Britannia Renewal

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Together with the community, we are working on the rezoning phase of the Britannia Renewal.

In 2018, project partners (the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library and Britannia Community Services Society) adopted a Master Plan that sets out the vision for the renewal of the Britannia Community Services Centre.

We are now working on the next phase of the renewal, which is to submit a site wide rezoning application. Building upon the Master Plan, the rezoning process will identify the types of uses that can be included on site, and a number of development criteria including building density, heights, and green space requirements.

This webpage provides a one-stop location where you can learn about the Britannia Renewal, provide your feedback on the rezoning phase, and stay up to date on future engagement opportunities.

Getting started:

  • Watch this video for an overview of the progress to date on the Renewal and what work is being done during the rezoning phase
  • Alternatively, review background documents to learn more about the Master Plan

Provide your feedback:

  • Use this map to tell us how you connect to the land, nature, and places that make Britannia.
  • Join us for a Community Conversation entitled “What We’re Hearing” on Tuesday, June 1 from 6:30-9 pm on Zoom (no registration necessary).
  • More engagement opportunities coming soon - check this page for updates!

Any feedback you provide will help project partners develop site options for the Britannia Community Services Centre site. Specifically, your input will help project partners:

  • develop design guidelines and characteristics of buildings and the site
  • think about key access points to the site from the surrounding neighborhood
  • plan outdoor spaces
  • set general height and shape of future buildings
  • plan for how non-market housing integrates with other uses on site

Feedback received will help project partners develop detailed design options for the site, which will then be presented to the community for addition feedback in the spring.

The virtual open house and rezoning survey, which were open from March 9 to April 19, are now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences at Britannia with us. Check back on this page for details of future engagement opportunities, and a summary of what we've learned so far.

Together with the community, we are working on the rezoning phase of the Britannia Renewal.

In 2018, project partners (the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library and Britannia Community Services Society) adopted a Master Plan that sets out the vision for the renewal of the Britannia Community Services Centre.

We are now working on the next phase of the renewal, which is to submit a site wide rezoning application. Building upon the Master Plan, the rezoning process will identify the types of uses that can be included on site, and a number of development criteria including building density, heights, and green space requirements.

This webpage provides a one-stop location where you can learn about the Britannia Renewal, provide your feedback on the rezoning phase, and stay up to date on future engagement opportunities.

Getting started:

  • Watch this video for an overview of the progress to date on the Renewal and what work is being done during the rezoning phase
  • Alternatively, review background documents to learn more about the Master Plan

Provide your feedback:

  • Use this map to tell us how you connect to the land, nature, and places that make Britannia.
  • Join us for a Community Conversation entitled “What We’re Hearing” on Tuesday, June 1 from 6:30-9 pm on Zoom (no registration necessary).
  • More engagement opportunities coming soon - check this page for updates!

Any feedback you provide will help project partners develop site options for the Britannia Community Services Centre site. Specifically, your input will help project partners:

  • develop design guidelines and characteristics of buildings and the site
  • think about key access points to the site from the surrounding neighborhood
  • plan outdoor spaces
  • set general height and shape of future buildings
  • plan for how non-market housing integrates with other uses on site

Feedback received will help project partners develop detailed design options for the site, which will then be presented to the community for addition feedback in the spring.

The virtual open house and rezoning survey, which were open from March 9 to April 19, are now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences at Britannia with us. Check back on this page for details of future engagement opportunities, and a summary of what we've learned so far.

  • Join a Community Conversation

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    Project partners are hosting a series of Community Conversations to learn more about the diverse perspectives on important aspects of the renewal.

    Join us for a Community Conversation entitled “What We’re Hearing” on Tuesday, June 1 from 6:30-9 pm on Zoom (no registration necessary). The event will also be livestreamed on the City and Britannia’s Facebook pages. This will give an opportunity to learn about the project process, learn from diverse opinions, and share your feedback.

    Stay tuned for more Community Conversations on topics such as site programming, non-market housing and more!

