News Flash

City News

Posted on: October 6, 2020

Have Your Say to Help Shape Coquitlam’s New Heritage Strategy

Heritage Management Strategy

COQUITLAM, B.C., Oct. 6, 2020 – Have an opinion about heritage in Coquitlam? 

The City is engaging the public this month in a discussion about all types of heritage – buildings, landscapes, culture and more – as it prepares to develop Coquitlam’s first Heritage Management Strategy since 2001. 

Those interested are encouraged to visit from Oct. 6 to 31 to complete an online survey and try out digital tools for discussing ideas and mapping important heritage sites.  

Many Opportunities to Participate

A year ago, the City began planning for a comprehensive strategy that would incorporate and build on the various plans, strategies and policies that currently govern heritage in Coquitlam. The new strategy would also establish a community vision for heritage, guide how heritage is assessed, recognized and preserved, identify pressing local issues, and engage the community in heritage matters and conservation.

With the first phase of research and analysis complete, the City now hopes to spark a community-wide discussion about heritage before building out the draft strategy this fall. A variety of digital tools are being rolled out to collect public opinion and promote dialogue through a safe, physically-distant format. 

Visit to learn about the proposed approach and provide input through digital tools such as:

  • An online survey;
  • A tool for sharing ideas and for commenting or voting on those of others; 
  • A tool to map places of significance; and
  • A form for signing up to receive project updates.

Those preferring in-person interaction can also contact City staff directly with questions and comments through emailing Planning & Development or 604-927-3400.  

Taking A Broader View of Heritage

As part of the foundation of the Heritage Management Strategy, a broader approach to heritage management will be considered, similar to that of the provincial and federal governments which looks at both intangibles – such as the community’s cultural and social development – and more traditional aspects such as materials, aesthetics, architecture and places.

The strategy will be framed around seven proposed themes that have shaped Coquitlam over time:

  • Uplands to lowlands – the impacts of natural geography;
  • Regional nexus – governance and institutions such as the relocated downtown, Riverview, schools and Tri-Cities context;
  • Diverse landscape, diverse people – the evolution of settlement and multiculturalism;
  • Sustenance economy to commercial centre – changes to the local economy over time;
  • Community connections – community life, events and parks;
  • Canoe route and SkyTrain – transportation and communication; and
  • Evolving community identity – culture, local achievements and urban/neighbourhood identity.

The approach and themes grew out of the initial phase of work that included retaining an experienced consultant, a review of existing City processes, research of best practices in heritage planning, and initial discussions with stakeholders and the Kwikwetlem First Nation. 

Next Steps for the Strategy

In addition to collecting public feedback, the project team is completing its policy work this fall and conducting direct consultation with groups such as City advisory committees, Coquitlam Heritage Society, School District 43, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and various community and neighbourhood groups.

The draft strategy is expected to be ready for presentation to Council in early 2021. Further consultation will take place in 2021 to refine the strategy prior to final adoption.

More information and background is posted at and linked to the consultation website

Media contact
Genevieve Bucher
Manager Community Planning
City of Coquitlam

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 29, 2020

Posted on: October 29, 2020
LAL Cancelled News Flash

Lights at Lafarge Cancelled for 2020

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Halloween News Flash

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Small Business Week

Coquitlam Celebrates Small Businesses

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Message From the Mayor Image

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 8, 2020

Posted on: October 8, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Oct. 2, 2020

Posted on: October 2, 2020
Boy in spray park

Spray Pads Open Until Monday in Coquitlam

Posted on: September 30, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Sept. 25, 2020

Posted on: September 25, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Sept. 28

Posted on: July 16, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Sept. 3, 2020

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Coquitlam Crunch

Stay Safe on the Trails in Bear Country

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Design Your Own 2021 Budget for Coquitlam

Posted on: September 1, 2020

Help Design the Future Sheffield Park

Posted on: August 28, 2020

Help Keep Bears Safe

Posted on: August 10, 2020

More New Patios Coming to Coquitlam

Posted on: July 20, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - July 27

Posted on: July 15, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot Reopens

Posted on: June 18, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - June 15

Posted on: June 15, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - July 6

Posted on: July 6, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - June 1

Posted on: May 20, 2020

Message From the Mayor - Youth Week

Posted on: April 29, 2020

Open Letter to Our Community

Posted on: April 9, 2020

Message from The Mayor - April 2

Posted on: April 2, 2020

Message from the Mayor

Posted on: March 26, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Feb. 24

Posted on: February 12, 2020

2020 Utility Payments are Due

Posted on: February 24, 2020

Celebrate Family Day in Coquitlam

Posted on: February 3, 2020

Heavy Rain in the Forecast

Posted on: January 30, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing - Jan. 27

Posted on: January 15, 2020

Be Prepared for Snow

Posted on: January 8, 2020