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On August 13th, Village Vision addressed the CRD's Forum on Service Delivery to the Islands 

The purpose of the forum was to identify the critical service gaps in the islands and explore ways they could be addressed by the Islands Trust in collaboration with their regional districts and key provincial ministries. Most of the participants were from the southern Gulf Islands; Gabriola was the only island from the northern islands. Nonetheless there was much common ground between islands including: housing, roads, and sustainable economic development.

Village Vision’s presentation addressed the need for a safe transportation connection through the village core and described how the Village Vision approach worked within the current governance structure (i.e., LTC and RDN). We emphasized the important role of citizens working in the spaces between official governance mandates.

 In addition, to local community organizations, the event was attended by Trustees (including our Trustee, Heather O’Sullivan), a regional director, MLA Adam Olson, and CRD and IT staff.

 

A number of other Islands have citizen-led groups doing similar work.  For an example, see:  www.saltspringcommunityalliance.org

 

August 2018: See Project Page for new information about the pedestrian pathway around the Village centre.  Click on Pedestrian Pathway Plans.

 

Village Vision Makes Recommendations to  the IT Executive Committee in Victoria

In June 2018 VVPC met with the Executive Committee of Islands Trust. We urged them to work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to change the 1992 road standards agreement so that “village” areas of the Islands Trust islands can be made safe and welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

 The presentation was well received and is expected to be added as a project in the next IT strategic plan.

 There is strong support on Gabriola for changes in the Village area, and as we recommended at the IT Executive Committee, we hope that the Island Trust, the Regional Districts and the Ministry will work to change the IT-MoTI Letter of Agreement to enable infrastructure improvements that will enhance safety for everyone and provide more options for cyclists and pedestrians in their communities.

We also strongly emphasized the work of citizen-led groups like Village Vision in crystalizing community support in identifying both problems and solutions. We believe that government in collaboration with community can achieve much more than government can working alone.

 

On January 18, 2018, The Village Vision Planning Committee asked the Local Trust Committee to work with the Provincial Government and the Regional District of Nanaimo to bring in inter-agency policies to solve issues around the long-term future of the village core.

From the Gabriola LTC minutes of January 18, 2018:
GB-2018-002
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee refer point 1 in the Village Vision Delegation’s submission, “Amend the Letter of Agreement between the Ministry of Transportation and the Islands Trust to include specific standards for village area streetscapes as rural complete multi-modal streets”, to the Executive Committee with the inclusion of a supporting letter to be received from Village Vision.
CARRIED


GB-2018-003
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee request staff to add points 2a and 2b of the Village Vision Delegation’s submission to the agenda of the upcoming Regional District of Nanaimo and Islands Trust joint meeting:
“Adopt a co-ordinated inter-agency (Islands Trust, RDN and MOTI) approach to:
a) the development of a Master Plan for the development of accessible, safe, pedestrian friendly routes not only in the village core but also down North Road to the ferry; and
b) the development of standards, processes and shared funding programs to allow rural community Regional Districts to more efficiently and successfully collaborate with MOTI on rural village complete street improvements”.
CARRIED


GB-2018-004
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee refer point 2c of the Village Vision Delegation’s submission to the Trust Programs Committee for consideration:
“Adopt a co-ordinated inter-agency (Islands Trust, RDN and MOTI) approach to:
c) the development of standards that would allow for the safe rainwater harvesting for potable use in multi-family, commercial and institutional settings.”
CARRIED


GB-2018-005
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the following considerations be incorporated into a Project Charter for the second phase of the Housing Options Review Project:
1) examining the appropriate scope of the area designated in the Official Community Plan for possible multi-dwelling affordable housing;
2) examining the potential for increasing density in the Village core multi-dwelling housing; and
3) exploring opportunities for mixed use buildings in the Village core.
CARRIED

 

The final Summary Report (see The Project page) was presented to the Gabriola Local Trust Committee on September 7, 2017 and has now been posted on the Gabriola LTC website.

 

 

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On August 13th, Village Vision addressed the CRD's Forum on Service Delivery to the Islands 

The purpose of the forum was to identify the critical service gaps in the islands and explore ways they could be addressed by the Islands Trust in collaboration with their regional districts and key provincial ministries. Most of the participants were from the southern Gulf Islands; Gabriola was the only island from the northern islands. Nonetheless there was much common ground between islands including: housing, roads, and sustainable economic development.

Village Vision’s presentation addressed the need for a safe transportation connection through the village core and described how the Village Vision approach worked within the current governance structure (i.e., LTC and RDN). We emphasized the important role of citizens working in the spaces between official governance mandates.

 In addition, to local community organizations, the event was attended by Trustees (including our Trustee, Heather O’Sullivan), a regional director, MLA Adam Olson, and CRD and IT staff.

 

A number of other Islands have citizen-led groups doing similar work.  For an example, see:  www.saltspringcommunityalliance.org

 

August 2018: See Project Page for new information about the pedestrian pathway around the Village centre.  Click on Pedestrian Pathway Plans.

 

Village Vision Makes Recommendations to  the IT Executive Committee in Victoria

In June 2018 VVPC met with the Executive Committee of Islands Trust. We urged them to work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to change the 1992 road standards agreement so that “village” areas of the Islands Trust islands can be made safe and welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

 The presentation was well received and is expected to be added as a project in the next IT strategic plan.

