The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is embarking on a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) for Courtenay and Comox and the public is invited to share their thoughts and feedback about the future of sewer services in those communities.
The LWMP process looks to develop a comprehensive plan for the future of wastewater for Courtenay and Comox including, conveyance (pipes and pump stations) and the treatment plant.
“Moving forward it is imperative that the CVRD selects and implements the best long-term solution for our sewer system, using a process that generates confidence from the community and other stakeholders” said Barbara Price, Chair of the Comox Valley Sewage Commission. “For this plan to reflect the community’s priorities, we need to hear what those priorities are. We hope people will find a way to get involved in the way that works best for them.”
The Sewage Commission has approved the Terms of Reference for a Technical Advisory Committee and a Public Advisory Committee that will support and provide recommendations to the Sewage Commission during the LWMP process. The Terms of Reference for these committees are available at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp. Recruitment advertising for public representation on the Public Advisory Committee will begin in the coming weeks and all interested applicants are encouraged to put their name forward.
Public engagement is a key piece of the planning process and there will be several opportunities for residents to have their opinions heard by attending public events or participating in online consultation opportunities.
Join the Public Advisory Committee: The CVRD is inviting expressions of interest from people who would like to join the Public Advisory Committee. There are approximately six spots available for members of the public living in Courtenay, Comox and the portions of Area B that are, or could be, effected by sewer infrastructure. Participants are expected to attend between five and ten committee meetings over an 18 month period. These will be held during normal business hours. Public Advisory Committee members will also be expected to participate in public events such as open houses. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp.
Attend a workshop: The first of a series of workshops will be held June 18 (lower Native Son’s Hall) and June 19 (Comox Golf Club) from 5-7 pm. These events will collect feedback about what is important to residents as decisions are made about future sewer infrastructure in our community.
Share your comments online: The CVRD’s new online engagement platform www.ConnectCVRD.ca includes a page specifically about sewer planning. Sign up and share your feedback. Follow along throughout the process as questions/discussions will progress along with the planning process.
All input collected will be forwarded to the Technical and Public Advisory Committees and the Sewage Commission for consideration.
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.
Kris La Rose
Senior Manager, Water and Wastewater Services