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Burke Mountain developer needs to build a road for remnant lot

Morningsun received first reading from Coquitlam city council on July 31 to rezone a Forst Avenue lot.

A developer is proposing to build an eight-unit "multiplex" on the lower slopes of Burke Mountain.

But, if the project goes ahead, the company will have to build a road in front of the site first.

On Monday (July 31), city council unanimously gave first reading to the rezoning bid from Morningsun Homes to send the application to a public hearing on Sept. 11.

Morningsun plans to develop 3483 Forst Ave. with four buildings — each containing two units consisting of three bedrooms and a den.

The property, which is currently vacant, is a remnant parcel from an adjacent development, according to a report from Chris McBeath, Coquitlam's acting director of development services.

And it has a no-build restrictive covenant because of the lack of adequate road frontage along the southern lot line.

The covenant bans occupancy until the full width of Forst Avenue along the 23,575 sq-ft. site is built out as a local road in the Baycrest enclave of the Partington Creek neighbourhood, he said.

As well, to proceed, Morningsun would need to make frontage improvements along Forst and extend a new stormwater main along the street.

Andrew Merrill, general manager of planning and development, described a "multiplex" housing form as a cross between a single-family home and a townhouse.

If OK'd by council following the public comments, the project would bring in for the city:

  • $278,000 in development cost charges (DCC)
  • $110,000 in community amenity contributions
  • $20,000 for the child care reserve fund
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