Closing conditions completed as design engagement begins

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay and School District (SD71) successfully completed the sale and exchange of land as part of the tri-party agreement by the closing date of February 27, 2017.

In the first phase of this tri-party agreement the CVRD has purchased a vacant piece of land, on Harmston Avenue, from SD71 upon which a new regional office will be constructed.

In a second phase, which will happen in 2021, the CVRD will purchase the adjacent property currently occupied by the SD71 administration offices. The school district will have the option to remain at this location with a 99 year lease from the CVRD, or move to a new office at a different location. By securing these two properties the CVRD will be able to construct a new office and ensure adjacent property is available for future local government uses. The total cost to the CVRD for the acquisition of the land will be $1.2 million, with a value of $365,000 assigned to prepaid rent for a long-term lease to SD71 to permit the school district to remain on the phase two land. As part of this agreement, there will also be a land exchange between the City of Courtenay and SD71 to secure Harmston Park as City owned land.

“Successfully meeting all the closing requirements provides the CVRD security moving forward with the Civic Centre – regional office building project and ensures continued service offerings to residents in the future” states CVRD Board Chair Jolliffe.

The CVRD retained KMBR architects and planners in December to undertake the design of the new regional office project.  Engagement opportunities on the design of the building will occur in March and April.

For more information on the Civic Centre – regional office building project and next steps please visit

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Steel
Manager of Corporate Communications
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6063