Over my long career as a realtor, I have learned a thing or two. Every home buyer is different, as is every moving situation, but the one thing I know for sure is that it can be hard moving to a new city if you are not familiar with how things run. Other than finding your new home, of course, the very first thing you should do when moving to a new city it to familiarize yourself with the municipal governance, utility services and community programs that you can take advantage of.
Like any town, Port Coquitlam has its own distinctive regulations and services that you will need to be aware of if you are planning to move to this wonderful community. Read on to learn more about Port Coquitlam’s local utilities and municipal governance if you are planning on buying a home in this town.
Bylaws and How They are Enforced
To help the community run as smoothly as possible, Port Coquitlam has a number of bylaws that its citizens should be aware of. However, unlike some communities, Port Coquitlam’s bylaws are written and enforced with an eye towards compliance, rather than punishment. Although these rules cover almost every aspect of community life, four major categories will cover most community interactions. These four categories are: Animal Control, Vector Control, Business Licensing and Community Policing. Enforcement of these bylaws is handled by the Bylaws Services department, which is located in the Port Coquitlam City Hall.
You can take any questions you may have about various bylaws, or to dispute a violation, to the Bylaws Service Department and speak to one of the helpful, knowledgeable representatives who are there to serve you and the community.
City Departments You Can Take Advantage Of
Port Coquitlam has a number of service departments, most located in City Hall, that are centered around aiding those in the community. If you are a new resident of Port Coquitlam, then you should consult these departments to help you learn more about living in Port Coquitlam and the ways you can become part of the town.
Some of the most useful departments that you can partner with when you move to Port Coquitlam include Development Services, Recreation and Human Resources. As you would expect, there are also departments focused on promoting community safety such as Fire and Emergency Services.
When you move to Port Coquitlam, a call to City Hall will get you in touch with whatever department you need and help ease your transition into becoming a part of this wonderful town.
How the City Council Helps Port Coquitlam
In most communities, including Port Coquitlam, the most important part of municipal governance is the City Council. The City Council acts as a liaison between the citizens of Port Coquitlam and some of the higher level City Departments, such as Corporate Support and Finance. The Port Coquitlam City Council is made up of seven members, including the mayor, and works tirelessly to improve the community and serve citizen’s needs.
New residents of Port Coquitlam may be interested to know that this is a City Council that encourages feedback from the community and values this feedback in establishing policies and providing services. If you would like to take part in the civil government of Port Coquitlam as a new resident, you should consider attending one of the bi-monthly City Council meetings, which are completely open to the public.
Taxes and Utilities
For new residents in any city, the primary concern is centered around taxes and utilities.
As far as utilities go, sewer and water are handled by the city, which you will pay for access to these services. The great thing about living in Port Coquitlam is that there are almost unlimited options for paying your utility bills—including online, in person or by mail.
Property taxes are the primary taxes you will pay in Port Coquitlam, and they are due in July. Although property taxes may seem like an inconvenience, they are a major part of keeping the city running smoothly, going to fund such programs as schools, policing and recreation. It is the responsibility of every Port Coquitlam to pay their property taxes on time or file for a waiver or homeowner grant.
About City Hall
Just like in any town, City Hall is the heart of the community, making sure that important services run smoothly and that citizens have access to whatever they need. In Port Coquitlam, City Hall is located on Shaughnessy Street and is home to most of the city’s vital departments and services. Dating back to its initial construction in 1912, the Port Coquitlam City Hall has been providing much-needed community services, working as the center of public life in the town. Although it has grown from its humble beginnings, everyone who works at City Hall is dedicated wholly to fulfilling the needs of the citizens of Port Coquitlam. Stop by City Hall any time to take part in an educational tour, access city services, or schedule a meeting with the mayor to voice your concerns and opinions of the town.
Finally, if you are planning on moving to Port Coquitlam or are a new resident, you might be interested in some of the community outreach programs designed to improve the quality of life in the town. Firstly, Port Coquitlam is a city focused on green living, with programs dedicated to recycling, cleaner air and cleaner water. In addition to green living, Port Coquitlam also offers a number of programs to make living in the community safer and easier, such as accessible public transportation and emergency services that are community focused. Lastly, Port Coquitlam offers its residents a number of recreation opportunities, ensuring that everyone feels a part of the town.
Learn More About Port Coquitlam
If you are interested in experiencing the charming community of Port Coquitlam for yourself, then your first step is finding a suitable home in the town, which is where I come in. I am privileged to work in Port Coquitlam and can help connect you with the home listings that fit your exact needs. Contact me today at Port Coquitlam Real Estate if you are thinking about a move to this town and I will get started right away looking for the home that will allow you to become a part of this warm, welcoming community.