COQUITLAM, B.C., Dec. 15, 2020 – Planning will begin in the New Year for the Hazel-Coy neighbourhood, as the City looks at the future of this area on Burke Mountain.
Last night, Council approved an extensive consultation and planning process to create a comprehensive neighbourhood plan for Hazel-Coy, part of the Northwest Burke area situated north of existing Burke Mountain neighbourhoods and southwest of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park.
The Hazel-Coy neighbourhood plan will build on the Northwest Burke Vision (NBV), adopted in 2017 to guide growth in the 400-hectare (980-acre) area over the next three decades.
About the Hazel-Coy Neighbourhood
Hazel-Coy will be Burke Mountain’s fifth neighbourhood, following Lower Hyde Creek, Upper Hyde Creek, Smiling Creek and Partington Creek.
About 70 hectares (175 acres) in size, Hazel-Coy’s serpentine shape meanders up the middle of the Northwest Burke area and is bounded by Hyde Creek to the south and east, the sloped Coquitlam River escarpment to the west, and a Provincial Park to the north. An estimated 40 hectares (100 acres) of the land may be suitable for development.
The NBV’s concept for Hazel-Coy calls for a potential total of 950 homes – both single detached and townhouses – along with a small neighbourhood hub, a school and connections to natural areas, trails, playgrounds and parks. About 2,750 people will live in the neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood plan will set out policies that define what may be built and where and the new infrastructure required to service the area, including a proposed extension of Oxford Street, upgraded Hyde Creek crossing and a water reservoir for the higher elevations.
The plan will recognize Hazel-Coy’s natural amenities and history while maximizing its views, minimizing retaining walls and finding ways to work with its steep topography.
Consultation Integrated into Planning Process
The planning process has three key objectives:
- Public engagement with residents and property owners in the area, the development community, the general public, community interest groups and other stakeholders.
- Refining land-use designations, road and utility plans and creating a phasing and implementation plan.
- Plan for a complete community with consideration for the recreation and tourism area bordering Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, a local community node, transit access, housing policies, amenities and infrastructure.
Public engagement will be incorporated into all stages of the draft plan development. In-depth, meaningful dialogue will be generated through community information sessions, interviews, surveys, interactive virtual charrettes, mailouts, advertising, and engagement with advisory committees and external agencies.
Residents, landowners, developers and other key stakeholders will receive a letter introducing the project before the work begins in the New Year.
Consultation activities will be carried out in accordance with the health protocols in place at the time. It is expected that the early engagement next year will need to respect physical distancing measures and rely more heavily on digital options.
Next Steps for Hazel-Coy Neighbourhood Plan
The Hazel-Coy neighbourhood planning process will roll out in four phases:
- Phase 1 – Winter/spring 2021: Research, analysis and introductory engagement with directly-affected stakeholders.
- Phase 2 – Summer/fall 2021: Broad public engagement to share findings from the first phase and collect input to confirm the plan’s direction.
- Phase 3 – Fall 2021 to spring 2022: Development of draft plan and policies.
- Phase 4 – Spring to fall 2022: Development of final neighbourhood plan, including an implementation plan.
For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/hazelcoy. To sign up to receive updates on the Hazel-Coy Neighbourhood Plan at www.coquitlam.ca/notifyme.
Manager, Community Planning