The City of Coquitlam, which has a current population of about 130,000, was a superstar of sprawl in the 1970s and 80s. The City government has changed course in its more recent neighbourhood plans. The Austin Heights plan, dated April 2011, would see 5,000 additional residents housed between Blue Mountain and Linton streets.
“Coun. Doug Macdonell, who grew up in Austin Heights and attended Austin Heights elementary, said the area needs to be modernized. ‘It’s come to a time now where it’s pretty tired,’ he said, adding, ‘We need the density to rehabilitate this area and make it a thriving community again.’ (Tri-City News.) Continue reading