What’s happening on the mountain?
Amid a plan to create a community consisting of approximately 2,000 units and 120,000 square feet of commercial space over 39 acres, Coquitlam is inviting residents to take a closer look at the city’s Burke Mountain plans.
While many details have yet to be worked out, the city’s general idea is to tweak the official community plan to allow for townhouses and medium density apartments, “for families, young couples, seniors and empty nesters,” according to a release from the city. The apartments would be slotted in along the north and south edges of the development in areas currently earmarked for townhouses.
The proposal would also involve expanding the public park space from 1.8 acres to 4.6 acres. Recreation in the area would also be provided by an 80,000 square foot community centre, tentatively slated to open in 2026.
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The development’s success hinges on creating a walkable community in which, “vibrant and diverse mix of people” support retails and amenities, according to the release.
The city is planning to host a virtual information session March 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The city is also slated to host an in-person session March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burke Mountain Discovery Centre.
Coquitlam has previously been scrutinized over the environmental impact of developing on Burke Mountain, with Port Coquitlam environmental coordinator Scott Walmsley linking the development to increased bear activity.
“The more that’s developed up Burke Mountain, the more bears are displaced,” Walmsley said during a 2021 Port Coquitlam council session.
That displacement leads to move bears roving in urban areas like Port Coquitlam, Walmsley concluded.
The Burke Mountain development is intended to increase protected environmental areas on Burke Mountain, establishing a bigger protected area around Baycrest Creek, according to a release from Coquitlam.