Municipal News- Port Coquitlam
April 21, 2020
Property tax increase cancelled and payments deadlines delayed
At the Council meeting on April 7, Port Coquitlam City Council agreed to eliminate this year’s proposed tax increase – originally 0.48 per cent for the average home assessed at $735,185 – while giving property owners until Sept. 2 to pay their 2020 taxes and utilities, and waiving fees for non-sufficient funds. Measures to ensure cash-flow for the city were also given the go-ahead.
To balance the budget, the city will reduce non-essential spending and place a hold on external hiring except for critical positions.
July 8, 2019
Floor Area Exemption amendment referred to staff
On the June 25 Council Meeting, the proposed amendment to change floor area exemptions regarding secondary suites was referred back to staff for further analysis. This decision was made by Council after hearing from speakers at the Public Hearing held the same evening.
In the staff report dated May 28, 2019, the following recommendations were made:
- that the current exclusion of any area within a basement from the floor area ratio calculation be amended to impose a maximum exemption of a 0.15. This amendment is intended to address concerns related to multiple suites within basements as well as the greater bulk of buildings resulting from home builders maximizing exempt square footage;
- that permitted areas within a dwelling located within the flood plain and below the habitable floor elevation be restricted to address two major concerns: a. areas below the habitable flood elevation being converted to habitable uses despite the area being identified as vulnerable to potential flooding, and b. the increased impact of large buildings due to the floor area ratio exemption applying to all space below the flood construction level; and,
- that new definitions be added to define and restrict kitchens, accessory kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities to help avoid easy conversion of dwellings to include unauthorized suites that are additional to the permitted principal dwelling unit and secondary suite.
We will provide a further update once staff have completed their analysis and this item returns to Council.