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On September 17, 2016, the Comox Valley Regional District conducted a referendum for a Mount Washington resort community fire protection service. 

View more information and the official results for the referendum. The CVRD board will consider a report on the referendum results and will also consider adopting the service establishment bylaw and the loan authorization bylaw at its meeting on September 20, 2016.

Pre-project Actions

  • Establish a steering group [PDF - 80 KB] of Mount Washington ownership group, local strata representatives, residential property owners and other user groups to re-examine the opportunities for establishing a fire protection service.  COMPLETED
  • Engage consultant services to develop options for a possible fire service. COMPLETED

We envision the project unfolding in three key phases: 

PHASE 1 – Assess

Review historical information, relevant documents and current resort information (land ownership, population, etc.) Determine if any additional baseline information is necessary. COMPLETED  See Phase 1 Backgrounder

PHASE 2 – Research & Analyze

Explore and compare service options, undertake interviews (Steering Committee; CAOs and/or Fire Chiefs for CVRD, Courtenay, Cumberland and Campbell River; North Island 911), research applicable legislation and service models in other jurisdictions, discuss results with Steering Committee.

Determine if any further details or information (for example, analysis of impact on insurance premiums by sub-contract) needs to be researched before preparing the final report. COMPLETED 

PHASE 3 – Report

The final step of the study was to summarize the public comments and complete the final report for presentation to the Electoral Areas Services Committee. View the Mount Washington Fire Protection Study on the links page. 

An Open House was held, as planned, in the main lodge at Mount Washington on Friday, October 9, 2015. All information materials, including a feedback form, were made available online and emailed to the steering group members. Unfortunately, the response rate was very low - approximately 25 people attended the Open House, and less than 10 feedback forms were received along with four letters/emails. Given the low response rate and nature of the questions/concerns raised about the proposed service, the consultants recommended a modified approach that allowed for a mid-November meeting with the steering group to review the proposed service, discuss other options for lowering the cost of the service, and talk about the possibility of additional consultation in the form of a direct mail-out.

In the meantime, the Q & A section  was updated based on the comments and questions raised at the Open House and in feedback forms. View this information on the community input pages.