Council Matters - February 19, 2014

On February 19 Council met for its regular session. The main item for discussion was the Chief Administrative Officer's (CAO) report on three potential sites being considered for a new RCMP detachment. The report contained an analysis based on seven selection criteria:

 - RCMP security assessment
 - site development costs
 - disaster response capability
 - environmental impact and First Nations' considerations
 - access to the Trans-Canada Highway
 - proximity to other emergency responders and social services
 - proximity to public transit and the urban core

A Site Selection Committee comprised of the CAO, the Director of Engineering and Operations, the Director of Development Services and the Inspector in charge of our RCMP Detachment, met to score the two sites on Beverly Street and the third site at 6454 Ford Road, using the established criteria. The results were definitive with the Ford Road site coming in at 92% compared with the other two at 66% and 68%. The proximity criteria were fairly equal across the board but security, costs, disaster response and environmental/First Nations' considerations heavily favoured Ford Road.

Council supported the Ford Road site as the recommended site for a new detachment and then gave second reading to the bylaw that proposes to rezone the property to Public Use. Once the public has had a chance to give its views at the upcoming March 5 public hearing, Council will make the decision on whether or not to change the zoning. If the rezoning process is successful, Council will have taken a significant step forward in the process to locate and build a new RCMP building--a process that started at least 10 years ago.

Council also passed another motion directing staff to report back on the potential disposition of the Beverly Street property owned by the Municipality.

Thank you to all who attended meetings, sent in emails, or wrote letters during the public discussion of the potential sites.