 There is strong support on Gabriola for changes in the Village area, and as we recommended at the IT Executive Committee, we hope that the Island Trust, the Regional Districts and the Ministry will work to change the IT-MoTI Letter of Agreement to enable infrastructure improvements that will enhance safety for everyone and provide more options for cyclists and pedestrians in their communities.

We also strongly emphasized the work of citizen-led groups like Village Vision in crystalizing community support in identifying both problems and solutions. We believe that government in collaboration with community can achieve much more than government can working alone.

 

On January 18, 2018, The Village Vision Planning Committee asked the Local Trust Committee to work with the Provincial Government and the Regional District of Nanaimo to bring in inter-agency policies to solve issues around the long-term future of the village core.

From the Gabriola LTC minutes of January 18, 2018:
GB-2018-002
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee refer point 1 in the Village Vision Delegation’s submission, “Amend the Letter of Agreement between the Ministry of Transportation and the Islands Trust to include specific standards for village area streetscapes as rural complete multi-modal streets”, to the Executive Committee with the inclusion of a supporting letter to be received from Village Vision.
CARRIED


GB-2018-003
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee request staff to add points 2a and 2b of the Village Vision Delegation’s submission to the agenda of the upcoming Regional District of Nanaimo and Islands Trust joint meeting:
“Adopt a co-ordinated inter-agency (Islands Trust, RDN and MOTI) approach to:
a) the development of a Master Plan for the development of accessible, safe, pedestrian friendly routes not only in the village core but also down North Road to the ferry; and
b) the development of standards, processes and shared funding programs to allow rural community Regional Districts to more efficiently and successfully collaborate with MOTI on rural village complete street improvements”.
CARRIED


GB-2018-004
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee refer point 2c of the Village Vision Delegation’s submission to the Trust Programs Committee for consideration:
“Adopt a co-ordinated inter-agency (Islands Trust, RDN and MOTI) approach to:
c) the development of standards that would allow for the safe rainwater harvesting for potable use in multi-family, commercial and institutional settings.”
CARRIED


GB-2018-005
It was MOVED and SECONDED
that the following considerations be incorporated into a Project Charter for the second phase of the Housing Options Review Project:
1) examining the appropriate scope of the area designated in the Official Community Plan for possible multi-dwelling affordable housing;
2) examining the potential for increasing density in the Village core multi-dwelling housing; and
3) exploring opportunities for mixed use buildings in the Village core.
CARRIED

 

The final Summary Report (see The Project page) was presented to the Gabriola Local Trust Committee on September 7, 2017 and has now been posted on the Gabriola LTC website.

 

 

Students at Work - Village Vision and VIU Design Visioning Workshop September 2016

Students at Work - Village Vision and VIU Design Visioning Workshop September 2016

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The Project


We believe that Gabriolans should be proactive in developing a
vision for the Village core and that we should have a long-term plan
reflecting the community’s values and interests regarding future uses of the area.

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The Project


We believe that Gabriolans should be proactive in developing a
vision for the Village core and that we should have a long-term plan
reflecting the community’s values and interests regarding future uses of the area.

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Village Vision/VIU Design Visioning Workshop


Over the past 2 years, the Village Vision committee, in accordance with its mission to facilitate a grass roots, community-led planning process for the future of Gabriola's village core have organized a number of community workshops.  These workshops have been designed to develop the basis for a long-term plan for the village core reflecting our community's values and interests.  They have covered a range of topics: how to frame the project, land use, housing, water and waste management, and creating byways and people places.

 

On September 7, 8 and 9, 20 VIU Master of Community Planning Students, VIU faculty members and Village Vision committee members held a Design Visioning Workshop at Agi Hall.  Four teams developed visionary concepts and designs for the village core area based on community input from the Village Vision workshops.  The public was invited to participate at an event on each of the 3 days: September 7, 6:30-8:30 pm - a presentation by Dr. David Witty "Rural Villages - Rural by Design" followed by a Community Ideas Workshop; September 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Community Drop-in - an opportunity for the public to discuss the works in progress; and September 9, 5:30 – 7:00pm - Final Presentations by each of the design teams.

 

This three-day Design Visioning Workshop is a significant event and will move the Village Vision project to the "next level" - we nowhave actual designs for further review and comment!  Continued public participation and input are crucial to the success of the Workshop.

Village Vision/VIU Design Visioning Workshop


Over the past 2 years, the Village Vision committee, in accordance with its mission to facilitate a grass roots, community-led planning process for the future of Gabriola's village core have organized a number of community workshops.  These workshops have been designed to develop the basis for a long-term plan for the village core reflecting our community's values and interests.  They have covered a range of topics: how to frame the project, land use, housing, water and waste management, and creating byways and people places.

 

On September 7, 8 and 9, 20 VIU Master of Community Planning Students, VIU faculty members and Village Vision committee members held a Design Visioning Workshop at Agi Hall.  Four teams developed visionary concepts and designs for the village core area based on community input from the Village Vision workshops.  The public was invited to participate at an event on each of the 3 days: September 7, 6:30-8:30 pm - a presentation by Dr. David Witty "Rural Villages - Rural by Design" followed by a Community Ideas Workshop; September 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Community Drop-in - an opportunity for the public to discuss the works in progress; and September 9, 5:30 – 7:00pm - Final Presentations by each of the design teams.

 

This three-day Design Visioning Workshop is a significant event and will move the Village Vision project to the "next level" - we nowhave actual designs for further review and comment!  Continued public participation and input are crucial to the success of the Workshop.