The Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre treats sewage (wastewater) from businesses and residences in Comox and Courtenay. Photo courtesy of the CVRD

Group proposes agreement to build trust with Comox Valley Regional District

The Curtis Road Residents Association (CRRA) has proposed a Good Neighbour Agreement between Electoral Area B and the Comox Valley Regional District sewage commission. The agreement sets out expectations pertaining to the sewage treatment plant in terms of odour level, noise and light pollution.

“The agreement would help build some trust, which is still sorely lacking,” association member Jenny Steel said in a Sept. 17 presentation to the commission. She noted that an Unsightly Premises Bylaw requires property owners to not foul or contaminate the air of neighbours.

“We believe implementation of this standard would avoid legal action under nuisance tort law.”

Sewage commission chair David Frisch said the proposal will be taken under advisement.

“We do find it a slap in the face and undemocratic that other small constituencies (namely the Department of National Defence and K’ómoks First Nation) appear to be welcomed without hesitation to permanent membership on the sewage commission,” Steel said after the meeting. “Meanwhile, Comox commissioners treat Area B, the host community for a huge part of sewer service infrastructure, as a pariah.”

The sewage commission consists of three representatives each from Comox and Courtenay, and one from CFB Comox. It does not have representation from Lazo North, even though the treatment plant is located on Brent Road in Area B. The CRRA has requested a bylaw amendment to add the Area B director as a voting member of the commission. The group’s main concerns are bioreactor odour controls, and an equalization basin planned for a buffer zone between properties and the Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre.

“The bio-reactors stink and need to be covered soon, or the CVRD will find themselves not only with a myriad of bylaw complaints but also back in front of the courts,” Steel said.

The sewage treatment plant treats wastewater from Courtenay and Comox. The CVRD began to receive odour complaints shortly after the facility was built in 1984. The following year, the Curtis Road residents committee filed legal action, which was resolved out-of-court in 1992. Along with compensating residents, the CVRD relocated the composting facility, and installed additional treatments to capture and treat the most odorous gases from equipment. By 1997, a scrubber system had been installed for $2 million. In 2002, a new composting facility worth $5 million was constructed at the waste management centre.

Just Posted

Kingfisher Resort unveils spectacular winter light display

A must this winter season is the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa’s… Continue reading

Nearly 200 people participate in annual Jingle Bell Run at Seal Bay Park

The Comox Valley Road Runners held their annual Jingle Bell Charity Fun… Continue reading

Opening day delayed at Mount Washington

Dec. 6 was set as opening day but will now be delayed due to lack of snow.

Vandalism at three schools in Comox Valley over weekend

School district estimates cost of damage to be about $2,000

Coroners service investigating following death of 19 Wing Comox firefighter

19 Wing noted William Vant Erve passed away from an accident while climbing on Vancouver Island.

VIDEO: Rockslide closes Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Trustees ask for more help after tearful meeting on B.C. school’s ‘toxic’ stench

Enforcement has ‘no teeth,’ school trustee says, while kids become sick

One of B.C’s last surviving strip clubs baring all again for Christmas charity

25th annual event is Sunday and raises money for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

University of Victoria researchers develop industry-changing ‘hyper-glue’

‘Cross-linking’ technology already playing a role in performance body armour

Threats to the Fraser River at ‘new zenith,’ says river conservationist

The ‘Heart of the Fraser’ should be deemed ecologically significant according to ORC statement

Grandparents raising children: Shuswap grandma sees need for support

Peer group formed for those who have unexpectedly taken on the role of parenting

Final appeal rejected for man convicted in deaths of missing Alberta seniors

Lyle and Marie McCann were in their 70s when they left their home in St. Albert in 2010 and vanished

Thieving gun-toting Santa breaks into Princeton restaurant, makes icing sugar sandwich

The suspect allegedly made a sandwich of icing sugar and ham

Most Read