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Delbrook Lands Community Dialogue Wraps Up

September 19, 2016

On Monday, September 19, Civic Engage Program Director Robin Prest presented the findings of the Delbrook Lands Deliberative Dialogue final report to District of North Vancouver Council Members at the District Hall.

This report and its findings represented the culmination of a six-month dialogue-based engagement process in the District of North Vancouver. The issue at hand: the future use of the Delbrook Lands–a 4.3-acre District-owned site located at 600 West Queens Road that is currently home the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, in addition to a privately-owned child care facility, a public play area and lit tennis courts. At the end of 2016, all recreation programs from the Centre are scheduled to move to a new location down the road, leaving District Council, staff and residents with an important question: what should be done with the Delbrook Lands?

The goal of the engagement process was to determine the most broadly supported land use ideas through a participatory dialogue process. It included a generative phase, where community members shared their ideas on the potential future use of the site, as well as a deliberative phase, where residents and stakeholders made recommendations to District Council that were in the best interest of the entire community.

Recommendations included strong support for a multi-use site that includes green space and indoor community amenities such as child care and adult daycare. The majority of participants also supported non-market housing if paid for by other levels of government. To help fund on-site amenities, participants proposed that the District of North Vancouver work to develop partnerships with higher levels of governments and non-profit organizations, and allocate funding from the current District budget. A majority of participants opposed the ideas of building market housing and/or selling the Delbrook Lands.

Eighty-five percent of deliberative dialogue respondents indicated they would be interested in participating in similar events (with only three percent who wouldn’t) and 80 percent felt that, as a whole, dialogue participants reflected the diversity of opinions in the community. One participant noted ‘it was a very good event and lets people be part of the decision making process and have an impact on our community’s future’.

This level of satisfaction, combined with participants’ ability to identify areas of compromise and mutual agreement, provides a quality reference point for Council to consider when deciding upon the future of the Delbrook Lands. The final report has been referred to staff to analyze the recommendations. Staff are expected to report back to Council with their findings later this year.

For more information, please visit the Delbrook Lands Community Dialogue project highlight page.