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FAQs - CURLING CENTRE PROJECT Alternate Approval Process (AAP)

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Who owns the curling centre?
This is a Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) facility, located at the exhibition grounds. The Comox Valley Curling Club Society leases the building year-round and is responsible for all operational costs (hydro, gas, maintenance, and staff).

What is an AAP?
An alternate approval process (AAP) is a method of gaining electoral approval to borrow money for the project.

Which Comox Valley residents are eligible to submit elector response forms within the alternate approval process (AAP)?

Residents that are part of the Comox Valley recreation complexes service are eligible to take part in the AAP. This service area pertains to residents in the CVRD electoral areas which are Baynes Sound (Electoral Area 'A', excluding Denman and Hornby Islands), Lazo North (Electoral Area 'B') and Puntledge-Black Creek (Electoral Area 'C'), as well as Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and Village of Cumberland. 

Is there an alternative to the AAP?
Yes, a referendum could be conducted, however it is more costly, would be more time-consuming, and would delay the process. An AAP can be conducted without delay, and with elector approval the project can be completed prior to the start of the 2015/2016 curling season.

Why the need for this project?
A feasibility study for renovating the curling rink facility was identified as an operational priority for the community services branch (recreation) in the Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) strategic plan. This project is in response to the outcome of the feasibility study that was presented to the CVRD board in 2013.

The curling centre and the ice equipment are upwards of 50 years old. Consulting firms PBK Architects and RDH Building Engineering Ltd. were contracted to undergo assessments and these reports confirmed the structure is in need of upgrades (seismic) and the equipment has exceeded its life expectancy

Several options have been reviewed, identified and considered – from scouting a new location and constructing a new facility, to renovating, or leaving as is. The option to renovate the curling rink and perform minimum work to the supporting services, including equipment change rooms, offices, sports shop, kitchen, meeting rooms, banquet hall and viewing lounges, has been considered most cost-effective.

What is the project cost?
The cost of the project is estimated at $1.9 million. Other options were to renovate the curling rink and support services at a cost of $5.2 million, or renovate the curling rink and build new support services at a cost of $7.2 million.

How much will this cost the average household?
Should the project gain elector approval, borrowed funds will be paid back through tax requisition, which is estimated to be $0.0138 per $1,000. For a property assessed at $300,000 the tax levy impact for the curling centre project would be $4.14 per year per household.

Is the Comox Valley Curling Club Society covering any costs of this project?
Yes, the curling club society is contributing $100,000 to this project. With their non-profit status they may be eligible for grants and any grant monies received will be used to decrease the amount borrowed.

How much time will this add to the life expectancy of this facility?
It is estimated that with these improvements curling can continue in the Comox Valley for another 30 years.

How many curlers are in the Comox Valley?
Home to 500 member curlers, the curling centre holds numerous bonspiels throughout the season and is utilized by user groups such as schools, military personnel, the special olympics and private rentals.

What is the contingency fund?
After a phase 1 environmental site assessment, there were areas of concern regarding site contamination and it was recommended that a contingency fund of $100,000 be put in place.

When does the curling season run?
The curling season runs from September into April.

What happens in the off-season?
The ice comes out and the facility is rented to user groups such as the Comox Valley Exhibition and Vancouver Island MusicFest.