The Comox Valley Regional District has released its “Rethink Comox Valley” plan, which includes its work on supporting economic recovery, including strong support from the Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) and the work of its steering committee and industry advisors. CVRD staff and directors have been working with the ERTF to support and consider recommended actions in strategic planning sessions, in preparation for 2021 work plans and budgets. In addition, the CVRD board has approved an application for a Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) grant for Seal Bay Park to expand the Bates Road parking area and upgrade the Coupland Loop to an accessible trail, and has lent its support for an application to CERIP for a food hub and commercial kitchen at the Merville Hall.
The City of Courtenay has recently reviewed the ERTF recommendations and staff will be preparing a detailed report focusing on the many submissions exploring options and implications in response to the actions submitted by local industry and business associations.
The Town of Comox has submitted grant applications to CERIP for two projects: additional parking at the airport, and construction of a Marine Services Building at the Comox Marina.
Both Courtenay and Comox have extended their outdoor patio programs fr another year.
The Town has also taken steps to provide support for local cultural events through promotion on social media, when requested by local non-profit societies, and a volunteer promotion campaign to be added to the Recreation Strategic Plan.
Comox has also noted the need and importance for increased affordable daycare spaces in the community, which has been a focus of many of the submissions from across the community.