City Council adopted bylaw amendments to implement the recommendations of the Commercial Zones Review on July 6, 2020. These bylaw amendments are now in effect. You may review the report to Council or watch a recording of the Council meeting online here.
The City initiated the Commercial Zones Review to make commercial zoning regulations
more flexible for users;
easier to administer; and
more responsive to the changing needs of Coquitlam’s business community.
The City’s Zoning Bylaw has 13 commercial zones that permit a wide variety of commercial uses across Coquitlam. These uses range from local shops in residential areas, to large-scale retail and service stations in vehicle-oriented areas, to offices and restaurants in higher density pedestrian- and transit-oriented areas.
Based on direction received from Council, along with feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders, the following key changes to the Zoning Bylaw were made in July 2020:
Combine long lists of very specific uses into broader categories that are more flexible and easier to understand
Make definitions more flexible by allowing for uses similar to the ones listed
Add permitted uses to some commercial zones where reasonable
Combine zones together where they are very similar to each other, including the high-density mixed-use zones (C-4 and C-7), Service Commercial zones (CS-1 and CS-2) and Service Station zones (SS-1, SS-2 and SS-3)
Remove zones where they are very restrictive and apply to only a few properties, including the C-3 Medical Commercial zone and CS-4 Cabaret Commercial zone
Modernize the Zoning Bylaw
Draft a new low-rise, mixed-use commercial zone to accommodate modern forms of development
Revise or eliminate regulations that are outdated
Streamline the Zoning Bylaw
Reduce redundancy by moving regulations to Part 5 General Regulations
Re-organize C-5 Community Commercial zone to make it easier to understand
While existing commercial regulations are working well for many businesses, changing commercial needs and preferences present an opportunity to review the Zoning Bylaw for possible improvements.
The Review covered the Commercial, Service Commercial and Service Station zones, as well as other relevant regulations and definitions in the Zoning Bylaw. The Review does not cover industrial zones, parking and loading requirements, signage, business licensing costs and procedures, or commercial taxation rates.