Will you be adjusting your hoped-for timelines, given the COVID-19 crisis?
Hello greendog – as you can
imagine this is a difficult and unprecedented time in our community’s history.
The CVRD’s operations are being adjusted daily to respond to the COVID-19
crisis. The good news is that our online survey is underway and we are
continuing to advertise and encourage residents to participate using our online
tool. We will be assessing our timelines in the coming weeks and will share
updates as information becomes available.
Where can one access the meeting Notes/Minutes of the PAC, the TAC and the joint PAC/TAC meetings?
Hello greendog – to
access agendas and minutes, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/lwmp.
They are listed below “Public Advisory Committee Meetings”, when you open up
the drop down menu.
Who designed your Survey?
Hello greendog - The survey was developed by the project team, including engineering and communications.
Will Royston be included as we are now part of Courtenay?
Hello Janet – This consultation focuses on properties serviced by
the Comox Valley Sewerage Service including those in the Town of Comox, City of
Courtenay and the K’omoks First Nation. Royston is outside of these boundaries. There is ongoing review
regarding the future of wastewater service for the Royston/Union Bay area, and
we will continue to keep the community informed about any updates as they are
As an area B resident that is not served by a CVRD sewer system, am I going to be paying for any of this?
Hello TCH – the sewer
service is paid for by its users, and Area B is not currently a participant in
I actually Have two questions. 1. Will the residents of Lazo Road finally be connected to the sewer system? 2. With all the planned construction along Lazo road will the city put a bike path in? I have lived here 4 years and there has only been a handful of days that I have not seen bikes and/or walkers on the road. This is especially dangerous on the hill going up to Knight road/Kye Bay.
Hello Albert – there are no
current plans to connect properties along Lazo Road to the sewer system.
Planning for the proposed infrastructure upgrades is not far enough along to
consider a bike lane, but your comment will be shared with the project team for
Please email links to:
1. The Short List> "Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved in reviewing the short list of options."
2. The Long List and the Short list costs for each option?
Hello Lifeforce. The sewage commission will consider the
short list of options in the next few months. When the short list is approved
the CVRD will consult with the community to collect feedback on the options.
Links to the information you’ve requested will be shared here, but aren’t yet
available. A high level cost estimate will be included when the shortlist is
What does the CVRD consider to be "the next stage" of the LWMP process? When does the CVRD anticipate such progress beginning? According to the original schedule, was not all of the engineering work for Stages 1 and 2 to have been completed by now? When can the public expect the release of the short list of conveyance options?
Hello greendog – As
laid out in the timeline (or ‘lifecycle’) of this page, we are currently in the
process of narrowing down a long list to a short list. A short list will be
considered along with the input from the public and technical advisory committees
and K’ómoks First Nation by the sewage commission likely in the first quarter
of this year. Once the short list is approved, we will proceed with another
opportunity for public engagement, asking the community for their comments and
thoughts on the shortlist as we work toward a preferred option.
Hello, CVRD -
What is IR1?
What are the dates of the consultation meetings that have occurred to date with KFN?
Hello again greendog. IR1 is the reference for the main parcel
of KFN’s reserve lands along Comox Road. The CVRD has ongoing, regular meetings
with KFN representatives, in the same capacity that we do with other levels of
government concerning matters of joint interest. We ask for your patience as we
prepare for the next stage of the LWMP process in the new year.
Please explain the difference between the way First Nations are consulted and the way the non-First Nations public are consulted. Why are the consultations being held separately? What is the weighting applicable to the input from both groups. Will the First Nations consultations be reflected in reports uploaded to the CVRD's website, akin to what has been done to date with regard the PAC/TAC Meeting Minutes?
Hello greendog - Engagement with the K’ómoks First Nation is a
government-to-government consultation, and is a process separate from the
consultation with stakeholder groups. As most of the conveyance options being
examined require infrastructure to be installed through KFN land on IR1,
understanding KFN’s concerns and requirements is critical to obtain permission
to construct a pipe through this area. A summary of these discussions will be
included in planning reports moving forward.
When is the public going to be made privy to the current status of this process?
