PEMBERTON COMMUNITY BARN PROJECT

During the past three years, the Village of Pemberton has been making small steps towards
improving the downtown. Notably in June 2009, Council adopted the Downtown Enhancement
Strategy. The Strategy was the product of several downtown working sessions with consultant
Michael von Hausen (MvH Planning and Design) and the input of many business and
community interests. The Strategy's illustration is attached as Appendix A.
Further, in the summer of 2010, MvH Planning and Design was hired to complete a detailed
Master Plan for Frontier Street, between Aster and Camus. This document's with illustrations
and preliminary budgets also included considerable community and stakeholder input. The
Master Plan is attached as Appendix B.
In early 2011, Tom Barratt Landscape Architects Ltd. was retained to continue the planning of
Frontier Street and prepared a sidewalk and open space plan together with cost estimates
which included design of improvements to the sidewalks, parking areas, parks and open
spaces. These plans then became the basis for the Village's "shelf-ready" application for gas
tax funds under the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund
program. This plan is attached as Appendix C. The funding
application unfortunately was not successful.
The downtown enhancement initiative was a key planning direction
and action item in the Official Community Plan for 2012. In early
2012, the Council discussed the challenges and opportunities to kick
start more substantial private investments through the construction of
the downtown community barn that was identified in the Frontier
Street Master Plan. The intent was that the barn could be a
community project, whereby the construction and materials could be
achieved in a barn raising tradition. This idea was further developed
upon learning about and making contact with the Timber Framers
Guild.
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Report to ADRC
Downtown Community Barn
Development Permit
March 4, 2014
Later in 2012, the Timber Framers Guild accepted Pemberton's invitation to help build the barn
project. The construction event would be a twelve day barn raising that would offer
opportunities to participate in educational timber frame construction workshops. Further, in the
Spring of 2013 the Village convened a working group to draw support and input on the project.
This working group includes members of the Rotary Club, the Farmer's Institute, Cultural
Roundtable, Winds of Change, Legion, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Pemberton and
with the leadership of the Village will coordinate the construction of the project and the hosting
event.
The project was not a reality until late 2013 when the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation approved
a grant of $240,000 towards the project. The Foundation recognized the value-added aspect of
this project (through community donations and the Timber Framer Guild's involvement) and its
ability to enhance the vitality of downtown by offering a covered community space for activities
such as the farmers' market, special events, dances, festivals, picnics and performances. The
open air barn would also transform Pemberton by providing a highly attractive entry feature for
the downtown which was a key community recommendation of the downtown enhancement
planning.
The overall project budget is approximately $400,000 with labour (Timber Framer Guild and
other volunteers) comprising $125,000 and materials a further $275,000. At this time the Village
has been very proactive and achieving substantial community donations from individuals and
businesses for the barn materials and the overall event. The barn raising will be held from May
12th to 24th, followed by the roof installation. It is the goal that the barn be usable for the
Farmers Market in mid to late June. The official opening of the facility is planned for mid-July.

For information on hosting an event at the Downtown Barn, visit the Community Events page.

The Village of Pemberton is committed to improving downtown and has undertaken a number of planning and building initiatives to enhance this part of the Village.

In June 2009, Council adopted the Downtown Enhancement Strategy. The Strategy was the product of several downtown working sessions with consultant Michael von Hausen (MvH Planning and Design) and the input of many business and community interests.

The downtown enhancement initiative was a key planning direction and action item in the Official Community Plan for 2012. In early 2012, the Council discussed the challenges and opportunities to kick start more substantial private investments through the construction ofthe downtown community barn that was identified in the Frontier Street Master Plan. The intent was that the barn could be a community project, whereby the construction and materials could be achieved in a barn raising tradition. This idea was further developed upon learning about and making contact with the Timber Framers Guild.

Later in 2012, the Timber Framers Guild accepted Pemberton's invitation to help build the barn project. The construction event would be a twelve day barn raising that would offeropportunities to participate in educational timber frame construction workshops.

Further, in the Spring of 2013 the Village convened a working group to draw support and input on the project. This working group includes members of the Rotary Club, the Farmer's Institute, Cultural Roundtable, Winds of Change, Legion, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Pemberton and with the leadership of the Village will coordinate the construction of the project and the hosting event.

The project was not a reality until late 2013 when the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation approved a grant of $240,000 towards the project. The Foundation recognized the value-added aspect of this project (through community donations and the Timber Framer Guild's involvement) and its ability to enhance the vitality of downtown by offering a covered community space for activities such as the farmers' market, special events, dances, festivals, picnics and performances.

The Pemberton Downtown Community Barn now stands as a beautiful and unique entry feature; a key community recommendation of the downtown enhancement planning.

Fore more information on how this project came about, see below:

Report to Land Use Advisory Committee, 2014

Download the Downtown Community Barn brochure, 2014

Parking Reference Map, 2014

Media and Press Releases

"Go Sea to Sky" - Shaw TV Features Downtown Community Barn Project

For more information, contact Suzanne Bélanger, Project Coordinator, at 604.894.6135, sbelanger@pemberton.ca

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Last Updated on Tuesday, September 15, 2015