St. George’s School – Senior Campus Rezoning Update

February 2017
  
St. George’s has been a proud part of the Dunbar Community since the School’s founding in 1930. The School, like Dunbar, has grown and evolved over the decades, and is re-imagining the future of education to ensure that the school will continues to meet learners’ needs.  We know that spaces must be flexible, adaptable and encourage collaboration and connections to the outdoors.  Buildings also need to minimize environmental impact and educate students about stewardship.
 
In 2011 the School created a Campus Master Plan for the senior campus. After extensive community consultation, a rezoning application was submitted in January 2014.  Further feedback from neighbours, City staff, the Urban Design Panel, and the School’s architects resulted in an updated vision.  A revised rezoning application was submitted in January.
 
Key features of revised re-zoning submission:
 
Traffic Management
  • Reduced car volumes through the use of school buses, walking and cycling.
  • Underground parking to reduce impact on streets and increase green areas on site.
  • On-site bus drop-off/pick-up area of West 29th.
  • Parking entrance on Camosun to reduce congestion at West 29th and Camosun intersection, and reduce conflicts with bike lane.
  • Distributing pick-up and drop-off areas along West 29th and Camosun.
 
Site Layout
  • Fields at NW corner of site to create a neighbour-friendly transition for properties directly adjoining the school.
  • SE academic building set back from streets, creating an approximately one acre landscaped entry plaza.
  • 50% of Camosun Street frontage as green spaces.
  • Three large green spaces along Camosun with walkways, gardens, seating and site art.
  • Tree buffer along Camosun Street.
  • Athletics complex adjacent to BC Hydro substation.
  • Consolidation of boarding into a taller building with smaller footprint at center of site.
  • Retain trees along West 29th
 
The revised application can be viewed HERE. There will also be a City-led Open-House on March 28th. 

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Important Rezoning information from the Headmaster and the Boards

February 2017

To All Members of the St. George’s School Community:
 
We are pleased to update you on recent decisions made by the School and Foundation Boards that will allow us to proceed with a bold and incredibly exciting future for St. George’s School.

As you know, as a result of the Strategic Plan approved by the Board in 2011, St. George’s has committed itself to becoming Canada’s World School for Boys—a world leader in the education of boys. When educators from around the globe wish to identify a school that really understands boys and is doing a superb job of meeting their learning needs, we expect St. George’s to be at the top of the list. We have been working hard in recent years to renew our instructional practices and educational programs, as well as our academic facilities on both campuses, as we advance our vision of boy-centred, 21st century teaching and learning. Some of our most recent initiatives include the introduction of three new cohorts at the Grade10 level and a complete renovation of the Junior School’s fourth floor to create flexible and dynamic learning spaces for our Grade 5 and 6 students.
 
We also have developed comprehensive long-term facilities plans for both campuses, in conjunction with initiating the rezoning process for the Senior School. The ONE Campaign was launched two years ago with the goal of raising $40 million to support the construction of two new academic buildings on the Senior School campus and the ongoing renovation of the Junior School. To date, we have received commitments in excess of $35 million, and we are working hard to exceed our $40 million goal by the end of June 2017.
 
At their most recent meetings in late December, the School and Foundation Boards reviewed and approved several interrelated motions regarding the Campus Master Plan (CMP) and the rezoning of the Senior School Campus. A summary of each motion and its implications follows.

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Connecting the Strategic Plan to a Campus Master Plan


As we explored "A Boy's Learning", the first priority in the Strategic Plan, it became evident that the physical learning environment plays a key role in boys' learning, and that the School's existing facilities are limiting our ability to deliver effective teaching and learning for boys.  

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Dunbar Community Engagement

We have engaged extensively with our neighborhood community throughout the process. 

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  • Please click here to see a summary of meetings

    • February 28, 2012: Introduction of process to Dunbar Residents Association.
    • March 28, 2012: Initial meeting to discuss process and garner feedback from Good Neighbour Pledge Committee and immediate neighbours.
    • March 28, 2012: Introduce master planning process and garner land use feedback from broader Dunbar Community.
    • June 19, 2012: Open House for Dunbar community. Introduced first draft drawings of master plan.
    • June 27, 2012: Meeting with Good Neighbour Committee to discuss drafts of plan.
    • November 28, 2012: Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites sent out. Presented Campus Master plan adopted by St. George's Board.
    • November 29, 2012: Open house for School Community (parents, alumni, etc.)
    • January 15, 2013: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to present Campus Master Plan overview and process.
    • June 2013: Article on Campus Master Plan in Dunbar Residents Association newsletter.
    • October 28, 2013: Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites distributed. City of Vancouver staff present to listen to feedback.
    • February 18, 2014: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to provide rezoning update. 
    • September 22, 2014: City-led Open House concerning St. George's School's Senior School Rezoning.
    • November 3, 2014: Neighbourhood Transportation Committee established in partnership with City of Vancouver Engineering.
    • December 10, 2014: City of Vancouver Urban Design panel review.
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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