Qualicum School District looks at selling some land in Meadowood

The property is often leased by a residents’ association for events

The School District 69 (Qualicum) board of education voted to begin the process of disposing of an unused property in Meadowood during its regular December meeting at the school board office in Parksville.

Despite modest gains in enrolment over the past two years, district staff believes the location will not be needed for the construction of a new school in the foreseeable future.

The motion approved this month does not direct staff to dispose of the property directly, secretary-treasurer Ron Amos told the board, but rather seeks the Ministry of Education’s approval for disposal.

“We have to, number one, declare it as surplus for educational use,” Amos said. “Two, we have to have public notice and public process. Once that’s done we go forward to the ministry indicating what we’ve done to date and reason why we’re seeking to dispose of it. At this juncture it’s really just due process.”

The property is located at the corner of Meadowood Way and Galvin Place, adjacent to Meadowood Community Park.

The board actually began the process of disposing of the land in October, when it approved a 30-day public consultation. Throughout November, Amos said, the school district received a number of written comments suggesting alternate uses for the site, including creating sports fields or a public recreation area; offering it for sale to the Regional District of Nanaimo; or adding it to the community park.

“If the minister gives approval to dispose of the property, you’re still not handcuffed to do anything at that point,” said Amos, who added that it could take 6-8 weeks for the board to hear back on the ministry’s decision. “It will be brought back to the board and it will still be the board’s discretion whether we want to act on it.”

Trustee Julie Austin asked whether the property was costing the school district anything while sitting vacant. Amos said the only cost outlay is part of the district’s liability insurance on all its properties.

“We are certainly liable,” he said.

Board chair Eve Flynn noted the property is leased by the Meadowood Residents’ Association for events. The land’s possible dollar value was not mentioned by board or staff at the meeting.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

Most Read