Downtown Action Plan
Downtown Port Coquitlam is a charming pedestrian-friendly commercial zone and a vibrant hub for arts, culture and festivals. But what more could it be?
From fall 2016 to spring 2017, the City of Port Coquitlam is developing an action plan that will identify how to attract a broader mix of services and amenities to the downtown while retaining its small-town scale and charm.
The project includes extensive consultation with the community, downtown businesses and property owners, developers, business associations and potential investors, through an advisory group and other methods.
The City has hired a consultant to assist with the project, which will build on Downtown Plan '98 and is part of the City's current update to the Official Community Plan.
Specifically, the Downtown Action Plan will set out how the City can enhance downtown by:
- Attracting developers and businesses,
- Purchasing and selling lands to facilitate future developments,
- Creating opportunities for development that will be acted upon by owners, developers and desired businesses, and
- Offering incentives to promote growth.
Project Highlights & Updates
The Downtown Action Plan is being developed through a three-phased process:
Phase 1 – Assessment and Evaluation - In the first phase, the consultant conducted an assessment of downtown.
- With input from the Advisory Group, Council and the downtown business community, the consultant identified a range of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to our downtown.
- The consultant surveyed 200 residents, visitors, workers and business owners in the downtown. Survey results included:
- The top areas for desired improvement are events/festivities/entertainment (39.5%), personal safety (29%), unique local shops (27%), small town feel (26.5%), and face-lift (23.5%).
- The average time spent per downtown visit was 80 minutes,
- The average number of visits to the downtown per month was 14
- Over half of respondents said their main reason for coming downtown was to do groceries or go for coffee
- Over a quarter of respondents walk to get to the downtown
- The consultant determined that the retail trade area of the downtown (the area in which the majority of the customers of the downtown live) includes a population of 104,000 and almost 40,000 households.
- A storefront inventory was undertaken. The downtown includes almost 250,000 sq.ft. of street front space. The vacancy rate is less than 3%. A quarter of street front businesses are professional, medical or dental, and almost 20% of businesses are food and beverage.
Phase 2 - The consultant is now building on this information to develop options for improvements and actions the City could take, such as business attraction strategies, incentives for improvements and development, and public realm and streetscape improvements.
The next phase will entail refining these opportunities into recommendations for short, medium and long term actions.
Learn More & Stay Informed About the Downtown Action Plan
- Share your ideas or email your questions to Planning Division Manager Jennifer Little at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you would like to be kept up to date and be included in outreach, please share your name, email, and involvement with the downtown.
- Advisory Group Terms of reference (PDF)
Downtown Plan '98During the late 1990s, Downtown Plan '98 was developed through a public process to provide a guiding framework for the revitalization of the downtown area. The municipal staff worked with community residents and businesses to determine a vision of what the core area could ultimately look like in the future.
Downtown Plan '98 illustrates this vision through various components such as policies and land use designations and is reflected in the Official Community Plan as a Development Permit Area for the downtown area.
"Downtown Port Coquitlam will become the dynamic centre of a small, vibrant, livable city. At its core will be lively "High Street" retail district - with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, specialty food stores and personal services. It will also be characterized by attractive residential areas, with a variety of housing catering to many needs; a network of pedestrian and bicycle pathways; a wide array of public parks and amenities; and an impressive civic precinct."
Downtown Street Beautification Plan (1999)
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