Pinetree Court

INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOCIETies’ DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL AT 3100 OZADA AVENUE, COQUITLAM

Rendering showing proposed street location of the new Pinetree Court at 3100 Ozada Ave

Introduction

Affordable Housing Societies (“AHS”), in collaboration with Terra Housing, dys Architects and BC Housing, have applied to the City of Coquitlam to renew their property at 3100 Ozada Avenue, Coquitlam. The proposed project, subject to Council approval, includes a 6-storey wood frame building composed of 165 non-market apartments, with a mix of 1-bed – 3 bed homes. The new homes will deliver affordable rentals for moderate and low-income individuals and families, as well as households with middle incomes.

AHS’s primary goals are to help combat Metro Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis, and to ensure the exiting residents are fully supported through the renewal process.

Through the proposed redevelopment, AHS will be able to include a variety of improvements to the property including increased accessibility and sustainability features, as well as any requirements that have been added to building code over the last 15 years.

Housing Need

Metro Vancouver is dealing with a housing affordability crisis, and as a non-profit housing provider one of AHS’s primary goals is to build more affordable homes for those who need one. You can find out more about Coquitlam’s housing needs here.

1 in 4

The proportion of Coquitlam households paying more than 30% of their income on housing. Almost 8% will be at risk of homelessness by 2023. (Source)

37%

37% of Coquitlam residents make less than $35,000 per year, while the median renter household earns $46,245 per year. (Source)

50%

7.6% of households in Coquitlam are considered to be in core housing need and are spending at least half of their income on housing. (Source)

2,600

The total number of non-market rental housing units in Coquitlam (housing coops, seniors housing, near-market housing and supportive housing/emergency shelters). (Source)

2,000

Coquitlam requires 6,000 new units by 2023 to meet growing housing demands. In 2015, the City projected that 2,000 of these new units would need to be below or slightly below market for higher need households. As of August 31, 2019 – almost 700 below market homes were in the City’s approval process (1,300 still required by 2023). (Source & Source 2)

Community Benefits

If approved, the proposal will benefit the community through the creation of long-term, high quality secured below market rental housing with a strong emphasis on family housing. Key benefits include:

Increased affordable rental housing stock

With 165 new purpose-built blow market rental homes.

Family oriented housing

The proposal will include more housing options for families with approximately 60% 2- and 3- bedroom homes.

Resident amenity space

The proposal envisions both an indoor and outdoor amenity area for residents, complete with a children’s play area to encourage an inclusive and connected community on site.

Accessible to sustainable transport options

The site is well serviced by transit and in close proximity to employment and local amenities including shops and services, schools, healthcare and parks.

The proposed project, subject to Council approval, includes a 6-storey wood frame building composed of 165 non-market apartments, with a mix of 1-bed – 3 bed homes. This is an increase of 108 affordable homes (189%) that are desperately needed in the City of Coquitlam.

Project Details

Affordable Housing Societies (“AHS”), in collaboration with Terra Housing, dys Architects and BC Housing have applied to renew 3100 Ozada Avenue (Pinetree Court).

The site, which is in close proximity to the Evergreen Line and Coquitlam Centre, contains 57 existing townhouse units, which are nearing the end of their life cycle. Under the City Centre Development Permit Area, the property is located in an area that is zoned for medium-density residential. Due to site specific considerations, AHS is proposing a 6-storey building composed of 165 below market affordable apartments. This is an increase of 108 affordable homes (189% increase on the property) that are desperately needed in the City of Coquitlam.

AHS remains focused on ensuring that current tenants are treated fairly and are supported through the this redevelopment process. Read more about the Existing Tenant plan below.

Policy Context

Coquitlam’s City Centre is one of eight designated Regional Town Centres in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy.

The City Centre is the “downtown” for the Northeast Sector of Metro Vancouver, providing a full array of retail, office, cultural, recreational and educational services for this part of the Region.

The site is currently zoned as “RM-2 Three Storey Medium Density Apartment Residential” which allows the development of 3 storey apartment and townhouse developments at medium density.

In order to renew the property and provide much needed affordable rentals for moderate and low-income individuals and families in Coquitlam, the application seeks to rezone the site to allow for apartment developments between 4 and 8 storeys at a medium density. At the recommendation of staff, it has been determined that should the application be approved, the property would be rezoned to a “CD zone”, rather than a “RM-3 zone” as formerly cited. The CD zone is based on the RM-3 (Multi-Storey Medium Density Apartment Residential) zone with the same intent.

The City Centre area, within which the site is located, has experienced redevelopment in recent years, adding opportunities for increased density to meet housing needs in the Lower Mainland. Proximity to abundant transit, services, and recreational opportunities makes this site an ideal location for multi-story apartment residential housing.

Tenant Relocation

AHS is focused on ensuring that current tenants are treated fairly and with great respect.

This will be demonstrated by providing notice, constant contact, appropriate compensation, relocation support/follow-up, coverage of moving costs/assistance, and right of first refusal on the new building units.

For all tenant related inquiries or questions, please contact us at info@pinetreecourt.ca.

Project Location

Located in Coquitlam City Centre, Pinetree Court on Ozada Avenue is bordered by Inlet Street to the east, Pipeline Road to the west, and an existing multi-family housing complex to the south. The existing buildings on site include 57 family units and is in close proximity to the Evergreen Line and Coquitlam Centre.

