AAP for Crofton Fire Hall funding

AAP for Crofton Fire Hall funding

(North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan voters can have a say regarding long-term capital borrowing of $4.8 million to finance the replacement of the Crofton Fire Hall. An alternative approval process (AAP) (formerly known as a counter-petition process) is a form of approval that is separate from assent voting (referendum). Eligible voters in North Cowichan can participate in the AAP by submitting an Elector Response Form during the response period, from 8 am on July 22 to 4 pm on August 22, 2022.

Under an AAP, if 10 per cent of the eligible electors (2,868 or more of the 28,684 eligible voters) submit a response form by the deadline, North Cowichan must seek approval through assent voting (referendum) in order to proceed. If that were to happen, a question asking voters if they approve adoption of the loan authorization bylaw would be included on the ballot for the 2022 general local election being held this October.

How to have your say:

  • If you support the loan authorization bylaw (borrowing up to $4.8 million to fund the construction of a replacement fire hall in Crofton), you do not need to do anything.
  • If you do NOT support the loan authorization bylaw, complete the Elector Response Form [PDF - 287 KB] beginning July 22 and submit it by August 22, 2022 (details are online). The form is also available at Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans-Canada Highway.

The existing fire hall in Crofton was constructed in 1964. A second floor addition was added sometime later, and the apparatus bays were built in 2002. A number of assessments and studies have concluded that the existing fire hall is in immediate need of seismic upgrades and urgent repairs, and given the cost of these repairs, it is recommended the older section of the fire hall be demolished and rebuilt in its current location. The newer apparatus bays are not in need of repairs and therefore will not be part of the construction.

The new proposed fire hall building would be approximately 3,600 square feet (by comparison, the existing fire hall is 7,200 square feet) and includes training and administration space, as well as dedicated storage space for equipment, gear, and electronics. Members of North Cowichan’s Crofton fire hall have been without adequate training space since 2019 when the second floor was closed due to load bearing issues.

The North Cowichan Fire Department serves the municipality, as well as Quw'utsun, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz'uminus, and Lyackson First Nations from four fire halls: Chemainus, Maple Bay, South End, and Crofton. It is one of BC’s largest paid on-call fire department, with 113 members.

The new fire hall is expected to serve our community’s needs for 50 years.