CVRD Moves Forward with Roadside Collection Referendum

A referendum date has been approved by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board for Saturday, November 16th, 2013 to determine whether the community supports and wishes to proceed with a proposed roadside garbage and recycling pick-up service for electoral areas A, B and C (excluding Denman Island, Hornby Island, the Royston collection area and the Mount Washington resort community).

Late last year, the directors for electoral areas A, B and C asked to explore this initiative, as it appeared that public interest might be growing for roadside collection of garbage and recycling. Seventy-five per cent of the rural area respondents to the CVRD 2013 resident survey supported such a program.

If the referendum passes, all residential properties within the service area would receive the service, except for apartment buildings with more than four units and mobile home parks. The proposed service would include weekly pick-up of garbage (up to one 80L can) and recycling (unlimited quantities). The initial service contract with BFI Canada would be for a period of three years at a cost of approximately $150 per household, per year. If approved, service would commence in September, 2014 once the bylaw is formally established and approved as part of the annual financial plan.

Residents and/or property owners are invited to learn more about this proposed service at an open house in the CVRD boardroom (located at 550B Comox Road in Courtenay) on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 - 8 p.m.  This is an opportunity to gather information and ask questions so that you’re prepared to vote at the upcoming referendum.

Residents who are eligible to vote and have resided or owned property in the proposed service area for at least 30 days prior to voting are strongly encouraged to participate in the referendum. For more details, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/vote.

Advance Voting in the CVRD boardroom located at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting Day
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  1. CVRD Boardroom – 550B Comox Road, Courtenay
  2. Living Waters Church – 222 Regent Road, Black Creek
  3. North Island Distance School – 2505 Smith Road,      Courtenay
  4. Union Bay Community Hall – 5401 Island Hwy South,      Union Bay
  5. Fanny Bay OAP Hall – 418 Ships Point Road, Fanny Bay

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

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Media contact:         
James Warren, Corporate Legislative Officer
Comox Valley Regional District\
Tel: 250-334-6007