The regional district board expects to receive a report in March about a possible referendum for the Area A south sewer project.
A referendum will only be recommended if PPP Canada — a federal Crown corporation — gives the go-ahead to proceed with a business case based on the revised scope, noted Kris La Rose, manager of liquid waste planning. Their decision is expected this week.
If PPP Canada does not support the revised scope, the CVRD won’t be recommending a referendum and will revisit the Liquid Waste Management Planning (LWMP) process.
The project includes construction of a centralized wastewater collection system and water resource recovery facility in the south region of the district. Federal grants, including money from the CVRD’s annual gas tax fund allocation, will cover $17 million of the costs. Funds need to be spent by September 2018.
Last year, Cumberland council decided to opt out of the multi-million dollar project.