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Land Management Guiding Principles

September 2012

Based on the Board's amendment and adoption of Recommendation #1 at the Public Board Meeting on June 19, 2012, the Executive Committee proceeded to revise the Guiding Principles. The Revised Guiding Principles (September 2012) incorporate the key themes identified through the Land, Learning and Livability community engagement and consultation process, and the input provided at a Trustee Seminar in September 2012.  The Board of Education adopted the Revised Guiding Principles to the Surplus Land Retention and Disposition Strategy, 2011, at the Public Board Meeting on September 18, 2012.
 

Revised Guiding Principles (September 2012)

 
The North Vancouver Board of Education will consider the following guiding principles in the management of its land assets:
  1. Recognizing that all School District properties are valued community assets, we will consult with the community as part of our process to realize the maximum social and financial value of these assets.
  2. Balancing current and future School District needs by aligning our decision-making with our Strategic Plan and implementing options ranging from short, medium and long-term leases. Retaining properties and limiting outright sales will provide flexibility to accommodate potential future enrolment growth.
  3. Obtaining maximum financial returns while pursuing creative, holistic solutions for broad-based community objectives of affordable housing, recreation, green space, childcare and other emerging community needs. We will do this with consideration of the Official Community Plans of the respective municipality.
  4. Repurposing School District lands through the strategic use of long term land leases to address evolving community needs such as affordable housing, recreation, green space, and childcare.
  5. Giving preference to proposals that support the Board of Education's strategic goals and priorities, where all other criteria have been met, for the lease/sale of properties. 
  6. Managing proceeds from land leases and sales to further enhance the student learning experience. We will do this, in part, by directing proceeds to support a significant endowment fund for the School District.
  7. Directing proceeds and endowment funds, where necessary, to adequately fund capital projects that are not eligible for government funding.
A print copy of the Revised Guiding Principles (September 2012) is available here.
 
June 2012

The Board provided direction to the North Vancouver School District's Executive Committee to review and revise the land management Guiding Principles and incorporate the primary themes identified through the community consultation process.

At the Public Board Meeting on June 19, 2012, the Board reviewed the Recommendations of the Executive Committee. After further public discussion, the Board amended and adopted the following nine recommendations: 
  1. Recommendation (Amended): that the Board provide direction to the Executive Committee to review and revise the land management Guiding Principles to incorporate the key themes identified through the community consultation process, and that the revised Guiding Principles be presented at a Trustee Seminar and then to the Board for its consideration at its September 2012 Public Board Meeting.
  2. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that the concept of a Land or Community Trust be further explored through a Trustee Seminar, or Finance and Facilities Standing Committee Meeting and that preliminary report be prepared by the Executive for consideration by the Board in the fall of 2012.
  3. Recommendation (Amended): the Executive Committee recommends that the Board engage the Partner Groups in discussions to identify and communicate priority educational needs and that these priorities be reported to the Board at its October Public Board Meeting.
  4. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that these three sites (Fromme, Maplewood, and Westover) be retained through their existing leases.
  5. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that the future consideration of Blueridge Elementary School site be initiated once a replacement school project is approved for Seymour Heights Elementary.
  6. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that the Board proceed with a Request for Proposal process for Monteray, Plymouth Elementary, Ridgeway Annex, and Keith Lynn. The recommended closing date for the RFP processes is September 30, 2012.
  7. Recommendation (Amended): the Executive Committee recommends that the RFP be designed to enable the Board of Education to proceed with local consultations for each of these sites during the RFP process and prior to the assessment of proposals in October, or early November. Prior to being issued, the Board will review the RFP.
  8. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that the School District engage directly in discussions with the City of North Vancouver and the Lonsdale Creek Daycare Society to identify options for the continued operation of the day care, whole simultaneously addressing the goals and objectives of the City of North Vancouver and the School District's long-term land management plan.
  9. Recommendation: the Executive Committee recommends that the Board of Education proceed with a multi-phased 'charette' community input process for both Cloverley Elementary and Lucas Centre to provide for further community input and to explore options for these sites. A charette for Cloverley is recommended to commence in late 2012 and early 2013 for the Lucas Centre and LMCC.
[Charette planning sessions provide a forum for all stakeholders to collaborate and develop their ultimate vision. Through brainstorming sessions, the stakeholders build common understanding about the complexity and trade-offs involved in balancing competing interests.]