Master Plan Exhibition Grounds

Exhibition Grounds Master Plan Update

The online survey is now closed, thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The draft master plan (link below) was presented to the Committee of the Whole on February 21, 2017:

The plan will be presented at the public open house:

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: CVRD boardroom, 550B Comox Road, Courtenay

Format: A 30-minute presentation will be made regarding the Master Plan, followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion. This presentation will start at 4:15 p.m. and the same presentation will be repeated at 5: 45 p.m, followed by questions and discussion.

We hope that you are able to attend one of these two presentations, and look forward to discussing the future of the Exhibition Grounds with you.

Introduction

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has started the preparation of a master plan for the Comox Valley (CV) Exhibition Grounds, located on Headquarters Road in Courtenay, BC. The site includes the original property and a newly acquired adjacent site (previously Stonehenge Farm). The master plan will meet the needs of the community and stakeholder groups, and will incorporate potential economic opportunities and actions to support growth in the agriculture sector. Yates, Thorn & Associates consulting has been hired to manage the process and prepare the draft master plan.

Public Consultation

November 3, 2016 Public Open House

Thank you to all who attended the open house and focus group sessions. View the presentation given at the open house November 3, 2016.

Six Focus Groups

In order to ensure that we hear from all interested stakeholder groups, we will also be hosting six focus groups.

These will be hosted on November 2 and 3, 2016. Each will be about 90 minutes in length. They will primarily provide an opportunity for the consultant to learn from users about how the CV Exhibition Grounds can best meet the goals of interested stakeholder groups.

While specific groups have been invited, the meetings are open to other groups who wish to express an interest in the future of the CV Exhibition Grounds.

November 2, 2016 - Comox Valley (CV) Aquatic Centre, 377 Lerwick Road - Aqua-Zone room

  • 12:00 noon - Agriculture (rural)
  • 4:00pm - Exhibition and Fall Fair
  • 6:00pm - Equestrian 
  • 8:00pm - Music festivals

November 3, 2016 - Comox Valley (CV) Sports Centre, 3001 Vanier Drive – Aquarium room

  • 12:00 noon - Farmers Market / Agriculture (urban)
  • 4:00pm - Dog Groups

Background Information

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) was created in 2008 to serve the interests of three incorporated municipalities and three electoral areas. It has a population of roughly 65,000 residents populating an area of over 1700 square kilometres on Vancouver Island’s east coast from Cook Creek to Oyster River. One of the CVRD’s responsibilities is the management of the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

The first master plan for the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds was prepared in 2002. A Revitalization Study that explored master plan options was conducted in 2008 with a full process involving stakeholders and the public. Since that time, a number of conditions that affect the future of the site have changed:

  • The 2008 plan, which includes a multi-purpose facility and an Agriplex, was approved by the CVRD board.
      
  • The curling rink has been renovated and is now called the Curling Centre (the 2008 study assumed it would be removed).
     
  • Water and electrical infrastructure were upgraded in 2011/2012.
     
  • The Comox Valley Exhibition Association has plans, approved by the CVRD board, to build a new multi-purpose facility near the curling centre. They have a grant for construction, subject to the preparation of plans and one year to begin construction. The building is planned to include meeting / exhibition space for up to 300 people, a community kitchen and an outdoor stage. 

     
  • The adjacent property, Stonehenge Farm, was recently acquired by the CVRD, and adds to the space to be examined as part of the master plan, e.g. an Agriplex has been proposed by the Comox Valley Farmer’s Institute for this portion of the expanded site. Some of the challenges on the new property include the fact that it is within the Agricultural Land Reserve, it is not serviced, and portions of it are within the floodplain.


Given these new conditions and opportunities, the CVRD requires an updated master plan for the site. Consultation with stakeholders and the community is to be included in the planning process. 


The master planning process will consider past work, gather and address stakeholder input and look at the long-term future of the region in the context of its changing environment, demographics, and emerging priorities and needs related to the agriculture sector, community events and economic opportunities. It will take into consideration local input and combine it with technical analysis and consultant expertise to balance what is wanted and what can realistically be afforded over the next ten years. The master plan is to serve as a guiding document for the CVRD board and staff, and stakeholders, providing high level strategic direction, identification of priorities and specific recommendations for the first phase of implementation. 


After the first phase of construction has been implemented and the community has used it for at least two years, a market and feasibility analysis will be conducted to refine the implementation plan for future phases. 


Timeline

It is anticipated that the draft master plan, with an implementation plan, will be completed early in 2017. It will then be reviewed by the CVRD Board and provide the basis for moving forward.

Contact Information

Jennifer Zbinden
Senior Manager of Recreation Facilities
Tel: 250-334-9622, ext. 242