Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News
In this Week’s Issue of Building Links
- Black Creek-Oyster Bay: Moratorium on new water connections has been lifted.
- Comox Valley Regional District: Proposed septic regulatory program.
- Campbell River: Phase 1 renovations at the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex moving forward.
Black Creek-Oyster Bay: Moratorium on new water connections has been lifted.
The Black Creek-Oyster Bay Services Committee has lifted the moratorium on news connections in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay (BCOB) Water Local Service Area (WSLA). The moratorium has been in place since October 2021 when a new well completed in March 2021 demonstrated a lower than expected production capacity. BCOB Services Committee approved suspension of new or upsized connections to the BCOB water system until sufficient additional water supply source could be secured. Since then, staff have established a statutory right-of-way and covenant on title to drill three community drinking water wells on Shelter Point Farms property. Securing these property rights allows up to three new production wells, the first of which is referred to as Well No.6. While completion and permitting of the new well is not expected to be complete until 2024, pump testing of the well suggests it will sustainably produce 1,142 m3/day or (approx. 48 m3/hr) for several hundred new connections, more than expected from preliminary study work.
Comox Valley Regional District: Proposed septic regulatory program.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is proceeding with next steps to develop a septic regulatory program. Staff are recommended an inspection-based program for high-risk areas, with mandatory pump-outs in all areas. As proposed, a regulatory bylaw would be enacted to mandate septic inspections in identified high-risk areas and periodic pump-outs for Type 1 systems (i.e. every five years) and annual maintenance in accordance with the system maintenance plan for Type 2 and 3 systems for all areas. All pump-outs, maintenance and inspections would be coordinated and arranged by individual property owners. Incentives for septic system inspections and/or upgrades could also be included. This sort of program currently falls outside the CVRD’s regulatory authority and will require an Order in Council request to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Public engagement on the program is expected in the spring of next year, service establishment in 2025, and service start up in 2026.
Campbell River: Phase 1 renovations at the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex moving forward.
The alternative approval process for electoral approval to borrow $64.67 million to fund the redevelopment of the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex has wrapped up. Less than 10 percent of electors opposed the process allowing the District to consider proceeding with borrowing. The Board of Directors will discuss the next steps in November. Campbell River Council will consider waiving $194,000 in building and development permit fees at this week’s council meeting. The building permit application for Phase 1 was made on October 12 with an estimated construction cost of $45 million and 260 plumbing fixtures. The associated building permit fee and development cost charges including plumbing permit is just over $400,000.
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