Cedar Hill Corner

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Cedar Hill Corner. Image retrieved using Google Earth.

Background

The University of Victoria's Cedar Hill Corner Property is a 40.33 acre underdeveloped parcel located at the southeast side of the campus adjacent to Cedar Hill Cross Road. 

The property is zoned for institutional use and is a vital asset to enable the future physical expansion of the university. Developed through extensive engagement with community stakeholders, the university’s 2016 Campus Plan establishes a goal to create a long-term property plan in support of the university’s academic mission.

Public Closure

In March 2020, the university closed the property in order to maintain community health and safety in response to COVID-19. In July 2020, the public closure on the property was extended to allow for a property management review including exploration of opportunities for the property to better support the university’s academic mission.

As of August 4, 2020, UVic varsity student athletes will being using Cedar Hill Corner regularly for training purposes. Track and cross-country athletes and other varsity athletes are using the Cedar Hill Corner area both for organized training and coaching as well as for individual training during a variety of scheduled and unscheduled times.

The track at Cedar Hill Corner is an ideal training area, allowing student athletes to push their limits through training and time trials in a safe and controlled location while physical distancing measures are in place. The use of Cedar Hill Corner for training will reduce need for athlete training in busy regional parks. To ensure safety of athletes, members of our campus community as well as members of the public, the area is not open for public use.

The university will continue to review opportunities to support activities that require additional programmable space due to COVID-19, which could include both community uses and university uses on the site.

Access to Campus for Recreation and Leisure

The university acknowledges that Cedar Hill Corner has been a popular venue for the public, with an increase in foot traffic among walkers, hikers and people walking their dogs in recent years.

The university campus remains open to the public from many access points, including a nearby 4-km alumni chip trail and Mystic Vale that remains available for leisure activities such as on-leash dog walking.

Future Updates

The university works collaboratively and respectfully with surrounding neighbourhood residents and other external stakeholders on university land use and development processes. Any future changes in property management will be communicated through the Community Association Liaison Committee and this website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cedar Hill Corner closed?

The University of Victoria has begun a property management review for Cedar Hill Corner, an undeveloped area of campus currently closed to the public. This process will explore opportunities for the property to better support the university’s mission as a research-intensive post-secondary institution.

In the short and medium term, the site will support activities that require additional programmable space, which could include both community and university uses.

In late March 2020, UVic closed Cedar Hill Corner in order to maintain community health and safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is examining how it actively manages infrastructure, land use and facilities to accommodate physical distancing and create additional spaces for activities that are safe for students, staff and faculty members.

What is the university's long-term plan for the property?

Over the long term, Cedar Hill Corner is a vital asset to enable the future expansion of the university. The university’s 2016 Campus Plan establishes a goal to create a long-term plan to develop the property.

The university’s first priority as an educational institution is to provide opportunities for students, scholarly pursuits and wellbeing of mind and body for members of our university community.

The university has a responsibility to steward its physical and financial assets in a responsible manner.

What about people that use Cedar Hill Corner as valued community space and parkland?

The university campus remains open to the public from many access points, including a nearby 4-km alumni chip trail and Mystic Vale that remains available for leisure activities such as on-leash dog walking.

Cedar Hill Corner has never been designated as parkland, though we understand people have informally used the area for recreational purposes.

What is the university using Cedar Hill Corner for since it was closed to the public?

As of summer 2020, the UVic varsity student athletes including the track and cross country teams will be using Cedar Hill Corner for training purposes to support student athletes while physical distancing. This provides the teams with dedicated space on campus and reduces need for athletes to train in busy public parks and recreational areas.

The Centre for Forest Biology continues to conduct field activities at the Forest Biology Research Compound on the property. This has been a well-established use for academic studies. Faulty and staff continue to access the property to conduct their research.

Over the longer term, the university is conducting a land management review of the property’s role to fulfill UVic’s academic mission.

Can Cedar Hill Corner be open for public use at times when the university is not using the area?

The Uvic Varsity student athletes including the track and cross-country athletes are using the Cedar Hill Corner area both for organized training and coaching as well as for individual training during a variety of scheduled and unscheduled times. To ensure safety of athletes, members of our campus community as well as members of the public, the area is not open for public use.

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