Transit-Oriented Development 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 Development Areas. 

Transit-Oriented Development Areas in Coquitlam

These new rules affect eight areas in Coquitlam close to SkyTrain stations. 

On July 8, Coquitlam City Council approved three bylaws needed to comply with Bill 47:

  • Transit-Oriented Areas Designation Bylaw 5393, 2024 officially designates the eight Transit-Oriented Areas located within Coquitlam.
  • Zoning Amendment Bylaw 5394, 2024 removes requirements to provide residential off-street parking within Transit-Oriented Areas.
  • Zoning Amendment Bylaw 5396, 2024 revises the boundaries of Schedule ‘O’: Evergreen Line Core and Shoulder Station Areas, revising the ‘core’ areas to reflect the boundaries of Transit-Oriented Areas

For more details, refer to the June 17 Report to Council in the Background Documents section

Transit-Oriented Development 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