The property search for a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley is picking up steam.

CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins says the top two-or-three sites on a confidential list of eighth are being evaluated by an engineering, surveying and mapping company this month.

He adds McElhanney’s findings will go to a sub-committee in November, who will then figure out if the top sites will go to the next level of evaluations or if the next properties on the list should be checked out.

Hutchins says the project will be the largest expenditure the valley has ever undertaken.

He adds a new facility is a must because the Cowichan District Hospital  was built in 1967 and doesn’t meet modern medical standards.