Comox Valley Hospital Nearing Completion in Courtenay

Posted on Aug 13, 2017

The state-of-the-art new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital is scheduled to open in Courtenay this fall.

The new hospital in the Comox Valley has been designed to meet the needs for all residents in the Comox Valley and surrounding region. The hospital is centrally located within the City of Courtenay and is easily accessible from any location in the area.

The Comox Valley Hospital is only 15 minutes from the new real estate development The Ridge. The Ridge is currently working on approvals for Phase 3 lots.

This part of Vancouver Island is known for its friendly people and active communities. With this in mind, a call for volunteers for the new hospital has gone out. Volunteers are a vital component to the running of the hospital. They improve the overall experience of patients and their families. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Laura Heikkila at or website: or call: 250-871-8971

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New Condo Projects Nearing Completion in Courtenay, Updates Slated for Campbell River Golf Course

Posted on Jul 17, 2017

Construction on the 71-unit residential condominium development called Riverstone is in the finishing stages.

Siding and interior finishing is underway and nearly complete. Landscaping is set to begin soon and the entire project will be complete by late July. Residents will be moving in as of August.

These condominium units went on sale June 16, with one-bedrooms starting at $160,000 and two bedrooms at $220,000. The units vary in size from 568 to 897 sq. ft.

A building permit with a value of $7.9 million was issued for this project in October of last year. Traine Construction is the general contractor for this project. For more information, go to:

Adjacent to this project on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay is a mixed use project called Riverwalk Centre, which includes commercial space on the main floor and condominiums on the upper floor.

This project, along with its sister project Riverstone, are both developed by Highstreet Ventures Inc. Concrete and wood framing of the commercial space and condo lofts on the Riverwalk building are now complete.

Occupancy is still slated for the beginning of December with tenant improvements for the commercial space able to start in September. This building will include 16 condominiums and 14,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the main floor of the building.

The commercial space is available for sale or to lease. This building is expected to ready for occupancy in November of 2017. Traine Construction is the general contractor for this project. For more information, go to:

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Campbell River council gave third reading to a zoning amendment application to change property zoning and allow for expansion of the Campbell River Golf and Country Club, formerly known as Sequoia Springs Golf Course. The Mailmans, a local Campbell River family, purchased the course March 1 and have some exciting changes planned.

The new vision for the course includes: expanding amenities and revitalizing the course; a renovation to the clubhouse to upgrade the dining room, meeting rooms and banquet facilities; and a state of the art driving range.

A spa and wellness centre is also under consideration for the future.

Approval of the application would update the golf course definition to include retail, accommodation and health and wellness facilities.

Kyle Stoudt, a CPGA professional has been hired as the club’s new Golf Professional and Manager of day-to-day operations.

The grand opening of the Campbell River Golf and Country Club is scheduled to take place in the Spring.

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Growing Number of Building, Development Inquiries Slowing Processing Times In Campbell River

Posted on Jun 3, 2017

Another surge in local construction has City staff processing a flurry of applications and permits in Campbell River, to the point where it’s getting hard to keep up with demand. Construction has been strong and steady in Campbell River since 2013, when a mini building boom began ramping up. This year, they are anticipating an increase of up to 70 per cent over last year. Last year’s stats were comparable to the building happening in 2007 and 2008. This year is expected to rival the numbers for the last peak construction boom year of 2006.

An increase in demand for development applications and building permits in Campbell River means city staff are finding it difficult to keep up.

Already this year, the City has received almost 50 development applications, one and a half times the number of requests for the same period of time in 2016. If the rate of development applications starts to plateau, it will allow some time for City staff to catch up on files. In the meantime, they want to advise the development community they are seeing a growing backlog and they are expecting processing times are getting a bit longer because of the volume of applications to process. Delays due to the increased volume are adding approximately four weeks to the standard turnaround times for development permits and approximately six weeks to building permits.

For more information please contact the community planning and development services department 250.286.5725 or email

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Residential Construction Booming in the Comox Valley and Campbell River

Posted on May 17, 2017

According to our calculations there has been a dramatic increase in the permits for the residential sector in the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions during the first quarter of 2017.

Single family dwelling starts are up by 57 per cent overall, with the biggest increase occurring in Campbell River which showed a 100 per cent increase in the new homes started this year, compared to the same period last year.

The construction of secondary suites has increased by at least 100 per cent. We know that there are more secondary suites being constructed, however, certain subdivisions already zoned in the Comox Valley do not issue a permit for the suite when building a new home.

The zoning for some subdivisions in Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox have been zoned for secondary suites. The construction of secondary suites will continue to rise, due to the low vacancy rate and the higher cost of real estate.

Total construction values are $45.3 million compared to $37.2 million in 2016, a 24 per cent increase.

According to the most recent Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) statistics, inventory of single-family homes declined by 33 per cent from April 2016, with 1,122 active listings available last month compared to 1,694 one year ago.

In April 2017, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $419,100, up 17.5 per cent from one year ago. Prices increased in every zone, ranging from 13 per cent in Duncan to 22 per cent in Nanaimo. The bench-
mark price of an apartment in April rose 28 per cent board-wide from the previous year, but the highest increase was in Campbell River, at 39 per cent. The townhouse market also strengthened in April, posting a 21 per cent increase board-wide.

The April 2017 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $335,000, an increase of 18 per cent over April 2016. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price hit $415,800, up 16 per cent from 2016. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $354,400, an increase of 13 per cent compared to April 2016. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 22 per cent to $461,600 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 20 per cent to $477,700. The price of a benchmark home in Port Alberni hit $227,400, up 19 per cent from one year ago.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links. Contact: or find Building Links on Facebook at

Excerpted from the Business Examiner Vancouver Island, May 2017 edition.

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North Island Sees Major Increase in Residential Construction

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

Residential construction is up in all municipalities in the Campbell River and Comox Valley regions, by 57% this quarter compared to 2016.

The region’s first quarter construction statistics shows a dramatic increase in the residential sector in the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions.

Single family dwelling starts are up by 57% overall, with the biggest increase occurring in Campbell River which showed a 100% increase in the new homes started this year, compared to the same period last year.

Total construction values are $45.3 million compared to $37.2 million in 2016, a 24% increase.

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Back Yards are Blooming at The Ridge on Vancouver Island

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

Spring comes quickly to Vancouver Island, and with it the spectrum of colour that fills gardens and planter boxes. Rhododendrons and Azaleas thrive in the mild West Coast climate and are blooming shortly after the spring daffodils and tulips make their appearance.

While the Island is green year round, spring gardens burst into bloom earlier here than anywhere else in Canada!  With large yards at The Ridge subdivision, gardeners can plant flowers, shrubs and trees to their heart’s content. Design your landscaping to showcase year-round colour, and still make it as low maintenance as you wish.

The Ridge community has 20 new homes under construction in  Phase I and preparing lots for Phase II. With new residents already enjoying their spacious properties, contact us to learn more about building your new custom home at The Ridge.

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