    Feedback received during all engagement activities that have been conducted during the rezoning phase will help project partners develop detailed design options for the site. We’ll be presenting these design options to the community for addition feedback in the fall. With community support, project partners will then submit a preferred site option as a formal rezoning application to the City of Vancouver for approval.

    Participation Guidelines for this online event

    We strive to ensure the safety of our guests and speakers. There will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or different ability. Anyone who incites harm towards others will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.

    Respect the opinions of others. Every participant brings information, points of view and ideas to contribute.

    Share opportunities for airtime equally. If you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again

    Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

  • Join us at the Showcase!

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    ***EVENT POSTPONED***

    This event has been postponed to allow partners to hold additional conversations with community members. A revised date for this will be confirmed and shared here shortly.

    Project Partners have been actively listening to diverse perspectives about future indoor and outdoor spaces, programming and non-market housing at Britannia. All of this feedback is included in the documents section.

    Join us at live Showcase event on March 30 from 6:30-9pm. All are welcome! This will be an opportunity to:

    • Learn more about the project process
    • Learn about diverse community perspective on the renewal
    • Share your thoughts and feedback

    All feedback received will be summarized and posted here. This feedback will help the project team in developing site design options, which will be shared with the community in June and July for additional comments. With community support, project partners will then submit a preferred site option as a formal rezoning application to the City of Vancouver for approval.

  • Host a listening session today

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    Listening sessions are designed as small group guided activities to help organizations and community groups connected to Britannia to discuss specific topics of the Britannia Renewal. Your input will help the project partners decide on key features of the rezoning application, including the public realm, the connection between buildings, indoor and outdoor spaces, and non-market housing. Groups are invited to self-facilitate or co-facilitate sessions with a project team member.

    Listening Sessions will be organized between February 15 – March 12, 2021. If you or your group would like to participate in a Listening Session, please contact britanniarenewal@vancouver.ca to discuss steps for hosting a session.

    Larger public open houses and a survey will be available in March to share additional feedback. Check-back here for other engagement opportunities starting in March.

  • Introducing the Community Input Group

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    Starting in February 2021, we’ll be launching several opportunities for community members to participate and provide feedback on the rezoning application for the Britannia Renewal. All opportunities will be in compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions, and will be listed on this page.

    Community Input Group

    Project Partners will be forming a Community Input Group in February 2021, where community members will be invited by community organizations with connections to Britannia to participate and share their feedback on the rezoning application in an inclusive, safe environment. Recognizing the impacts of racism and discrimination on public spaces and community wellbeing in Vancouver, membership of this group will be reserved for community members who consider themselves underrepresented in local government processes. It’s intended that this group will meet approximately six times over the course of the rezoning process, and each meeting will be organized around a specific topic for discussion, which may include reconciliation, community legacy, housing, public green space and non-profit spaces.

    Project Partners are currently working with local organizations and community groups to nominate community members for participation in this group, who meet the following demographics:

    • Gender diversity, including representation from transgender and non-binary community members;

    • A range of members from the following age cohorts: 16-29 years, 30-44 years, 45-64 years, 65+ years;

    • A range of household living situations, including single parents;

    • Individuals with a variety of cultural backgrounds, including members who self-identify as racialized and/or Indigenous;

    • At least one person who identifies as having a disability or using mobility aids;

    • A range of incomes, including representation from individuals who are low-income;

    • A range of individuals with diverse living situations, with an emphasis on individuals who rent and/or who may be precariously housed or under housed;

    • A combination of individuals who are already engaged at Britannia and individuals who do not currently access programming on site.

    View the Community Input Group Terms of Reference (in the documents section) for more details.

    This Community Input Group will be one of many ways to participate and provide feedback into the Britannia rezoning application. If you are not approached for membership, a number of other community engagement activities will be available throughout the rezoning process for you to get involved in and share your feedback. Check back here soon for updates on these activities starting in February!