Planning for a large-scale multipurpose sport and recreation facility (a multiplex) began in 2015. Two community task forces have been engaged throughout the process: one to create a schematic design for the proposed facility based on public feedback, and a second to review proposed sites for where to locate the multiplex.
The site evaluation task force presented its report to Council on December 12, 2016. Since that time council has been considering the recommendations from the task force and City staff is preparing a detailed report outlining the potential implications for each of the recommended sites.
A special council meeting is set up for March 20 to consider the findings.
Date: Monday, March 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, Historic City Hall
Note: A motion was passed on December 12, 2016 requiring all council members to be present at any further meeting where the multiplex is to be discussed.
Expectations for the March 20 meeting
Given the number of factors to be considered to determine a location for the multiplex, Council will not be in a position to make a final decision on March 20. The March 20 meeting should be viewed as the beginning of the decision-making phase for Council.
At the meeting, Council will be presented with detailed information of the implications of each location recommended by the Task Force, including the following:
- Compliance with the Official Plan
- Cost estimates for each location - purchasing and site servicing
- Timing implications
- Opportunity costs from land development (e.g., potential tax revenue)
The City's external consultant is expected to be engaged to assist in providing this detailed information. View a summary of location options for the multiplex.
After the discussion, it is likely that Council will need staff to go back and gather more information before a decision can be reached. As per the recommendations from the Task Force, Council is expected to take the necessary time to make the best decision possible.
Likely steps following March 20
Following the March 20 Council meeting, it is expected that a follow-up meeting will be scheduled, likely in April, in order to provide direction to staff on how to proceed regarding the multiplex project.
Based on the information in the March 20 report, Council will need to take time to consider a number of options before proceeding with a decision, including
- Further details related to the development of the preferred evaluated sites (possible short list based on the Council discussion)
- Reconsideration of the single site option (i.e., divide the project into two smaller facilities)
- Realization of a community multiplex through a partnership arrangement (or alternative service delivery arrangements)
Once staff has a clear indication from Council regarding the multiplex project, staff will work to realize Council's direction. Before the end of 2017, it is anticipated that the multiplex project will be clearly defined and a schedule established for its implementation.
Note about possible construction timing: As per the 2017 Budget discussions, Council has deferred the construction budget for this project to 2020. Initiating construction in 2020 would likely result in a late 2021 opening of the facility.
|The concept planning Task Force process resulted in the recommendation to develop a facility that contained the following design elements:
In 2016, a site evaluation task force reviewed potential locations for the proposed facility. The site evaluation task force identified four potential properties in addition to the location that had originally selected for the facility. In addition, the task force suggested that consideration be given to dividing the facility into components (gyms/pool versus ice) and constructing at two locations instead of on a single site.
The site evaluation task force report was presented to Council in December of 2016.