Rezoning Application: 560 Sydney Avenue (PROJ 21-119), Coquitlam

Rezoning Application: 560 Sydney Avenue (PROJ 21-119), Coquitlam

  • Coquitlam
  • rezoning application
March 9, 2022

Lot Size: 39,256 Sqft

The city is applying to rezone one lot from P-2 Special Institutional to CD-30 Comprehensive Development. The project is consisted of two different rezoning application (PROJ 21-119 and PRO 21-031). The information in this post regards to PRO 21-119. In addition, the applicant requests the transfer of approximately 5,481 sq. m. (59,000 sq. ft.) of rental density from 560 Sydney Avenue to PROJ 21-031 in exchange for an equivalent amount of strata residential density.

In 1969, the City donated the lands located at 560 Sydney Avenue to the Burquitlam Senior Housing Society to construct a seniors’ housing facility. The property ownership reverted back to the City under the terms of a covenant on title.

In 2019, Council committed to replacing the seniors’ housing by leasing a different City-owned site to a non-profit seniors’ housing provider. The subject properties at 594, 596, 600 and 602 Sydney Avenue were later selected as the most feasible development site.

The 3,647 sq. m. (39,256 sq. ft.) subject site is designated High Density Apartment Residential in the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) and is located one block south of Austin Avenue. The property has a moderate slope of approximately 6.5 metres (m.) (21.3 feet (ft.)) from southwest to northeast. The vacant BLCC building remains on the site.

The subject development application does not propose construction at this time. Should Council approve the proposed rezoning, the current owner would sell the subject site to a developer (the “future owner”) who would be required to apply for a subdivision and development permit to facilitate any future development.

Expected development from Feasibility Test:

  • High-rise building
  • Approximate 289 dwelling units in 20,059 Sq.m (215,910 sq.ft)