Holland Lands/Cultural Corner Revitalization Select Committee

The Gibsons & District Public Library, Town Hall and 494 S Fletcher (not shown) overlook the Holland Lands in Lower Gibsons.
Current Status

On September 8, 2021 the Select Committee held its second meeting.

Read the complete minutes for September 8, 2021 meeting here.

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.

Read related Staff Report here.

The next Holland Lands/Cultural Corner Revitalization Select Committee meeting will be held on October 20, 2021.

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.)

Next Steps
The Arts Building sits at the northwest corner of the Holland Lands.

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.

Project History

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.

The Sunshine Coast Museum sits at the southwest corner of the Holland Lands and faces Winn Road.

On June 15, 2021, the Terms of Reference for the committee were presented to, and adopted by, Council.

Read the related Staff Report here.

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.

View agenda and related presentation materials here.

Read the meeting minutes here.