Victoria, BC – Today, the Eastside Select Committee, which includes the City of Victoria, the District of Oak Bay and the District of Saanich, presented a long list of potential wastewater treatment sites that are “technically feasible”. Each municipality has brought forward potential sites as part of a comprehensive public engagement process that will end with selection of a site or sites early this summer where a wastewater treatment plant or plants will be built.
Each member municipality in the Eastside Select Committee has provided sites that its staff, mayors and councils have determined to be, at a base level, technically feasible for wastewater treatment.
“Each municipality has shown leadership by bringing forward these sites,” said Lisa Helps, Chair of the Eastside Select Committee. “The decision around siting is an exciting opportunity for elected officials, technical folks and the public to work together so no one is making decisions in a bubble,” said Helps. “We’re revealing the technically feasible sites before we’ve made any decisions so the public can help us by bringing their values, criteria and desired outcomes into a meaningful conversation.”
All sites identified could technically house a wastewater treatment facility. Some of the sites are smaller and could host more compact distributed plants; others are large enough to hold a plant that could service the entire core area. The next step will be to review the locations and to use public priorities and emerging technical, social, economic and environmental considerations as filters to help narrow down the number of sites. These conversations will be held in public with the public so that decision-making can be done in a rational and transparent manner.
These sites will now go into a pool of potential options to be explored and examined through public dialogue and technical considerations.
Members of the public can roll up their sleeves at siting and technical charettes which will be taking place:
- Saturday, May 30 10am at University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons building, and
- Sunday, May 31 10am at Victoria Conference Centre.
These interactive sessions will offer a chance for the public to learn more and offer input into the site selection and technology selection process. Attached is a map which outlines the technically feasible sites identified by the municipalities. All municipally owned sites are specifically identified. Some sites are privately held or held by institutions which the CRD or municipalities have no control over. These sites are not individually identified but are represented within a general zone within which a number of sites are located.
More detailed information on these sites will be made available in the week of May 18th at www.crd.bc.ca/Eastside.
The Eastside Select Committee is an official sub-committee of the Capital Regional District. The participants (Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria) are working to identify solutions for wastewater treatment and resource recovery that meet the unique needs of the eastside in a proactive and timely way. The Eastside Select Committee will develop a plan for the eastside that, in combination with the plan from the Westside Select Committee, could form the basis for an amendment to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP).
For media inquiries, please contact:
Chair, East Side Select Committee