Coquitlam council unanimously approved a zoning change earlier this year to add townhouses and medium-density apartments to Burke Mountain in a bid to create a community for families, young couples, seniors and empty nesters.
Do you support Coquitlam’s long-term plan for growth on Burke Mountain? Why?
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Growth in Burke Mountain must be balanced with environmental protection and adequate social and physical infrastructure. Burke Mountain neighbourhoods are currently starved of services and need increased bus service, a library, sport facilities and other amenities. There is also an opportunity for preserving land for outdoor leisure and recreation.
Richard Stewart (incumbent)
While I wish Burke’s foothills hadn’t been designated for development a hundred years ago, our Urban Containment Boundary protects 95 percent of Burke Mountain from development. We’re making prudent choices, balancing protecting green space with supporting housing and community development, schools, large parks, etc. Important recent changes offer more-affordable housing options.