Thanks for your interest in the LWMP process. The current status as posted remains the same – the long list is in review. We are currently consulting with our First Nations partners regarding the long list of options and their feedback will inform the PAC/TAC’s review and ultimately the sewage commission’s decision. We have another meeting scheduled with our Technical and Public Advisory Committees next month and expect to be back before the public with an update/next steps in the new year.
Who will pay for the new sewer upgrades. As a resident of area C and not able to hook up to the system do my tax dollars help pay for this work?
Hello Jeff - Only Comox and Courtenay
residents pay for the Comox Valley sewer system. Area C residents pay only the user fees to dispose
of liquid waste from their septic systems at the treatment plant. Let us know if you have any other questions,
When will Knight road be hooked up to sewer?
There are currently no plans to extend the Comox
Valley sewerage service into this area. Do you live in this area? Is this
something you would like to see?
I live at Cape Lazo where the pipes will extend. I swim there all summer. How can you insure of the quality of the water will continue to be safe with additional sewage . To what levels will water be treated?
I do support sewage treatment and believe it is time to include parts of electoral Area B in treatment plans
Hello Denise The outfall pipe from the wastewater treatment plant
currently extends 3 km off of Cape Lazo, discharging water at a depth of 60m.
Wastewater moves through four steps of treatment at our plant and meets (exceeds) provincial regulations. There are
robust monitoring programs in place by the CVRD, and provincial government
monitoring ensures that the CVRD’s license requirements are being met and the
water being released will not cause harm to the environment (and the people in
it). Part of this planning process now underway will be considering how this
treatment plant will continue to be effective as the community grows. Watch for
updates here, or please feel free to attend one of our sessions to learn more!
Will the forum include discussions on sewer for area B?
Hello. These sessions are focused on the current sewer service area of Courtenay and Comox. Do you live in Area B? Is sewer service something you'd like to see there?
Will there be handouts at the early November information services? If so, will they be made available in some fashion to those who are unable to attend either day?
Yes, we'll have information displays about the sewer service and liquid waste management plan along with some handouts for people to take home. We'll make sure to post them here too so everyone can see.
Where is the outflow pipe located and how far does it extend into the ocean?
outfall from the treatment plant extends three kilometres into Cape Lazo,
releasing treated, clean water at a depth of 60m.
Does this process apply to only C/C or does it involve a LWMP for all areas? I am from Union Bay...I would like info on the plan for our area
particular planning process is specifically for the Courtenay/Comox service
area. The LWMP for the south region was started in 2016 but put on hold when a
referendum on the proposed solution did not pass. The CVRD is planning to restart
that planning process. Watch ConnectCVRD for more!
What are the most significant barriers to the SSSP? I thought the study's have been done and funding is there. Why is Royton not getting the services they should?
there – the most immediate barrier to the south sewer project was the
referendum held in June 2016 which did not receive support from property owners
and residents in the proposed service area . This meant the funds needed to
supplement the available grant funding for the system’s construction could not
be borrowed by the CVRD. As a result, the deadlines for the grant funds could
not be met, and the project was put on hold. However, Directors with the sewage
commission recently agreed to consider receiving wastewater from this area and
the CVRD is planning to restart the south region liquid waste management
planning process for the area - we'll share more information out timing as it becomes available.
What are the plans for connecting to the sewer system for tartan rd?
There are currently no
plans to extend sewer service in this area. Do
you live in this area? Is this something you would like to see? Feel free to post to the discussion forum too!
Earlier I asked if the project was going to hook up the residences on Lazo road to the sewer system being upgraded and was told there were no plans to do that. I was not here when the system was first installed to hook Kye Bay up to the Comox Sewer System but it is my understanding that the Lazo residences were bypassed at that time. I am somewhat concerned and confused that the plan is to dig up my property (again) to upgrade a sewer system that the city has no intention of hooking me up to. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If the "hookup fittings" (I'm not sure what the actual name is) are not installed while the new pipe is being laid it will raise the cost of ever hooking up exponentially. Even more important, how does it make sense to dig up my property and NOT hook it up to the system?? I know for a fact that I'm paying Comox city taxes; can I please get the benefits that should come with the added expense?
Hello Albert. Thanks for the question - there are currently no plans as part of the three shortlisted options for construction along Lazo Road. If you have questions about your specific property, please email our Engineering Services team (available by clicking here: CONTACT FORM) or call 250-334-6000.