Infill Housing (Housing Choices)

Please note: In late 2023 and spring 2024, the Province introduced housing-related legislative changes that require the City to rewrite municipal rules around zoning, development, fees and charges, and public engagement. The information on this web page may be out of date. Visit Housing Changes in Coquitlam for more information.

Providing different housing options is critical to addressing a range of housing needs, meeting projected housing demand in Coquitlam, and enhancing community livability. The City has encouraged more housing choice, in part, through infill housing. 

Housing Choices Program

The Housing Choices Program was adopted in 2011, and updated in 2019, to facilitate new small-scale, ground-oriented housing options in low-density areas of Southwest Coquitlam.  A wide range of housing options are permitted including, backyard suites, narrow-lot single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and multiplexes.  

The goals of the Housing Choices Program are to:

  • maintain healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods through housing projects that are pedestrian-oriented and make a positive contribution and enhancement to neighbourhoods
  • provide for a greater sense of community
  • enhance livability
  • increase access to more affordable housing options

The Housing Choices Program applies only to properties in Southwest Coquitlam with the Citywide Official Community Plan land use designation “Neighbourhood Attached Residential” (also known as “Housing Choices areas”) and that are zoned RT-1 “Infill Residential” or RT-3 “Multiplex Residential” in the Zoning Bylaw.  

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