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Public invited to provide input on renewal of Britannia Community Services Centre

Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories to inform site options

March 10 2021 –

We are seeking feedback on how we can integrate spaces, places, and services to create a renewed Britannia Community Services Centre that is a welcoming and inclusive space, accessible for all.

At the virtual open house, launched yesterday, community members have the opportunity to learn more and share their thoughts on the next phase of the Britannia Renewal, which focuses on preparing a rezoning application for the site.

Why rezoning?

Rezoning is the process of changing how a property can be used or developed. This will be the first step in realizing the goals and visions set out in the Council-approved Britannia Renewal Master Plan, which was co-created in 2018 by community members, the City and project partners (Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library, and Britannia Community Services Society).

Open house now open

We’re asking open house attendees to imagine the future Britannia, and share their thoughts on:

  • Design characteristics
  • Building shapes and heights
  • Space requirements
  • Key access points
  • Non-market rental housing options

Community members can also attend a live virtual showcase on March 30 for an update on renewal plans, to hear renewal perspectives from other community members, and to share their own.

Access the virtual open house and find out more about the showcase

Reconciliation 

Reconciliation is a guiding principle of the renewal and project partners are engaging with local Indigenous community members who make important contributions to the Britannia community as Elders, leaders, volunteers, and advocates. These conversations will provide direction on how the culture, traditions and history of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations can be centred on site, and how Indigenous design principles, cultural space requirements, and respectful recognition of diverse urban Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories can be incorporated in this rezoning phase.

Other engagement opportunities

To ensure the diverse voices and perspectives of the Britannia community are heard, project partners are also providing a number of focused engagement opportunities for groups and individuals who use Britannia’s facilities and services. More details on these opportunities

Public health guidelines surrounding in-person gatherings mean that this engagement phase is taking place predominantly online. Anyone unable to participate online can visit the Britannia Information Centre or Vancouver Public Library – Britannia Branch to learn about other opportunities to get involved.

Next steps

Feedback received during this phase will help project partners develop more detailed design options for the site, which will then be presented to the community for feedback in summer 2021.