FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Questions

This project is an enhancement of the Castlegar & District Community Complex (CDCC).

Starting back in 2006, through various community consultations, it was determined that the CDCC requires upgrades. The latest suggestion came through the 2016 Recreation & Culture Master Plan, which recommended that, “The RDCK and the CDRC should proceed with the enhancements and expansion at the CDCC.”

Several subsequent public consultations have occurred (a public open House, an online survey and a mail survey) to define the scope of the potential enhancements.

In December 2017, residents from Area I, Area J and Castlegar were invited to complete a survey to provide further information about potential enhancements to the Castlegar & District Community Complex. This survey asked residents whether or not they would support Option B if asked in a referendum. The Recreation Commission focused on Option B because it received stronger support in the previous questionnaire.

Results from the survey showed that 62% said they would support Option B, and 38% said they would not. The form and timing of a potential referendum will be considered by the Recreation Commission at their next meeting. Learn more about the current project status and Option B.

While the 2010 referendum was defeated almost 8 years ago, a full planning and community consultation cycle has occurred since then. The users of the facility—and the community in general—has indicated it wants to see the facility enhanced.

The last upgrade was almost 8 years ago, when the senior’s center was added and the hall was expanded. The aquatic center is almost 28 years old and has had no amenities added. The Complex Arena opened in 1976 (41 years ago) and the Pioneer Arena was built almost 62 years ago.

The 2016 Recreation & Culture Master Plan showed that the Community values the facility and wants to see it enhanced.

Community input into enhancements to the CDCC is essential. In fact, we started this project based on direction from the community, and are committed to ensuring all users have their chance to provide input.

In 2006, a Service review by PERC (Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants) determined that the Commission should “develop a long-term facility plan to identify facility improvements as well as facility additions, including a second ice sheet, improvements to the aquatic centre, and the construction of a new gymnasium and multipurpose space.”

In the years following that review, the Commission led the development of proposed facility and service enhancements. This information was shared with service users and the community.

In November 2010, eligible voters in Castlegar, Electoral Area I and Electoral Area J were asked if they approved of establishing the new recreation service and borrowing up to $25 million for the Complex Expansion. This referendum was defeated.

In 2014, the Commission initiated the Recreation & Culture Master Plan process “to guide decision making with regards to future recreation and culture facilities and services provided by the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission via the Regional District of Central Kootenay in Castlegar and Areas I & J.” This process included significant public and stakeholder engagement, and also engaged CDCC staff and elected officials. The Commission engaged RC Strategies+PERC and HCMA Architecture + Design to coordinate this process.

The master plan, finalized in January 2016, included recommendations specific to the CDCC. Based on findings gleaned during the planning process, the master plan recommended that “the RDCK and the CDRC should proceed with the enhancements and expansion at the CDCC.”

The CDRC directed staff to proceed. The RDCK worked with HCMA and RC Strategies+PERC to develop options and concepts for community review. The Build Your Own Activity Hub initiative was conceived to gather public input into the process. At a public open house, residents were invited to provide their feedback either in person or online. The result of this process was the development of two options: Option A and Option B.

In summer 2017, a survey asked respondents specific questions about which of three options they would support: Option A, Option B or no option.

Option A includes necessary improvements to arena storage and change rooms; social hub-lobby and office expansion; fitness area expansion; and a new leisure pool. Option B includes all of Option A plus a second ice sheet at the complex plus team rooms and lobby extension.

The survey found that two-thirds (67%) of respondents are in favour of a major enhancement to the CDCC, with twenty-eight percent (28%) favouring Option A and thirty-nine percent (39%) favouring Option B. While no single option received majority approval, Option B appears to have the strongest support.

The Recreation Commission felt that, because Option B received stronger support than Option A, it was important to find out whether the community would support moving ahead with Option B if asked in a referendum. The Commission directed staff to proceed to coordinating a survey in December 2017 to gather that critical information. 62% said they would support Option B, and 38% said they would not. These findings are considered reliable and representative of residents in the area. The form and timing of a potential referendum will be considered by the Recreation Commission at their next meeting.

Compare the options.

There are several reasons why we are doing this.

