The former Salmon River Elementary School property was acquired by the County after the school closed in 2008 and a request for proposals was conducted in 2009 with none received. The school was demolished in 2017 and the site has been vacant for several years with some local recreational use. In 2021, the Municipality began to do some light maintenance of the property. In Fall of 2021 municipal staff began an engagement process to gather residents' thoughts on the future of this property. As a next step, staff will complete a more detailed analysis and recommendation for Council based on the information and input gathered to date.
On October 13, 2022, staff presented its Report and Recommendation to Council Committee regarding the future use of the former Salmon River Elementary School property. District 5 Councillor, Tim Johnson also provided a report on his extensive conversations with residents (see documents).
Following discussion at their October 13th meeting, Council Committee recommended the future use of the site be 40% housing and 60% park/greenspace and that staff be directed to proceed with a request for proposals for development. This recommendation was considered by Council at their meeting on October 27, 2022, and a motion was carried. Council directed staff to designate 40% of the lands at the former Salmon River School property for housing development and 60% for park/greenspace; and staff was also directed to proceed with a Request for Proposals for the property.