Current Project Status
A community engagement program to collect input from community members on the revitalization of the Holland Lands ran from April 21st to June 2nd, 2022.
During that period, Presentation Boards showing the Holland Lands Select Committee’s work to date, as well as a survey in digital and hard copy form, were made available at Town Hall, the Gibsons & District Public Library and the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives.
In total, 122 people completed a survey; feedback on the project was also received via comments and letters provided directly to Committee Members and Council.
Currently, a report on the survey results is being prepared. It is expected to be shared with the Holland Lands Select Committee in June 2022, and then brought to Council with recommendations for next steps in July 2022.
The Holland Lands are situated in Lower Gibsons, across from Winegarden Park. They are approximately 1.5 hectares in size, with about 32% of the total space currently occupied by: the Gibsons and District Public Library (GDPL); Gibsons’ Town Hall; the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives (SC Museum); the Arts Building; the building at 494 South Fletcher Road, which houses the administrative offices of School District #46; a Visitor Information Centre (operated by Sunshine Coast Tourism); FUSE community work hub (operated by the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization); Well #1 Pumphouse; and parking areas on Winn Road and Gower Point Road.
The Town of Gibsons owns all the land and buildings, except for the GDPL building, which is owned by the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).
At present, the GDPL, the SC Museum, and Town Hall need to expand their physical space. As a result, the Holland Lands Cultural Corner Select Committee (the Committee) was formed in June 2021, for the purpose of exploring whether this shared need for space might provide an opportunity to collaborate on a revisioning and revitalization of the Holland Lands.
Committee Purpose and Scope
The purpose of the Committee is to study the feasibility of revitalizing the Holland Lands/Cultural Corner area of Lower Gibsons, and to make recommendations to the Town of Gibsons Council, in order to:
- provide a strong focal point for the Town of Gibsons;
- address the space needs for the Town of Gibsons, GDPL, SC Regional Museum, School District #46, Arts Building and Visitors Centre;
- address any future space needs from other organizations not currently located in the area; and
- make the current green and land space more usable for the public.
(To see a complete list of the Committee’s Duties and Responsibilities, please refer to the Committee’s Terms of Reference.)
Meetings will be set with the goal of identifying, recommending and prioritizing the preferred facility spaces and the needs of the area’s current occupants.
On March 3, 2021, the Gibsons and District Public Library (GDPL) completed a “Future Space Needs Assessment”.
Subsequently, Town of Gibsons’ Council requested that Town staff meet with representatives of the GDPL to discuss options for expansion of the library, and to determine the future space needs and enhancement opportunities for neighbouring properties, including the Sunshine Coast Regional Museum, School District #46, Arts Building and Visitors Centre.
To advance these discussions, it was determined that the “Holland Lands/Cultural Corner Select Committee” should be formed.
On June 15, 2021, the Terms of Reference for the committee were presented to, and adopted by, Council.
Additionally, Council appointed Councillor Ladwig and Town CAO Mark Brown to the committee, and directed staff to contact participating organizations to appoint their own representatives in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
On July 21 2021, the Select Committee held its first meeting.
On September 8, 2021 the Select Committee held its second meeting.
On September 21, 2021, Gibsons’ Council agreed that up to $20,000 in funding be provided from the 2021 budget for use by the Committee to a) retain a consultant to conduct a planning session and b) develop public presentation materials on the vision for the Holland Lands.
On October 20, 2021, the Holland Lands Committee conducted a half-day visioning session, which included a site tour, discussion and design conversation, and design working session. Click the links to view meeting agenda, charrette workshop agenda and background and site analysis. Click here to read Meeting Minutes.
On November 24, 2021, the design team shared a PowerPoint presentation and introduced three Holland Lands design concepts and design alternatives. Edward Porter, Principal of MODUS, explained each of the three concepts, highlighting the opportunities, constraints and considerations with each concept. Read the meeting minutes here.
On December 14, 2021, Edwin Porter, Principal of MODUS, shared a Power Point presentation and reviewed the three Holland Lands design concepts and design alternatives. Project timelines, community engagement, highlights and constraints, and next steps were discussed. Members of the Committee agreed to take the MODUS presentation to their respective Boards for input and to provide the resulting feedback to Town of Gibsons’ staff by Friday, January 14, 2022. Once concept ideas have been narrowed and key project parameters established, input from the community will be sought. Read the Minutes from the December 14, 2021 meeting and view the consultant’s presentation here.
On January 19, 2022, Councillor Ladwig delivered a presentation which synthesized the feedback received from School District #46, Gibsons Public Library, the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, and Sunshine Coast Tourism. View the presentation here. Read the Minutes from the 01-19-2022 meeting here.
On February 1, 2022, Councillor Ladwig shared with Council a presentation on the Holland Lands which synthesized feedback received from School District #46, Gibsons Public Library, the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, and Sunshine Coast Tourism. Subsequently, Council adopted recommendations that the Holland Lands Visioning Document prepared by MODUS be utilized as the basis for a presentation to seek community input and feedback for the future uses of the Holland Lands, and that a communications plan for community engagement be developed. That work is now underway.
On February 10, 2022, the Committee met and continued to discuss and debate the overall vision/approach for the Holland Lands. Members also provided comments on the display boards to be used during the planned community engagement campaign. The display boards will be edited and circulated for final approval in March 2022. Read the Minutes from the 02-10-2022 meeting here.
On April 22, 2022, an Open House was held at the Gibsons Public Market to launch the community engagement phase of this project. Large presentation boards provided attendees with information about the initial work that was done by the Holland Lands Revitalization Select Committee, as well as options for future initiatives on the Holland Lands. Committee members attended the event and were available to answer questions. Input from the community was gathered until June 2, 2022.