Comox Valley Sewer Service Liquid Waste Management Plan
Ensuring our sewer system meets the needs and goals of the community is a critical part of the Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) services. To plan for the future, the CVRD has elected to use a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) process to identify the improvements required for the sewer system in Courtenay and Comox and engage the public in the creation of a future vision for the sewer service in these communities.
We will be consulting with the community online throughout this process. To participate and have your voice heard, visit us at www.connectcvrd.ca/lwmp or click the button below.
Current Public Consultation Opportunities
What's Happening Now?
We have asked the community to review the draft goals and objectives for our long term plan and we have taken your feedback to our Public and Technical Advisory Committees. The committees are now working to finalize their recommendations, which will be presented to the Sewage Commission on January 17. This stage is important because these goals will be used to evaluate all of the infrastructure options that will be considered in this long term plan for our sewer system.
The committee will bring a long list of options for our sewer service to the community for review. This will include options for conveyance of wastewater (pipes and pump stations), treatment of wastewater at our treatment plant and resource recovery (re-using of treated effluent). We will ask you to let us know if we are missing any options that should be reviewed by our technical consultants. Residents will have the opportunity to respond to an online survey from January 30 through February 5.
Considering our sewer service options: Review of the Long List
January 30, 2019
5:00 pm -7:00 pm
K'omoks First Nation Community Hall (located behind I-Hos Gallery, across the street from the Band Office)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rotary Hall, downstairs in the Florence Filberg Centre (411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay)
Public Advisory Committee
In September 2018, eight residents were appointed to the Public Advisory Committee to represent their communities in the development of a Liquid Waste Management Plan for Courtenay and Comox:
- Sheila Carey (Courtenay)
- Kevin Niemi (Courtenay)
- Tamera Servizi (Courtenay)
- Ray Craig (Comox)
- Donald Jacquest (Comox)
- Kevan Van Velzen (Comox)
- Marie Holm (Area B)
- Mary Lang (Area B)
These representatives from Comox, Courtenay and Area B, play an essential role in considering community goals and public opinion/feedback throughout the planning process.
Public Advisory Committee members will:
- Consider community goals as represented by major planning documents (Offical Community Plans, Sustainability Plans, etc).
- Consider public opinion and feedback on behalf of the Steering Committee.
- Provide feedback on documents provided by the CVRD Project Staff and/or the Consultant.
- Provide input and recommendations to the Steering Committee on matters pertaining to the planning process.
For more information about the role of the committee, please see the Terms of Reference
To get in touch with a Public Advisory Committee member in your area:
Public Advisory Committee Meetings
The Public Advisory Committee will be meeting regularly throughout the liquid waste management process. Click the menu below to view meeting minutes, presentations and related documents.
- November 13, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.1 - Agenda
- November 13, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.1 - Minutes
- November 23, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.2 - Agenda
- November 23, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.2 - Minutes
- December 11, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.3 - Agenda
- December 11, 2018 LWMP Joint TACPAC Meeting No.3 - Minutes
The liquid waste management plan process is used by local governments in BC to develop strategies for managing sewer services. It includes the collection/review of existing information, development of options for future services, identification of a preferred option, completion of required studies and assessments and development of financial and implementation plans. The plan is ultimately submitted to the provincial government for review and consideration for approval.
Public engagement is key to the planning process. Public input will be collected online and through public events, which will be posted on this page. Residents of Courtenay and Comox are encouraged to weigh in with feedback, to help the CVRD develop a plan that works best for the community.
As the CVRD staff get ready to start the management planning process, there's groundwork to be laid. This includes our first public consultation in June and recruiting for the public and technical advisory committees (details to come soon). Please visit Connect CVRD to see a detailed outline of the Liquid Waste Management Planning Process.
We want your help to plan the future sewer service in the CVRD. There are two key ways to be involved, and lots of tools to use:
- Public Advisory Committee: The advisory committee, which is open for nominations now, will meet formally to review materials, work through proposed plans and ultimately recommend a route forward. Read the Terms of Reference to learn more.
- Public Comment/Engagement: The CVRD team will be actively engaging with the public for feedback at key steps in the planning process using tools such as facilitated feedback sessions, open houses and online consultation. Watch for more info to come.
In October 2017, the Comox No. 2 Pump Station project, as it was proposed on Beech Street, was put on hold to allow for further review of alternative options. Key feedback from the community was that the Comox No. 2 conversation should be part of a broader planning process that looked at sewer management regionally. The plans for rerouting the at-risk pipe along Balmoral Beach (Willemar Bluffs) will now be a part of this liquid waste management planning process.
Visit background material on the Comox No. 2 Pump Station project.