K’ómoks and Courtenay servicing agreement boosts local economy
A servicing agreement signed in March 2016 between K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay will bring water and sanitary sewer services to the K’ómoks Puntledge Indian Reserve [IR] #2, which will become treaty lands. The infrastructure will support K’ómoks’ plans to develop more economic initiatives on the Puntledge IR, including expanding the existing campground and building a residential housing complex. This agreement was developed over several years with the support of the Comox Valley Regional District.
Puntledge IR is adjacent to Courtenay, but outside of the municipal boundary. This agreement is indicative of the strong relationship that Courtenay and K’ómoks have forged, since local governments do not typically supply services to areas outside of its boundaries.
“The benefit to Courtenay is the boost to our local economy from this development — particularly in our downtown core, but also to the broader Comox Valley community. This agreement will have a very positive ripple effect.” — Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula
This story first appeared in our 2017 annual report.