FILIPPO FERRI: ‘The citizens of Esquimalt, who are now required to host the only sewage treatment plant for the region, were not consulted’

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON MCLOUGHLIN POINT?

NOT IN ESQUIMALT, SAYS FELIPPO FERRI,

ESQUIMALT LETTER-WRITER

 

In the past several weeks the Capital Regional District has presented a sewage treatment plan for the region that is new and has not been vetted through public consultation.

The citizens of Esquimalt, who are now required to host the only sewage treatment plant for the region, were not consulted prior to the decision being made.

The Environmental Management Act, Part 3, Section 27 (1) requires that the CRD “must provide for a process for comprehensive review and consultation with the public respecting all aspects of the development, amendment and final content of a waste management plan.”

The community of Esquimalt voiced significant concerns with public consultation in May 2009 in an 11-page letter to the CRD.

Since receiving this letter, the CRD held only a single general open-house meeting in Esquimalt on Oct. 19, 2009, lasting five hours.

That’s it.

The CRD’s actions show blatant disregard for meaningful public input, and demonstrate the CRD has circumvented provincial legislation to meets its poorly planned goals.

How can the province approve a plan from the CRD that clearly goes around its own legislation?

 

Filippo Ferri

Esquimalt

 

CCC BLOG  reprint:

Public consultation?  Not in Esquimalt

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Page A15

 

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