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Land, Learning and Livability

This is a time of unprecedented renewal and revitalization in the North Vancouver School District. With all the change and opportunities before us, the Board of Education has decisions to make, and engaging with the community is a priority in this process.

October 29, 2015

In the Spring of 2012, the North Vancouver Board of Education embarked upon a long-term, multi-channel initiative to facilitate public involvement and awareness of North Vancouver School District land management initiatives and the future possibilities for 11 properties identified as surplus to long-term public education needs.  More detailed information is available in the Land, Learning and Livability Update - October 2015.

 

 

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.  It highlights the identification of a lead proponent for the Monteray site, a revised process for the Plymouth facility and site, and progress related to the redevelopment of the former Ridgeway Annex and Keith Lynn sites.  The update also refers to the outcome of the call for Expressions of Interest for land management planning services for the Lucas Centre and the Cloverley School site. 

 
 
October 17, 2013

The Land, Learning and Livability Community Consultation Update - October 2013 includes a summary of community engagement initiatives since the Spring of 2012, when the North Vancouver Board of Education embarked upon a process to facilitate the public's involvement and awareness in the Board's land management initiatives.  The report summarizes the activities, outreach, and key decisions.

For more in-depth information, please link to the Land, Learning and Livability blog.
 

 

Land Management

The Board of Education's land management planning and engagement processes are guided by the North Vancouver School District's Strategic Plan 2011-2021.

In the Spring of 2012, the North Vancouver Board of Education embarked upon a new, long-term, multi-channel initiative to facilitate public involvement and awareness of the School District's land management initiatives and the possibilities for 11 properties identified as surplus to long-term needs. 

Year I of the Land, Learning and Livability process (January - June 2012) introduced the properties under consideration to the community and invited dialogue and input through public surveys, an open house, municipal leader's workshop, public forum and community conversation on land management ideas and solutions.  By the end of June 2012, more than 150 stakeholders and media had joined the Land, Learning and Livability list-serve, and regular updates on the process were being provided to the greater public through the School District's land management blog

 

September 24, 2012

In the fall of 2010, the Board of Education began a process towards the development of a long-term land management initiative that culminated in the Board's approval of the Surplus Land Retention and Disposition Strategy at its Public Meeting on February 22, 2011.

The Strategy and its guiding principles provided a general sense of direction.  However, the Board believed that the Strategy could be refined and improved through a broad-based community engagement and consultation process.  At its January 24, 2012 Public Meeting, the Board approved the establishment of an ad hoc Community Engagement Steering Committee to develop a comprehensive community engagement process.

The Board approved its Community Engagement Principles, Goals and Decision-Making Framework at its Public Meeting on February 21, 2012.  Over the following four months, the Board engaged in its Land, Learning and Livability, a comprehensive series of community engagement and consultation events and processes, which included advertisements, chat and public dialogue sessions, regular website and blog updates, workshops, meetings, conversations, an open house and an on-line survey.

A key outcome of the Land, Learning and Livability community engagement and consultation processes was the identification of the next steps to facilitate the Board of Education's decision making, either on a per property basis or as groups of properties.  Hence, 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.

Resources 

Strategic Plan 2011-2021
Land Management Guiding Principles
Land, Learning and Livability Community Consultation Update - October 2015
Land, Learning and Livability Blog
Policy 610: Closure of Schools (Permanent)
Policy 805: Disposition of Land or Facilities
Disposal of Land or Improvements Order M193/08 
School Opening and Closure Order M194/08
School Act
School Building Closure and Disposal