CRD BRIEFS: Region’s water of ‘excellent quality:’ report

Board tackles questions about regional-growth strategy

The Capital Regional District is of “excellent quality and safe to drink,” according to a new study.

The CRD’s annual report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality gives an overview of water quality samples taken from regional drinking water reservoirs and the water supply system.

This year CRD staff collect approximately 6,500 samples, and conducted more than 28,000 individual analyses.

The full report is available online at crd.bc.ca.

BOARD APPROVES NON-BINDING MEDIATION

The Capital Regional District board approved a non-binding mediation process for the regional-growth strategy last Wednesday.

The regional-growth strategy is a provincially mandated master plan designed to chart the region’s growth.

Mediation is required to resolve disputes within the regional-growth strategy related to growth management, water servicing and mapping after seven municipalities did not accept the recommendations earlier this year.

The seven municipalities who did not accept the strategy – Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, North Saanich, Saanich and View Royal – have also approved the mediation process.

Participation in mediation is voluntary for municipalities who accepted the regional-growth strategy. Metchosin, Sooke and Victoria, municipalities who accepted the RGS, will participate.

Mediation is being undertaken in accordance with dispute resolution provisions in provincial legislation and is expected to conclude in the fall.

CRD RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT

The Capital Regional District released its annual report last week.

The report outlines progress made on strategic priorities and delivery of services. It also highlights the activities of the CRD’s other corporate entities, the Capital Regional Hospital District and Capital Region Housing Corporation, and the many CRD-appointed commissions.

CRD board chair Barbara Desjardins called 2016 “a milestone year.”

The full report is available online at crd.bc.ca.