City Council adopted the general methodology, scope, and terms of reference for the studies at its December 5-7, 2005 meeting. View the report.
The yard studies process generally involves:
- Conducting fact-finding background studies such as building condition assessments, designated substance surveys, environmental site assessments, archaeological assessments, and real estate appraisals for all buildings and properties within the scope of the study;
- Evaluating the existing conditions at yards to identify issues and opportunities for consolidation;
- Conducting a detailed needs assessment to determine the yard space requirements of every City agency, board, commission, and division needing yard space;
- Generating several consolidation scenarios that make more efficient use of the City's land resources while identifying different ways of accommodating the operations of each division that occupies yards,
- Community consultation as an important part of the study process and an input into the development of scenarios;
- Evaluating the benefits and costs of each scenario to determine the scenario that provides the greatest net benefit;
- Providing a conceptual design for each new and redeveloped yard facility showing the proposed layout of buildings and grounds; and
- Making recommendations on yard consolidation strategies, potential surplus properties, implementation measures, and any impacts to service delivery.
The yard studies process will generate reports for each study segment with recommendations that will be submitted to the Government Management Committee (GMC) and will go on to City Council if approved by the GMC.
View a timeline for the Yard Consolidation Studies.