Public Notice: Comox Valley Sewer Service Planning Update

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has re-launched public consultations related to the long-term planning for the Comox Valley Sewer Service.


The Comox Valley Sewer Service provides the regional collection and treatment for raw sewage (wastewater) from Comox, Courtenay and K’ómoks First Nation.

This system currently includes a sewer pipe located along Balmoral Beach (Willemar Bluffs) that is vulnerable to damage by waves, rocks and logs – and poses an environmental risk to the beaches and waters throughout Baynes Sound.

A long-term plan that will accommodate the community’s growth and enable this at-risk pipe to be relocated is required. Comox residents are invited to weigh in on the options being considered and the significant tax/cost implications and risks inherent to each.

Project Background

The long-term sewer service plan the CVRD is working on is called a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) and public input is key to its successful delivery. This stage of the process is looking at conveyance options – the pipes and pump stations that collect and move wastewater to the treatment plant.

A short list of these options has been approved by the CVRD’s Sewage Commission and is now under consideration. The CVRD launched public consultation on the shortlist in March 2020 but that was postponed due to COVID-19. The consultation plan has been revised to implement health and safety measures for public consultation during the pandemic.

How to Participate

Comox residents have additional reasons to pay attention to these options. Along with the other service members, Comox taxpayers will contribute to the cost of any upgrades. However, all potential routes will pass through downtown Comox which means an added burden of construction impacts for those moving through and living in this area.

On September 14, the CVRD relaunched consultation on the three shortlisted conveyance options for the location of new and upgraded pipes and pump stations. There are three ways for Comox residents to participate:

Complete the Online Survey: Visit www.connectcvrd.ca/lwmp to learn about the three options and complete the survey. The survey will be live from September 14 - October 12. Results from this survey will be summarized for the Sewage Commission as they consider which option to pursue.

Join a Lunch Hour Webinar: The project team will host an online info session on Zoom to explain the options and answer your questions before filling out the online survey. This session takes place on September 30, 12 pm – 1 pm and registration is required. Please visit www.connectcvrd.ca/lwmp for more info and to register.

Attend an In-Person Info Session: The CVRD will be hosting limited-size, in-person info sessions following COVID-19 safety protocols. Pre-registration is encouraged, please visit www.connectcvrd.ca/lwmp to reserve your spot or call 250-871-6271 for assistance.

October 1 - Comox, 12 pm – 2 pm, Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 7 - Comox, 12 pm – 2 pm, Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave

October 8 - Courtenay, 4 pm – 6 pm, CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave

Questions?

Thank you for your interest in this important topic. If you have any questions about the options, or about how to participate, please contact the CVRD at engineeringservices@comoxvalleyrd.ca or 250-334-6056.