June 18, 2014
Over the past five months, DIALOG Design's public engagement process has provided community-wide opportunities for public input and consideration of the future potential for the Lucas Centre and Cloverley School sites.
The engagement process is consistent with the North Vancouver School District's Guiding Principles
in the management of its land assets. The process has included:
- Communication with elected bodies and the public
- Community engagement
- Identification of realistic land-use plans and development options for each site, and
- Estimation of the potential market value of the Lucas Centre site and the Cloverley School and site.
DIALOG's report to the Board of Education at the Public Board Meeting on June 17, 2014
concludes the School District's initial community engagement process for the Lucas and Cloverley sites. The report provided by DIALOG will need to be carefully reviewed and considered by the Board to determine the appropriate next steps in relation to its land management strategy for these two important school district sites.
DIALOG's report will inform the City of North Vancouver regarding the second stage of engagement related to the special study area identified within the City's Draft Official Community Plan
. We expect that the "special study" process will be developed in consultation with the City of North Vancouver and that timelines will be established and communicated in the early fall. The special study process to be led by the City of North Vancouver will provide further opportunities for community engagement and input regarding the future of these sites.
At the Public Board Meeting on April 22, 2014
, Superintendent John Lewis provided an update on the Lucas Centre and Cloverley School sites.
The second set of public Open Houses were held on April 16, 2014 at the Lucas Centre and Cloverley School. Approximately 175 people attended the Open House at Lucas Centre, and 150 attended the Open House at the Cloverley School site.
A great deal of input was gathered at each of the Open Houses. Meeting participants provided their comments and suggestions for the future uses of each of these sites. Presentation materials used at the Open Houses, as well as the information gathered at these sessions are posted to the Community Engagement Blog
. Giving consideration to the input provided through the Open Houses, DIALOG Design will be developing concepts and visual presentations to incorporate within a survey instrument.
The engagement process continues with a survey in May, and a report of findings will be provided to the Board of Education in June 2014
. This will conclude the first stage of early input from the community.
A second stage, or "special study" process will be developed in consultation with the City of North Vancouver. Timelines for the special study process have not been confirmed, but are not expected to start earlier than January 2015, and continue for a number of months. This process will provide further opportunities for community engagement and input. Proposals that may be advanced for redevelopment of these sites will proceed through a third stage in accordance with the municipal requirements related to rezoning and OCP amendments. These municipal processes also involve the engagement of the community through public information meetings and hearings.
Lucas Centre Public Open House on April 16, 2014 between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
The North Vancouver Board of Education is seeking public input as it undertakes a land management process that will identify options for repurposing of the Lucas Centre site and Cloverley School site.Two public open houses will be held on April 16, 2014
to gather input on preliminary ideas and options developed by the North Vancouver School District, based in part on community input received at previous public events. You are invited to attend one or both to provide input on these early ideas and options for the future of the Lucas and Cloverley sites.
Lucas Centre Meeting
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Lucas Centre Site
2132 Hamilton Avenue
North Vancouver BC V7P 2M3
March 12, 2014
The first Public Open House was held at the Lucas Centre Site on February 19, 2014. A corresponding open house event was held at the Cloverley School Site on February 20, 2014. Approximately 150 people attended the Lucas Centre Open House.
The Open House Input Summary
from the Lucas
Centre Site on February 19, 2014, and the Cloverley School Site on February 20, 2014, is available here
Giving consideration to the community input provided through the Open House event, DIALOG Design will be developing general concepts and visual presentations for further input at the next meeting.
The next stakeholder meeting and Open House is scheduled on:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
2132 Hamilton Avenue
North Vancouver BC
The engagement process will continue with a survey in May, before concluding with a report to the Board of Education in June 2014.
February 6, 2014
Land, Learning and Livability Public Open Houses: Lucas Centre Site and Cloverley School Site
The Board of Education is seeking public input as it undertakes a land management process that will identify options for repurposing of the Lucas Centre Site and Cloverley School Site. To inform the community on the process, and to gather input on priorities for the future of these two sites, you are invited to attend the Public Open House:
Lucas Centre Community Workshop
Building on previous work and engagement activities, a process is underway that identifies potential future uses specifically for the Lucas Centre and Cloverley School sites. A five to six-month community engagement process is in place for this project in order to:
- Inform about the project, including opportunities for involvement
- Educate about the land management process and what is possible for the future of the sites
- Obtain input on priorities, hopes and concerns, and ideas
- Demonstrate how input has been integrated into land management options.
