Site Identified for New North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP Building
After a four-year search for a suitable site for a new RCMP building, North Cowichan has identified a potential 1.78 ha parcel located on the north side of Beverly Street between the Trans Canada Highway and York Road.
North Cowichan staff has been unable to find a suitable, centrally-located site within the RCMP service area with quick and easy access to the Trans Canada Highway, City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes and University Village. However, construction of the new flood protection dyke immediately north of Beverly Street will create a suitable area on Beverly Street already owned by the Municipality.
“This is an ideal location for a new RCMP building,” stated Mayor Jon Lefebure, “but we must first request and receive approval from the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). We must also ensure that we are adhering to the policies established by North Cowichan’s Official Community Plan and Council’s commitment to ensure that any exclusion request results in a net benefit to agriculture in North Cowichan,” he added.
To achieve this, Council has directed staff to submit an application to the ALC proposing the inclusion of 3.26 ha of municipally owned land at the east end of Beverly Street into the ALR in exchange for the removal of the 1.78 ha site from the ALR (see attached map). A decision by the ALC is not expected until later this year.
“I am very happy to see this project move forward,” stated Inspector Kevin Hewco, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Commander. “On behalf of detachment members and staff I would like to thank North Cowichan Council, staff and residents for their continued support of our public safety initiatives and policing efforts within our community. A new facility is a critical component in our day-to-day service delivery and the planned location will allow for ready access to all of our coverage area and convenient access for the general public,” Inspector Hewco added.
The RCMP Building at 6060 Canada Avenue is too small to properly accommodate existing staff, and the building does not meet current building and safety codes, especially in the cell areas.
Construction of a new RCMP building is included in the 2015 Municipal budget.
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