Coquitlam Votes October 20th!
“Connecting Communities and Generations”
Curb the Crisis
Houses are where we make our homes, but the current market is forcing youth and seniors out of Coquitlam. Innovations such as rental-only zoning, shared or intergenerational housing can help keep our families together.
Coquitlam has led the Lower Mainland in “affordable” developments, but it is time to double down our efforts and ensure that not a single resident is left homeless.
This is a wealthy city; no one should be left to fend for themselves on the street.
While we have a variety of choices for children to keep busy, upon graduation kids head downtown for fun. With a healthy and safe entertainment sector, we can keep youth in town and attract a robust, fresh economy. As unaffordable housing pushes people east, wouldn’t it be great if they stopped in Coquitlam?
Access to rapid transit, shopping and restaurants makes our city the perfect place to set up shop!
Attract Strategic Business
Having a booming entertainment industry would of course bring some local jobs, but in order to really capitalize on employment, in conjunction with developers, we must make strategic partnerships with groups we want in town, in areas such as senior care and health, both physical and mental.
A percentage of commercial developments should also be set aside for small businesses.
Build Wisely, not Widely
With over a million people to move to the Lower Mainland in the next decade, it is clear that we need to continue building homes– but in the right places.
Density around transit hubs is clearly a must, as we see in the Lougheed neighbourhood, but continuing unaffordable urban sprawl up Burke Mountain will only compound the housing crisis. New units should be strictly regulated to ensure that they are occupied, not just used as an investment to dump foreign capital. Also, as empty brick and mortar businesses languish in major centers, we must incentivize owners to make use of their commercial spaces.
As our population continues to grow, we must consider their mobility. While we want residents to be able to work in Coquitlam, the reality is that many must commute beyond our borders. One way to help is to insist that developers include green, public transit in their projects to connect communities to major hubs and get people off dependence on cars. Encouraging ride sharing will also help ease congestion.
Continuing the Mayors’ Council 10-year transit plan is in Coquitlam’s best interest.
In a world that can change dramatically from one cycle to the next, government must be prepared to consider new concepts to tackle issues of the present and the future.
While it may turn out that some of these innovations wouldn’t work out, it is imperative that our representatives be willing to challenge, discuss and experiment with solutions that have been proven effective in other jurisdictions.
Here are some ideas that Coquitlam could bring to the table:
- Resident-first housing opportunities
- Tri-Cities “Housing First”
- Hybrid, mental health police officer
- Ban on single-use plastics
- Carbon neutral city infrastructure
- 24-hour sexual health clinic
- Coquitlam city fair
- Indigenize public green space