Launch of New Public Dialogue on Wastewater Treatment for the Eastside

Apr 22, 2015

Victoria, BC – Confidence-building, pragmatic and inclusive. These are three of the principles driving a new public consultation process convened by the Eastside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee (Eastside Select Committee) made up of elected officials from Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria. The process will kick off next week with a briefing and dialogue at the Royal BC Museum.

The Eastside Select Committee will be hosting the first of many conversations on Wednesday, April 29, including sharing a schedule of activities and opportunities for the public to offer feedback and guidance.

“We are taking a step away from the more familiar methods of public consultation in which we come up with solutions first and then go to the public to gather feedback on what they think,” said Lisa Helps, Chair of the Eastside Select Committee. “We need citizens to actively participate in building criteria and sharing their wisdom in a way that will allow us to come up with solutions that will truly meet the needs of our community.”

The meeting will have both a briefing and workshop components. It will focus on:

  • sharing the innovative process for public input over the coming three months
  • answering questions about what has changed; and
  • learning more about public priorities for sewage and wastewater treatment for our communities.

A parallel process is taking place on the Westside and, in time, both Select Committees will come together to discuss solutions that could work across the Capital Regional District’s Core Area.

Eastside Public Briefing and Dialogue Event Details:

Date: April 29, 2015

Time: 7 - 9:30pm

Location: Royal BC Museum in the Clifford Carl Hall, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC

For more information, visit our website at www.crd.bc.ca/Eastside.

The municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood and Langford collectively are participants of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Service which is managed and operated by the Capital Regional District (CRD) in accordance with the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP). The Province has confirmed that the CRD is responsible to implement secondary wastewater treatment in the Core Area.

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