Water continues to flow in Port Renfrew

CRD directors agree to continue water extension to town core

Continuing to provide piped water to Port Renfrew passed a major hurdle last week when the Capital Regional District reaffirmed a policy on water delivery to the community’s town core.

CRD directors agreed to continue the service, despite a legal opinion that interpreted any extensions in the Port Renfrew Comprehensive Community Development Plan Area as inconsistent with the 2003 Regional Growth Strategy, also known as RGS.

Ignoring the RGS could put the CRD in legal jeopardy, the lawyers wrote.

For years, the CRD recognized the existing water services in the Port Renfrew area, said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks.

“The residents of Port Renfrew after tremendous community debate agreed on a definite area.” Hicks said. “The land was zoned and stated very clearly that piped water would be considered throughout this area.”

The RGS came in conflict with the area’s official community plan which was adopted in 2004, but a blind eye was turned on the RGS limitations until a 20-unit subdivision sought a water extension.

To solve the problem, an amendment would have to be made in the 2016 RGS or by special resolution of the CRD board.

Victoria director Ben Isitt wanted more information on the legal ramifications.

“The RGS is a foundational document for the region and look at issues around infrastructure. Those decisions need to be made with a very full understanding of the potential implication for livability, ecological impacts and the overall limits to growth,” he said.

But for development to continue to in Port Renfrew, the community needs clarity, said Jack Julseth, with Three Point Properties, a major developer and employers in the area.

“We need a consistent water plan or consistent plan we can rely on,” he said.

Mike Conlin, former chair of the Port Renfrew OCP committee, said the committee envisioned water through the defined area.

“All the things the RGS is trying to achieve depends on water,” Hicks said.

“Port Renfrew sits on slate and rock. There’s no water. No development can occur without piped water in Port Renfrew.”

 

Just Posted

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Victoria seniors want to know more about marijuana

Four presentations on the medical properties of cannabis for seniors come to Victoria

Victoria gears up to axe free parking on Sundays

Council vote puts Sunday parking fees towards bus passes for youth

Head of Victoria homebuilders says provincial budget won’t solve housing crisis

Casey Edge of Victoria Residential Builders Association dismisses more modular housing as a band-aid

Black Press readers share photos of their favourite critters on #LoveYourPetDay

Greater Victoria is raining cats and dogs…and snails and goats

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

What is Democracy? takes another crack at Sooke

Awareness Film Night feature set for Feb. 28

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

Most Read