On July 21 2021, the Select Committee held its first meeting.
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.
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.
This will include developing a plan for expanding the GDPL prior to December 31, 2021.