At its Sept. 16 meeting, Courtenay council approved a development permit application — with a provision that the proponent provides charging stations and a transit shelter — for a long-term care facility near the southern entrance to the city. Golden Life Management intends to build an oceanside village at 29th and Cliffe, next to the Courtenay River Estuary. The proposal is to build 83 independent living units, 120 residential care rooms and six hospice units. There will be options for palliative care and medical assistance in dying (MAiD). The company recently submitted a building permit application.
•Staff will provide a report to council with options and implications for implementing a nuisance abatement and cost recovery bylaw, similar to that in Prince George. At the Sept. 3 meeting, a Courtenay couple said that criminal behaviour at a neighboring property has been adversely affecting their health and quality of life. According to the couple, police said City bylaws are their only defence. They asked council to include citizen input in the bylaw.
•Council agreed to write a letter of support for the regional district to administer the Reaching Home Designated Community fund. The Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness will act as a community advisory board. Reaching Home is a federal program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. It will provide funding to designated communities, and to Indigenous, and rural and remote communities to support efforts in addressing needs and to develop solutions to homelessness. The program is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing, and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50 per cent by fiscal year 2027 to 2028
•The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, which has reached its centennial year, requested a letter of proclamation that recognizes 100 years of service to the community.
•In its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the City has been awarded Level 3 recognition — Accelerating Progress on Climate Action Charter Commitments — by the Green Communities Committee.