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Around Town: Comox Valley Regional District – Building permit fees to increase

Posted on November 23, 2017

Around Town: Comox Valley Regional District – Building permit fees to increase

On November 8, the Comox Valley Regional District Board approved an increase in building permit fees for construction in the Comox Valley electoral areas. Base fees have been raised by $25 along with an adjustment of the variable fees. (more…)

Editor’s Note: November 22, 2017: Construction has started on Seymour Pacific’s 70-unit, multi-family development in Campbell River

Posted on November 22, 2017

Editor’s Note: November 22, 2017: Construction has started on Seymour Pacific’s 70-unit, multi-family development in Campbell River

In This Issue:

  • Construction has started on Seymour Pacific’s 70-unit, multi-family development in Campbell River
  • Port Alberni city council gave first and second reading to an OCP and Zoning Amendment application for a multi-family phased development at site of former high school
  • Design and feasibility studies are underway for a 36-unit residential building in Courtenay

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Meet the Team Behind Riverside Senior Living in Courtenay

Posted on November 17, 2017

Meet the Team Behind Riverside Senior Living in Courtenay

A new locally owned and operated independent living community – Riverside Senior Living – is coming to Courtenay, led by an experienced residential development and hospitality management team.

Managing partners Stan Sprenger and Rick Browning bring extensive experience from projects in BC, and across Canada and the US.

Since 2006, they have owned and operated the Best Western Westerly Hotel in downtown Courtenay. In the past decade, they have added a 36-suite hotel wing with ground floor retail, rebuilt the pub, kitchen and catering facilities, and are now building all of the facilities for Riverside Senior Living, which is set adjacent to this full service hotel.

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Around Town: VIREB Reports Buyer Demand and Low Inventory in October’s Report

Posted on November 16, 2017

Around Town: VIREB Reports Buyer Demand and Low Inventory in October’s Report

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reports that single-family home sales in October 2017 rose by 16 per cent from one year ago but dipped 10 per cent from September. (more…)

Editor’s Note: November 15, 2017: The CVRD approves Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for proposed Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

Posted on November 15, 2017

Editor’s Note: November 15, 2017: The CVRD approves Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for proposed Comox Valley Water Treatment Project

In This Issue:

  • The CVRD approves Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for proposed “Comox Valley Water Treatment Project
  • City of Campbell River Council is moving forward with a plan for a project on the 3.5 acre downtown waterfront site
  • A new multi-family project is being proposed for the 190 acres in the Lang Creek area of Powell River

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Around Town: BC Energy Step Code Seminar – What It Means For Future Buildings In The North Island

Posted on November 9, 2017

Around Town: BC Energy Step Code Seminar – What It Means For Future Buildings In The North Island

The Step Code: The BC Energy Step Code is BC’s new voluntary energy code for buildings which local governments can choose to be a requirement in their jurisdictions. It outlines the incremental steps to guide designers and builders towards buildings that will meet near net zero or passive house levels of energy efficiency. (more…)

Editor’s Note: November 8, 2017: Construction continues on the $13.5 million Campbell River Trades Facility Replacement and Campus Consolidation Project

Posted on November 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: November 8, 2017: Construction continues on the $13.5 million Campbell River Trades Facility Replacement and Campus Consolidation Project

In This Issue:

  • Construction continues on the $13.5 million Campbell River Trades Facility Replacement and Campus Consolidation Project
  • Phase II tender for Powell River Airport expected to be issued in late November
  • Construction is underway for a planned spill response base in Port Alberni

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Around Town: Opioid crisis: VICA holds Harm Reduction Workshops for the construction industry

Posted on November 2, 2017

Around Town: Opioid crisis: VICA holds Harm Reduction Workshops for the construction industry

Construction industry workers may be demographically vulnerable to opioid poisoning. Recent data from the BC Coroner’s Office indicates that 80% of drug related deaths are occurring in men, and 75% of drug related deaths are occurring in people aged 30-59.

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Editor’s Note: November 1, 2017: Public consultation for Campbell River Zoning Bylaw review today

Posted on November 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: November 1, 2017: Public consultation for Campbell River Zoning Bylaw review today

In This Issue:

  • The City of Campbell River is holding a public consultation for the Zoning Bylaw review today Nov. 1, from 5-8 pm at the Maritime Heritage Centre
  • Site meeting tomorrowNovember 2 for Hangars Lighting Upgrade at 19 Wing Comox
  • Proposal moving forward for Olive Devaud Residence to convert to student housing in Powell River

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Around Town: Proposed Changes to the Development Cost Charges (DCCs) for Water and Sewer

Posted on October 26, 2017

Around Town: Proposed Changes to the Development Cost Charges (DCCs) for Water and Sewer

In April 2017, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) completed a technical study to review DCCs for both water and sewer. Koers and Associates completed the study and reviewed population estimates within the serviced communities and upcoming capital projects for the next ten years. Population estimates were determined based on the recently completed DCC Update Studies for both the City of Courtenay and the Town of Comox. (more…)