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December 13, 2023

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Comox Valley Regional District: over $4 million in funding allocated for eight project 
  • Comox: Proposed Marina upgrades in excess of $1 million
  • Powell River: 23 city owned properties for potential housing developments 
In March of this year, the Comox Valley Regional District Recreation Commission completed a Strategic and Capital Planning process that included a proposed second artificial turf field. The CVRD has allocated funding and is proceeding with design.

Comox Valley Regional District: over $4 million in funding allocated for eight project.  

The Comox Valley Regional District has allocated remaining Growing Communities Funds in the amount of $808,500 each to the proposed Artificial Turf Field and the Sewer Extension South project. Both projects are board priorities, with significant estimated project budgets. Current estimates place the sewer extension project at up to $66,816,00 for Phase 1A and up to $25,541,000 for Phase 1B, with significant one time and annual costs for property owners. Early estimates put the cost of a second artificial turf field at G.P. Vanier at $4-$5 million. Detailed design for the turf is currently underway. The board decided against funding the Cumberland to Courtenay Connector after staff indicated funds for design to move the project forward could be found through other sources. The CVRD allocated most of the $4,497,000 funds in June of this year, including amounts to the Union Bay, Mount Washington and Denman Island fire halls, Denman Island and Goose Spit trails, and the Seal Bay Nature Park. The CVRD has five years to spend these funds under terms of the grant.

Comox: Proposed Marina upgrades in excess of $1 million.

Council has authorized staff to apply for a $1 million grant for marina enhancements and a floating commercial space. Should the grant be approved, the Town will be required to guarantee all costs that exceed the Province’s contribution and contribute a minimum of 20% of the total project cost. Funding would be utilized for the addition of New Commercial Float Buildings for the marine industry, transient moorage, additional boardwalks, docks, and improvements in the marina such as lighting and signage to support short-term tourism visitation. Further analysis is also underway on the construction of floating breakwaters which would allow a year round operation of float planes as well as increase the number of slips available for rent.

Powell River: 23 city owned properties for potential housing developments.

The City is interested in attracting potential development partners for housing developments. Council has directed the Select Committee on City Owned Properties to provide a plan for 22 of the 25 sites noted for potential development in the City’s Land Management Strategy (2021) and the newly cleared city land adjacent to the airport. Available sites will not include the Old Arena Site (14) Willingdon Avenue Site (15), and the Westview Waterfront Site (18). Land Management report categorizes each of the sites into one of three disposition timeline categories: short-term (within 2 years), medium-term (within 4 years), and long-term (5 or more years). Key action recommendations for the sites are also included. The committee identified eight of these properties as suitable for affordable housing projects and provided those recommendations to the Ministry of Housing as part of a new provincial-wide housing strategy in July. The full Land Management Strategy with property details is available at

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