As part of the Musqueam’s Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) developed collaboratively with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm members, our Chief and Council identified several priorities for the future of our community.
Those priorities addressed several community needs, including more Musqueam housing, improved healthcare, job opportunities, steps toward self-governance, preserving history and culture, and providing resources for future generations of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.
This Master Plan brings to life the vision and objectives identified in the CCP. Much like the CCP, this process will be community-driven, meaning that the Master Plan will reflect our community’s input.
Specifically, this Master Plan will take a community-focused approach to address the future development and preservation of our reserve land, known as IR2.
Read on to learn more below!
xʷqʷəlqʷəliwən ct ʔə tə sʔa:nɬ xʷəlməxʷ translates to:
Thinking About Our Community (Village).
This is the guiding phrase that accompanies the MIB Master Plan.
The word “thinking” reflects the concept that the IR2 master plan is a living document. All master plans are guiding principles throughout the development process and it is important to understand that this work will carry on for many years to come.
During this time, our resources and assets will change with younger generations coming into positions of leadership. Despite having a “Master Plan”, many things will change, and so we continue thinking of how to move forward and progress with all of our community, and all the generations to follow.
Many know the term xʷəlməxʷ as a reference to an Indigenous person; however, it encompasses much more to its meaning. Its context includes someone that comes from the land, and/or the place where our village and community is.
We placed the term “village” in brackets because it is much more than just our village. We only tend to think of Musqueam IR2 and the surrounding neighbourhood as our village, but it includes all our Musqueam assets and land around us historically and presently.
Simply put, this Master Plan will be the guiding document for our community’s future.
This plan will be our long-range vision for organizing and planning the use, development, and/or preservation of our lands. It will be a community-driven site plan that preserves environmental and heritage assets, specifies land uses on specific parcels including housing, and assigns open spaces, streets, and community amenities to the entire site.
A Master Plan should be much more than a set of buildings on a map. It should also be a guiding document, informed by your ideas of what you want your community to look like. It should address how residents and visitors interact with each other, how comfortable you will feel in your community in both private spaces and public spaces, and how your community should grow over time.
More importantly, an enduring Master Plan will organize the built environment (buildings, homes, roads, infrastructure, green space, etc) in a way that reflects xʷməθkʷəy̓əm values, goals, culture, and history.
The Master Plan is a living document that will be evolved through more detailed development plans for specific parcels of land. There will be further opportunities for more community consultation for each development in accordance to Musqueam Land Code, laws and policies.
With your participation, suggestions, and ideas, together we can collectively arrive at a unified vision that will define your home for generations to come.
A Master Plan is much more than “what buildings go where.” The Master Plan you can help create will include several different layers to guide the community’s future. These elements may include:
But the most important part of a Master Plan? You! Without your suggestions, ideas, and participation, this Master Plan will never be successful. So sign up today and start designing your community’s future!