Port Coquitlam — working the plan

The cover of Port Coquitlam's 1998 downtown plan

Measured by its regional media profile, Port Coquitlam is a city that most people ignore.  There’s not really a port here, as I mentioned in an earlier post; there are railyards, trucking companies, a jail, and a recent proliferation of big box stores on the eastern fringe.

Apartment housing near the Coquitlam River, Port CoquitlamUp close, though, the local government has done a decent job of delivering on its 1998 plan [no longer available online] to build an urban village around the downtown core.  The plan is more detailed than most of its counterparts around the region, and more focused on the value of village residential development. Continue reading