The building form wraps the street edges of the site, creating a large, south-facing courtyard for outdoor resident amenity space, including a children’s play area. Residents will also have access to an indoor amenity space which will connect with the outdoor courtyard and play area.

Ground-floor units are designed with exterior entry steps, activating the building’s relationship with the street level; ground-floor units maintain privacy through terraced planters and entry steps leading to broad patios.

Project Statistics

Overall Statistics
Site Area56,974 sq.ft. / 5293 sq.m.
Height6 storeys
Floor Area Ratio2.49 FSR
Existing ZoningRM-2
Proposed ZoningCD-zone
Residential
Total Homes165
1-Bedroom 48
1-Bedroom (accessible)18
2-Bedrooms58
2-Bedrooms (accessible)12
3-Bedrooms29
Family Oriented Homes99 (incl. in total homes count)
Parking
Vehicle Parking141 stalls (incl. accessible & visitor)
Bicycle Parking 210

Estimated Renewal Timeline

April 2020

Formal Submission to City of Coquitlam

May 2020

Community Website Launch

May 19 – June 9, 2020

Public Input Period

Ongoing

City Planning Internal Review

Summer 2020

First Reading

Fall 2020

Public Hearing

Frequently Asked Questions

Located in Coquitlam City Centre, Pinetree Court on Ozada Avenue is bordered by Inlet Street to the east, Pipeline Road to the west, and an existing multi-family housing complex to the south. The existing buildings on site, which is nearing the end of its lifecycle, includes 57 family units and is in close proximity to the Evergreen Line and Coquitlam Centre.

Metro Vancouver is dealing with a housing affordability crisis, and as a non-profit housing provider, one of our primary goals is to build more affordable homes for those who need one. Another primary goal for AHS is to ensure that it can continue to offer high quality housing for its current and future residents, for decades to come. With the development of new buildings, AHS will be able to include a variety of improvements to the buildings, including accessibility and sustainability features, as well as any requirements that have been added to building code over the last 15 years.

The preliminary proposal seeks to rezone the properties at 3100 Ozada Avenue, Coquitlam, to deliver a new below market rental building with 165 new homes and residential amenity spaces. Highlights include:

  • 165 below market homes
  • 141 vehicle parking spaces
  • 210 bicycle parking spaces
  • Indoor and outdoor resident amenity space

The new homes will deliver affordable rentals for moderate and low-income individuals and families, as well as households with middle incomes.

We believe the plan we are putting forward is the right plan for this site, adding a net gain of 108 additional affordable homes in the area. There are site specific considerations that limit our ability to develop additional density at this site. These site conditions mean that there are cost-prohibitive design measures that would be needed in order to provide the necessary number of underground parking stalls required by City parking policies if a larger number of homes were proposed on the site.

AHS is focused on ensuring that current tenants are treated fairly and with great respect by receiving notice, constant contact, appropriate compensation, relocation support/follow-up, coverage of moving costs/assistance, and right of first refusal on the new building units.

AHS will work with all residents currently living at Pinetree Court to find the best available accommodations. Those who are interested and eligible will be offered the opportunity to move into the newly constructed building once it is complete.

AHS is a non-profit that provides a mix of housing options for seniors, families, and people with disabilities. In most cases, the rent for our residents is linked to their income level. For those residents relocating within an AHS property on a rent geared to income plan, their rents will stay the same as long as their income does. For those residents whose rent is at Low End of Market they will be able to return at their previous rent with an inflationary adjustment.

The new property will have a mix of seniors and families in need of an affordable home. The proposal would create 165 nonmarket apartments, with a mix of 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed units.

A comprehensive traffic analysis has been completed and submitted to the City of Coquitlam for review as part of the application. The analysis will be subject to rigorous interview review by City staff.

We are currently in the early planning stages for this proposal. A formal rezoning application was submitted to the City of Coquitlam in April 2020.

This project has not yet been approved and will be subject to the City-led public process, which includes further public consultation, review by the City’s Planning Department and an eventual Public Hearing. Please check back regularly for updates on timing.

Construction (subject to approval from the City) would take place over a period of approximately 24 to 36 months and could commence as early as 2021. At this early stage in the proposal’s evolution, it’s difficult to be definitive.

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Tenants are selected following standard criteria used by most landlords, such as satisfactory previous landlord references and payment history. Applicants who require housing based on income must register with the Housing Registry where they are scored based on information provided to determine relative need. This ensures a fair and impartial selection process. The length of waiting time on the Housing Registry depends on the number of vacancies and the number of applicants listed. Applicants for market rent units may have a maximum income requirement or a household composition requirement.

Anyone interested in getting on the Housing Registry can contact them by calling 604-433-2218. Applications for market rent units are available at the specific Affordable Housing properties.

http://www.bchousing.org/Options/Subsidized_Housing/Apply/Apply-registry

Engage With Us

In light of the current health crisis related to COVID-19, we would like to encourage your virtual input on our project. You may have received our community notification advising you of our website. As advertised, in lieu of hosting a voluntary in-person Public Information Meeting, we have created an online comment form for the community to share their feedback and questions.

Our formal comment period is May 19 to June 9, 2020.

Comment Hotline: (604) 558-1236

Alternatively, if you prefer a hard copy version, have any specific questions, or would like to share your comments about the proposal via telephone, please call: (604) 558-1236.







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