Real Estate and Facilities Master Planning

Council endorsed the District of Squamish Real Estate and Facilities Strategy (REFS) in the spring of 2018. The REFS identifies that many of the District’s facilities may require the replacement or upgrade/expansion in order to meet the community’s current and long-term needs, as many are reaching end of life, have reached maximum capacity, and are insufficient for a rapidly growing community. An investment in excess of $100m has been identified for facilities in need of such replacement or upgrade/expansion. 

In order to support the decision making that lies ahead, the REFS identifies strategic principles and an implementation approach aimed at minimizing the upcoming investment into facilities and land and to ensure the District is providing the necessary services to the community in a fiscally responsible manner over the next 25 years.

The District is now embarking on the next step identified in the implementation approach – development of a Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan (REFMP). The goal of the REFMP is to identify:

  • “What” facilities and land investments need to be made;
  • “When” those investments are recommended to be made and;
  • “How” much funding exists to support these investments. 

 

Latest updates:

  • Completed - Community Engagement at Brennan Park Fall 2018
  • Underway - the District is undertaking significant due diligence including:
    • Refining cost estimates and potential funding sources
    • Analysing options to minimize investments
    • Community and partner engagement.
      • Two Requests of Expressions of Interest have been issued:
  1. Seeking innovative funding and partnering proposals for Brennan Park lands;
  2. Testing the waters to see what level of interest there may be in the District-owned property in the Industrial Park. This land could be sold or leased to fund future investments in facilities.

 

Timeline:

 

Fall 2019: Findings from REFMP will be incorporated into Long-Term Financial Plan and Annual Budget process.

Spring 2019: A Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan (REFMP) will be completed.

April 2018: Council adopted the Real Estate and Facilities Strategy (REFS). 

July 2015: Council endorsed the development of a Long Term Real Estate and Facilities strategy in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

 

Background:

The District manages a portfolio of approximately 450 acres of real estate and 200,000 square feet of buildings to provide a range of services to the community. District facilities include Municipal Hall, Squamish Public Library, Tantalus Fire Hall, Valleycliffe Fire Hall, Squamish RCMP, District of Squamish Public Works yards, The 55 Activity Centre, Brennan Park Recreation Centre and public parks. 

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  • Chad H Mar 04, 2019

    Squamish desperately needs a bigger pool and a full service rec centre. As a parent of a young swimmer, I find it disheartening that I can no longer take my daughter swimming between 4-6:30p M-Th. Monday’s and Wednesday’s after school were the only times we could go for a Daddy-Daughter swim...now that’s gone due to lack of capacity. It’s also difficult to get her registered for swimming lessons, as by the time we know if she’s passed her current class, the next set of lessons are booked. This leaves us the option of guessing the outcome and prebooking her, or waiting until the next round comes available. Add to that North of $300/mo for gym memberships for my wife and I, leaves us missing the facilities we had in North Van and the tri-cities area considerably. I understand we have a much smaller population, but when I see the aquatic centre Sechelt has with half the population, it leaves me scratching my head. There are many very large developers with very deep pockets developing in Squamish now. They will be making a lot of $$ here, and bringing many more bodies in to further clog our outdated and underfunded facilities. It would seem to be a no brainer to get them to improve their brand and the community by digging deep. Perhaps it’s time to open Polygon Park, or Bosa Centre...my two cents.

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