Enhancing Our Downtown
Downtown Action Plan
Downtown Port Coquitlam is a charming pedestrian-friendly commercial zone and a vibrant hub for arts, culture and festivals.
In fall 2017, the City of Port Coquitlam completed a year-long planning exercise designed to identify opportunities to further develop the area’s potential while retaining its small-town scale and charm.
Consultant Cushing Terrell was hired to conduct research, review best practices and consult with stakeholders and an advisory group comprised of representatives of property and business owners, the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association, developers, non-profit associations, downtown residents and community members.
- 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.
The project, intended to build on Downtown Plan ’98 (see below), was part of the City’s current update to the Official Community Plan.
The consultant’s report, Recommendations for a Downtown Action Plan, identified a number of actions that may be considered to achieve improvements in the downtown. The report was received by Council in September 2017 for information and planning purposes.
- Staff Report to Finance and Intergovernmental Committee – Downtown Actions (PDF)
- Recommendations for a Downtown Action Plan (PDF)
In the months and years to come, the report will serve as a framework for short-term and long-term actions to be taken by Council to support the downtown.
In the fall of 2019, the City endorsed the Downtown Concept Plan; a high level conceptual framework for development of key site in the Downtown.
The City reached an agreement with Quarryrock to purchase its parking lot on McAllister at fair market value. Quarryrock already owns the adjacent former commercial site at 2241-2251 McAllister Ave, formerly home to Martha’s Bakery. Quarry rock has submitted an Development Permit application to redevelop the sute with a five-storey building featuring street-level commercial space, a open public plaza, about 60 apartments and underground parking.
In April 2020, the City approved a updated streetscape design for McAllister Street that includes a wide pedestrian and boulevard area and maintains a large portion of on-street parking.
Read more here in the Staff report to Council of Committee
Downtown Plan '98
During 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.”
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#200 2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3G4
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