REZONING related to Langara College’s Campus Master Plan was approved at Vancouver City Council on Thursday, March 11. The approval means the college moves a step closer in advancing its vision for its West 49th avenue campus over the next 25 years.
“This is an exciting step in the continuing development of our campus. We’re excited to see our vision come to life,” said Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO, Langara College. “Our many stakeholders, including students, employees, Musqueam, and our local neighbourhood, have already provided valuable input and feedback. We thank the City of Vancouver for their support.”
The new Campus Master Plan required rezoning permission to permit the amount and form of new building area that is needed to support the renewal of Langara’s campus in the coming decades. The new plan envisions the replacement of existing aging facilities with new, larger buildings to increase space on campus within our existing campus footprint. This approach is necessary to address a 144,000 square foot space shortage on campus and provide modern facilities that meet the current and future needs of students.
“We are excited about the College’s future, and the opportunity to build a modern environment for learning and applied research that is sustainable, welcoming to all, and that helps us benefit and strengthen connections with our local communities and Indigenous partners,” said Ian Mass, Chair of Langara’s Board of Governors.
The plan includes facilities that will benefit not only Langara students and employees, but also the local community, such as a new theatre and expanded daycare, and foresees an increase of Indigenization on campus, helping to make Langara even more welcoming to Indigenous students.
A comprehensive and inclusive consultation process informed the development of the planning directions and space requirement estimates and was important to ensure that the recommendations reflect the needs, priorities, and plans of the Langara community. That process included consultation with the local community, including a public open house on campus for those who live in the neighbourhood to come and see the plans and ask questions.