlam home. Put into perspective, that is more than the current population of Kamloops. Planners also say that 44 per cent (41,000 people) of that population growth will be focused along the Evergreen Line.

One needs to look no further than Beedie Living’s project, Crown at Burquitlam Station, to see how intelligent urban planning is taking shape in Coquitlam.

“As West Coquitlam gets built, Crown’s homeowners will be surrounded by more restaurants, retailers and other amenities,” says Houtan Rafii, Vice President of Residential Development at Beedie Living. “Crown will be just steps away from Burquitlam Station, and that gives our residents everything Metro Vancouver has to offer.”

Retailers already confirmed outside Burquitlam Station include Shoppers Drug Mart, CarePoint Medical Centre, a UPS depot and a 50,000-square-foot grocery store.

With rapid transit and a population boom will come economic opportunity and spinoff benefits. The city anticipates just shy of 43,000 new jobs will be created by 2041, with a good portion of those being located in higher density areas.

Major structures on the Evergreen Line, such as the elevated guideway and tunnel boring, are expected to be finished by mid-2015. The $1.4-billion rapid transit project is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016.

Crown at Burquitlam Station is currently in the pre-construction phase at 520 Como Lake Avenue, with homes selling now.