Ministers meet with Victoria and Esquimalt Mayors
This morning, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps met with Environment Minister Mary Polak and the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbender.
Both ministers offered to help find a solution to local politicians, in the best interests of the region.
They say they’ll offer advice in the hopes of moving the process forward.
Helps says the province won’t impose a solution, but facilitate a solution, and province expertise and guidance.
In 2014, Esquimalt’s council blocked the building of a regional plant at McLoughlin Point.
They pointed to several days of public meetings where hundreds of residents opposed the idea.
But Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen says the savings from building a single plant McLoughlin are too large to ignore.
The site is owned by the CRD and zoned for a sewage treatment plant.
But Esquimalt’s Mayor Barb Desjardins says McLoughlin is not on the table for a regional treatment plant by the municipality as a potential location in the current process.
At last week’s meeting, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, who chairs the sewage committee, said going back to McLoughlin meant going to war.
And CRD directors again voted against including McLoughlin as a potential site for a stand-alone regional sewage treatment plant.
But the deadline for federal funding is March 31st.
Ottawa committed 120 million dollars from the Building Canada Fund, and another 50 million dollars from the Canada Green Fund.