Viewfield Road sewage site axed

CRD directors abandon the possibility of a sewage sludge plant in Esquimalt’s industrial park

  • Jul. 3, 2013 6:00 a.m.

As a result of overwhelming public opposition, Capital Regional District directors have unanimously abandoned the possibility of a sewage sludge plant in Esquimalt’s industrial park.

The CRD purchased the 1.5-hectare Viewfield Road property for $17 million in March, prior to public consultation, as a possible location for the region’s biosolids energy plant. The CRD will now likely sell the property at a loss.

Businesses and residents in Esquimalt and Victoria West opposed the idea from the beginning, but the directors bowed to public pressure Wednesday after CRD staff held several open houses to gather formal feedback from residents. A majority of respondents rejected the plan.

The CRD will now revert to its original plan to use Hartland for the biosolids facility, while a wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point awaits a zoning decision from the Township of Esquimalt.

The CRD’s secondary sewage treatment project was announced in July 2012 at a cost of $783 million, split between the three levels of government. The price tag does not include the $17 million for the Viewfield site nor for associated staff time.

 

 

Just Posted

VicPD investigates stabbing near Selkirk Montessori school

Victim in potentially life-threatening condition

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

Fire crews called to home near Beacon Park

Victoria police and fire departments are on scene in the 900 block… Continue reading

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

Horvat paces Canucks to 6-1 pre-season win over Oilers

Vancouver improves to 3-1 in NHL exhibition action

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

Island contestant competes on Great Canadian Baking Show

Andrea Nauta auditioned for the show before but was lucky second time around

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

Most Read