Transportation projects in Coquitlam during 2014

A map of tranportation projects in Coquitlam during 2014, as part of the cities capital projects.

A map of transportation projects in Coquitlam during 2014, as part of the city’s capital projects (interactive version here)

Transportation is an important part of a municipality’s development and growth, and as a quickly developing city Coquitlam has many on going projects that promote efficient transportation choices.

According to the City of Coquitlam’s website, its priority is to “provide safe, cost efficient and accessible transportation options for all people.”

These options include public transit, walking, cycling, driving, airports, and trucks/goods movement.

Current road and construction projects in 2014 include Pinetree Way enhancement, Evergreen Line ALRT projects, Port Mann/Highway 1 construction, and many road and utility improvement projects.

An interactive version of the map is available, including specific details on projects and locations.

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Coquitlam green carts save residents money, less trucks on road

Metro Vancouver will ban food scraps from landfills in 2015.

Metro Vancouver will ban food scraps from landfills in 2015.

Residents of Coquitlam are saving up to 20 per cent of their city garbage bills and seeing less trucks on the road, since the new food scraps management system went into effect July 2014.

The green waste program was implemented to reduce the amount of compostable materials in residents’ garbage, and is in preparation for Metro Vancouver’s upcoming ban on green waste in landfills.

Coquitlam encouraged public participation in the city’s green waste program by providing kitchen catchers for food scraps, and wildlife-proof green waste carts for the curb. Continue reading

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Building permits in Coquitlam slow, staff lacking knowledge: report

Coquitlam homeowners and developers making renovations were not impressed with timeliness and staff knowledge of building permits, according to a recent report submitted to city council.

The building permits division 2014 user feedback report details feedback obtained from a sample group of  customers, inquiring into which services work well and which need improvement. The building permits division 2014 user feedback report was submitted to Coquitlam city council from the general manager of planning and development at a council-in-committee meeting. Continue reading

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Children and the future of Coquitlam’s green spaces

A young girl waters plants that are part of a dress made of flower and plant pots, at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Photo:Geoffery Kehrig

A young girl waters plants that are part of a dress made of flower and plant pots, at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Photo: Geoffery Kehrig

Coquitlam is helping to protect the future of its green spaces with the increasing number of ways the city is involving youth in the environment.

The city is becoming more urban and as the various lures to play inside are increasing, children may be less tempted to play outdoors.

As a community with strong ties to the surrounding environment, a generation of residents that are not interested in preserving the environment could be detrimental to future of the cities parks and green spaces. Continue reading

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Environment and wildlife in Coquitlam

While Coquitlam is quickly expanding its urban and commercial reach, nature and the environment continue to be an integrated part of the community that literally flows through the city centre.

Urban wildlife education and bear aware programs are offered to the public from the city (Geoffery Kehrig)

Urban wildlife education and bear aware programs are offered to the public from the city (Geoffery Kehrig)

Hoy Creek is home to the annual Salmon Come Home event that takes place every fall when the salmon return to the creek. Rodney Lee, hatchery manager at Hoy-Scott Watershed Society, said the central location of Hoy Creek provides an opportunity for the community to “have a direct hand in helping both the environment, the habitat, and salmon.”

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Urban development in Coquitlam

Jim McIntyre has been working with Coquitlam planning and developing for nearly ten years, and he describes it as “an ongoing transformation from a suburban bedroom community, to a very diverse community.”

He said Coquitlam’s commercial growth has kept pace with the residential development, and the industrial area along the Trans-Canada Highway is generating employment opportunities. Continue reading

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Community in Coquitlam

The city of Coquitlam is an intricate pattern of neighbourhoods that vary from the busy city centre to the quickly developing, but still very wild, Burke Mountain. Coquitlam has a three-level approach to community planning with its  broadest plan the Citywide Official Community Plan, which looks at the big picture of the city as a whole. Continue reading

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