The Renewal Project
The Rezoning Phase
In 2018, the City of Vancouver Mayor and Council approved the Britannia Renewal Master Plan, which sets out a vision for the future of Britannia’s spaces, places, and services. We are now working on the next phase of the renewal, which is to submit a site wide rezoning application for phases 1-5 of the project.
What is ‘rezoning’?
Rezoning is the process of changing how a property can be used or developed. 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.
Over the next 18 months, the Society is committed to listening to the community, bringing community together to develop strategies for our future, and to represent the voices of the community in our work with our partners: the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver School Board, the Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Park Board.
Join us this fall for a series of public engagement activities. Visit our News & Events page to learn more.
Stay tuned for information on upcoming Community Conversations that will take place during the Site-Options phase in winter/spring 2022.
The Britannia Community Services Centre:
IS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY.
Serving as an integrated hub of education, arts, culture, recreation, wellness, and sustainability.
RESPECTS AND CELEBRATES ITS CONTEXT.
Fostering a sense of stewardship towards the people and setting that are the source of its richness.
IS ACCESSIBLE AND WELCOMING TO ALL.
Drawing users whose diversity is matched only by the diversity of programs that ﬁll the Centre’s walls.
IS MADE STRONGER BY ITS INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS.
Giving life to unparalleled opportunities for collaborative programming, and the flexibility to continually meet the evolving needs of the community.
BRITANNIA HIGH SCHOOL BUILT.
Hundreds of new houses are being built in the flourishing neighbourhood of Grandview, and the families that are moving in need a high school. The new Britannia High School, with a splendid view of the North Shore mountains, opens in 1911.
Britannia Centre Opens.
After an inspiring, community-driven movement to create an integrated community centre hub in Grandview, the original Britannia High School site is expanded to 18 acres, and Britannia Centre opens. The new Centre combines the original secondary school, the elementary school, and a Vancouver Public Library branch with an ice arena, a swimming pool, and comprehensive recreational and social programming.
In the late 1990s, staff and the community begin to flag problems with a deteriorating site with many design flaws and to recognize a need for expansion and renewal. Discussions ensue.
Needs are Analyzed.
A formal needs analysis is conducted. It concludes that the centre needs considerably more and better space for its programming and activities.
Facilities Master Plan Developed.
Britannia works with DGBK Architects to investigate and assess the condition of all the buildings on the site and to set out requirements for a renewed facility. This plan focuses on the south end of the site and on improved arts and culture space and programming.
SCARP PROJECT INSPIRES.
SCARP, the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, takes on the Britannia Centre Renewal as a school project to challenge its students. They build a magniﬁcent model of the site and its surrounding area (including every single building) and do some very creative thinking about ways things could be improved.
SURVEY GOES TO THE PEOPLE.
An online and print survey of Britannia users and people in the community assembles valuable opinions, information, and ideas about what people want to see in their new centre.
STRATEGIC MASTER PLAN COMPLETED.
Britannia and its site partners further analyze the condition of the site and all the information gathered thus far and, building on the 2007 Plan, develop concepts for the site that retain the innovative integrated-delivery model. The Strategic Master Plan emphasizes, among other things, the need for a new pool facility.
FUNDING ON HOLD.
Britannia hopes to be on the City’s 2011 Capital Plan but our hopes are dashed. We are, however, fortunate to get City funding to continue our planning and consultation until the next Capital Plan cycle.
OPEN HOUSE HELD.
In an effort to keep the community informed about the progress of the renewal process, a site-wide open house showcases the myriad services, classes, activities, and people at Britannia.
BRITANNIA GETS ON THE CITY’S CAPITAL PLAN.
Britannia Centre’s renewal is on the Capital Plan ballot.
VOTERS APPROVE FUNDING.
Thanks to voters in the City of Vancouver, the Capital Funding package for Britannia gets the green light. The renewal will likely span three four-year Capital Budgets (12 years). Initial focus will be on the pool, the fitness centre, the Gym C building, and the Info Centre. The renewal project as a whole will consider the entire 18-acre site and all the community’s needs, such as arts and culture, community-engagement activities, recreation, and the public library.
ONWARD AND UPWARD.
The people on the Planning & Development Committee roll up their sleeves to work with site partners to plan the best Britannia Centre possible. This is an enormous but inspiring task for a largely volunteer committee. Join us!