Transit-Oriented Areas

At the end of 2023, the B.C. Government passed several pieces of legislation that apply across the province and impact the City of Coquitlam’s planning framework and development finance system. 

Among these legislative changes is Bill 47, which mandates increased densities and heights in prescribed Transit-Oriented Areas. 

Transit-Oriented Areas – New Requirements

Under this new legislation, for all lands currently zoned for residential or mixed residential uses and located within 800 metres of a rapid transit station (i.e. SkyTrain station), the City must: 

  • Designate these lands as Transit-Oriented Areas by June 30, 2024.
  • Allow the following minimum densities and heights set out by the Province:
TierPrescribed Distance from Station (metres)Min. Allowable Density (FAR)*Min. Allowable Height (storeys)
1200 or less5.0Up to 20
2Greater than 200 to 4004.0Up to 12
3Greater than 400 to 8003.0Up to 8
*FAR stands for Floor Area Ratio.
  • Eliminate minimum residential off-street parking requirements by June 30, 2024.

Stay tuned for additional information as implementation of the legislation related to Transit-Oriented Areas progresses.

For further information on the provincial mandates, see our provincial housing changes webpage

Background Documents