INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOCIETies’ DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL AT 3100 OZADA AVENUE, COQUITLAM
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.
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.
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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% of Coquitlam residents make less than $35,000 per year, while the median renter household earns $46,245 per year. (Source)
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)
The total number of non-market rental housing units in Coquitlam (housing coops, seniors housing, near-market housing and supportive housing/emergency shelters). (Source)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|Site Area||56,974 sq.ft. / 5293 sq.m.|
|Floor Area Ratio||2.49 FSR|
|Family Oriented Homes||99 (incl. in total homes count)|
|Vehicle Parking||141 stalls (incl. accessible & visitor)|
Estimated Renewal Timeline
Formal Submission to City of Coquitlam
Community Website Launch
May 19 – June 9, 2020
Public Input Period
City Planning Internal Review
Frequently Asked Questions
BC Housing develops, manages and administers a range of subsidized housing options and programs across British Columbia.
dys architecture has been creating architecture that has a positive impact on the lives of its’ users, the surrounding neighbourhood and the community at large since 1982. dys’ process centres on inclusion, creativity and passion, with an emphasis on collaboration both inside and outside the firm.
As Social Purpose Real Estate experts, affordable housing projects are the cornerstone of Terra’s business. Terra work closely with not-for-profit societies and municipalities to develop housing for low- and middle-income households in neighbourhoods across British Columbia.
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.