The first step of the engagement process was a stakeholder workshop on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Lucas Centre site. Attendees included representatives of neighbourhood associations identified by the City of North Vancouver and located in close proximity to the site. The session opened with an introduction by the consultant team, lead by DIALOG, followed by John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, with an overview of the North Vancouver School District's approach to surplus sites, capital improvements, and community engagement. There were question and answer opportunities throughout the presentation.
Following the introductory presentation, participants broke out into small groups for a facilitated discussion based on the following two questions:
- What are some of the important issues that should be considered for the future of the Lucas site? What, if any, are your concerns?
- What are some the greatest opportunities that should be considered for the future of the Lucas site, considering what we know about being both a lever and place for learning?
Based on the notes taken during the small group discussions, the following key themes emerged at the Lucas Workshop:
- Concern about potential future traffic
- Concern about the authenticity of the engagement process
- Concern about a loss of space and meeting future educational and recreational needs of the neighbourhood
- Desire to maintain public access.
- Uses that generate a low volume of traffic
- Elder/senior housing
- Sports and recreational uses
- Other public uses.
Copies of the presentation and summary are available here:
Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update
At the Public Board Meeting on January 21, 2014, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, presented the Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update. The Update includes current information regarding the Lucas Centre site.
DIALOG Design continued its preliminary review of the Board's Land, Learning and Livability process to date and held a planning session with the Board of Education in January 2014. DIALOG will now proceed with a series of community engagement meetings commencing in Late January and continuing through April. A mix of stakeholder meetings and public open houses will be followed by a survey in May, with this engagement process concluding in June 2014.
The stakeholder and public open house meetings will help inform the public of the work that has been done to date by the School District through its Land, Learning and Livability engagement process. In addition to sharing what has been heard to date through prior meetings and input, the public will be invited to discuss and provide input into the possible future for these sites identifying issues, concerns, hopes, and aspirations.
Meeting dates and times for stakeholder sessions and public open houses will be broadly communicated through our website, direct invitation, and through the media.
November 22, 2013
Selection of DIALOG Design
From a short-list of three highly qualified firms, the Board of Education has selected DIALOG Design to provide Land Management Planning services for the Lucas / LMCC site and the former Cloverley School and site. The Board was impressed with the comprehensive and integrated approach to planning presented by DIALOG Design and demonstrated through a breadth of projects completed in the Metro Vancouver area.
DIALOG Design will now proceed with its preliminary planning with the Board of Education to prepare for community engagement early in 2014.
October 23, 2013
At the Public Board Meeting on October 22, 2013, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, presented the Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update. The Update includes current information regarding the Lucas Centre / LMCC site.
The review and evaluation of the responses received to the Expressions of Interest for Land Management Planning Services for the Lucas Centre and the former Cloverley School and site resulted in the shortlisting of three excellent, qualified, and experienced planning consultant teams. Each of the short-listed candidates will submit a more detailed proposal and participate in an interview with the Board of Education in late October, with the selection of the final team being determined in November.
The Board will continue its Community Engagement process to facilitate community input into the future use of the Lucas Centre and Cloverley School sites in early 2014.
June 14, 2013
Request for Expressions of Interest, Consultant Planning Services, Lucas Centre and Cloverley School Site.LucasCloverleyREI 14Jun13.pdf
The William Lucas Centre (previously Hamilton Jr. Secondary) was opened in 1955. The Leo Marshall Curriculum Centre (previously Prince Charles School) opened in 1962. Both sites closed in 1982 as enrolling public schools. Hamilton School was renamed as Lucas Centre in 1985, and Prince Charles School renamed in 1989. The buildings were subsequently used to support several programs and service departments. Support services formerly located at the LMCC moved to the new Education Services Centre on Lonsdale in 2012. More details
Press Release: May 2, 2013
North Vancouver Board of Education announces Fall 2013 community engagement process on the future of Cloverley school and Lucas Centre/LMCC properties
At the April 23rd public meeting of the North Vancouver Board of Education, a forthcoming public input and community engagement process was confirmed for the Cloverley school and Lucas Centre/LMCC properties.
The engagement process, planned for the Fall of 2013, will be informed by the School District’s updated Facilities Plan in relation to the Official Community Plans for both the City and District of North Vancouver municipalities.
"We look forward to the community’s participation in these input opportunities for the future of the Cloverley school site and the Lucas Centre/LMCC,” says Board Chair Franci Stratton. “Early input was received through the Board’s ‘Land, Learning and Livability’ engagement process. This is the next stage in understanding the options to realize the full potential of these properties.”
Further information on these engagement opportunities will be posted to this website and http://blog44.ca/landmanagement
as dates and details are confirmed.