First, through public consultation including the Master Plan, the community and facility users indicated they want the facility upgraded.
Second, the Pioneer Arena is at the end of its useable lifespan, and a plan is being developed for its closure. The Community has to make a decision to replace it or not.

Third, interest rates are at historical low levels, making infrastructure projects such as this more feasible.

Following the 2016 Recreation & Culture Master Plan, the recommended enhancements were presented to the community at an open house in May of 2017.

From the feedback received through this process, options identified as being short term priorities were compiled into two options and a third, being no improvements, was added and presented to the Community in a mail survey. From this survey, no clear indication was received; however 67% of respondents indicated they would like to see some enhancement.

To assist in determining the scope of the project, the option receiving the highest vote, Option B, was presented back to the community asking residents if it will support the project in a referendum. Results showed that 62% said they would support Option B, and 38% said they would not.

The results of the December 2017 survey are considered representative of the area, and give the recreation Commission the confidence to move the project on to the next stage. The form and timing of a potential referendum will be considered by the Recreation Commission at their next meeting.

The cost of Option B and the taxation impact is outlined here.

Taxation for option B is shown as a cost ($7.51) per $1000.00 of assessment. Using the assessed value of your home, you can calculate what it will cost you.

For example, for every $100,000.00 of assessment, a tax increase of $75.10 would be required. Therefore, a house valued at $200,000.00 of assessment would see a tax increase of $150.20, a $300,000.00 assessed home would see an increase of $225.30, and so on.

Keep in mind, this is the maximum taxation impact and may be reduced if grant funding to support the project is received or an increase in assessment base happens (growth in the community through residential or business development).

Grant funders will not commit funding for projects that do not yet have proven support. Once the community demonstrates support and commitment to funding a defined project, then the RDCK will be able to approach grant and other funders for support.

All avenues for grants and other support will be sought.

It is too early in the process to give an accurate estimate on this yet. The project scope must be defined first, then a decision must be made regarding a referendum. If a referendum is required, it is a three to six month process. If the referendum passes, then final design, including further public consultation, will take place and this can take a year or more.

This will depend on project scope. However, in any scenario, all efforts will be made to keep all or parts of the facility open.

The Pioneer Arena will be closed and the building and property will revert back to the City of Castlegar. This will happen whether or not the community supports Option B or not.

Currently, the Pioneer Arena averages 46 hours per week of usage. A small part of this demand could be accommodated at the Complex Arena, however, it is estimated that approximately 36 prime time hours per week will not be able to be accommodated. This will affect user groups and will also have an impact on the community’s ability to host tournaments.

User groups will be engaged and consulted in the final design.

Information about the project and how it emerged and developed can be found in the website.

If you require further information or have other questions, please contact Jim Crockett, Manager of Recreation at 250-365-3386 ext. 4103 or jcrockett@rdck.bc.ca.


About the December 2017 Survey

In early December 2017, all households will receive a mailed invitation to participate in the survey. That letter contains information and instructions for accessing the survey, including a unique access code. Once you receive your letter, you can take the survey right away.

Take The Survey Now

To take survey:

  1. Click the button to take the survey.
  2. There will be an introduction page with information for you to read before you answer the survey questions.
  3. Remember to have your access code handy, because you will need it to take the survey.
  4. You can only use your access code once—so you will need to do the survey in a single session.
  5. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Consider the needs of everyone in your household when you answer the survey questions.
  7. The survey will remain open until December 22, 2017.

All responses will be kept confidential.

Please email Rob Parks at parks@rcstrategies.com, with “RDCK Survey” in the subject line.

If you experience technical issues with the survey, please email Rob Parks at parks@rcstrategies.com, with “RDCK Survey” in the subject line.

Your access code is a unique number that tells us that your household has already taken the survey.

This survey focuses on Option B because it received stronger support in the survey that was issued in summer 2017. Findings from that survey showed that two-thirds (67%) of respondents are in favour of a major enhancement to the CDCC. A single preferred option for the scope of the enhancements was not clearly identified, however twenty-eight percent (28%) favoured Option A and thirty-nine percent (39%) preferred Option B.