The City of Port Coquitlam launched a Let’s Talk Housing Options initiative. Three housing options were presented that aimed to accommodate growth but maintain ground-oriented dwellings: laneway houses, duplexes, and smaller lot sizes.
Meredith Seeton is a Port Coquitlam planner working on the land use revisions in the official community plan update. “We’ve been hearing from residents who want a broader range of housing types permitted because they have changing family needs as their families grow.” She cites a laneway house example which could accommodate aging parents, grown children, or as a mortgage helper. “It can be a good option for renters looking to locate in our neighbourhoods.”
The City is also analyzing its downtown core to build on the activity already generated by the five thousand new residents added in recent years. “We want to look at how we can improve the pedestrian connectivity, make it easier to get around,” says Port Coquitlam Councillor Brad West. Head of the Smart Growth Committee, he adds they are also developing an action plan to identify how to attract a mix of businesses and amenities, and how to create interest among developers.
Complete communities are a key goal of the regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future. Building complete communities with affordable and diverse housing, close to employment and amenities, with good transportation choices are designed to support walking, cycling and transit, and to foster healthy lifestyles.
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