Capital Regional District directors appear to have come to a compromise on supplying water to the Juan de Fuca Electoral area

Pact reached on Juan de Fuca water

Under the revised draft Regional Growth Strategy, consent to expand water service only require OK by majority of board

Capital Regional District directors appear to have come to a compromise on supplying water to the Juan de Fuca Electoral area.

Currently, the unanimous consent of all 13 municipalities is needed to get any CRD water service in the Juan de Fuca.

Under the revised draft Regional Growth Strategy, unanimous consent would not be required.

“It’s a total win for the Juan de Fuca because we are gaining equality with the municipalities,” said Mike Hick’s, the area’s Capital Regional District director.

“Now the municipalities are under the same restrictions as the Juan de Fuca.”

The proposal, endorsed unanimously by the CRD board, allows the provision of water to anyone in the Juan de Fuca, regardless of where they live.

Some directors have worried that allowing city water to be piped outside the urban containment boundary into the unincorporated Juan de Fuca Electoral Area would be out of step with Regional Growth Strategy statements about urban containment and could lead to sprawl.

Both Hicks and Coun. Rick Kasper, who represents Sooke on the CRD, says that’s not likely.

“People still have to pay for water service and if a developer wants water service in an area then they’ll have to pay to thew direct cost of supplying the main line,” Kasper said.

Hicks said the current CRD policy is wrong and full of inequalities.

“Right now we run water past a farmer’s home to his field, yet we don’t allow him to hook up to the water system. It’s crazy.”

Also under the current policy, Hicks must get unanimous support from all CRD municipalities to extend water services. The new policy allows for only approval from the CRD board.

“This way I get the same equality on opportunity as all the municipalities. I now just have to make my case to the majority of the board, and I think that I can win and that’s the bottom line,” Hicks said.

The proposed water servicing agreement goes to the CRD regular board meeting today (July 13) for ratification.

The Regional Growth Strategy is a vision for the future of the capital region, guiding decisions on regional issues such as transportation, population growth and settlement patterns. The existing strategy is being updated as part of a five-year review process.

All affected local governments must agree to the document before the CRD board can adopt it as a bylaw.

Once the revised plan receives board approval, it will go to public hearing. There is no mandated completion date.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The long road to recovery will have a few bumps

Some things will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic, local experts say

Sooke council approves new funding for chamber of commerce

A $16,000 service agreement to be created

Sooke council delays vote on Whiffin Spit memorial wall

Sooke district council has again delayed a decision to erect a memorial… Continue reading

Peninsula farm stands open for business with COVID-19 restrictions

Growers hopeful shoppers will support local farms

Income tax deadline looming

2019 individual tax returns are due June 1, June 15 for self-employed individuals

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

COVID-19: B.C. too dependent on foreign food production workers

New B.C. job site links unemployed with farm, seafood work

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed U.S.-Canada border in Surrey

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

Most Read