A fellow landowner who keeps track of the antics sent me this blast from the past.
And I offer this from the same time period.
It’s always been about the water. Do you want to gamble with our water source based on this? “Just do the math” Who do you trust?
Langley Lake capacity questioned
BY COMOX VALLEY ECHOAUGUST 25, 2009
Questions about the drinking water capacity of Langley Lake in Union Bay are being asked by the rural regional district director for the area, Bruce Jolliffe.
Today (Tuesday) he plans to raise the issue at a full board meeting, suggesting an independent consultant should be brought in if needed to help staff determine the capacity.
He wants staff also work with Union Bay Improvement District – which holds the water licence for the reservoir – and Brian McMahon of Kensington Island properties “to determine whether Langley Lake can provide adequate, potable water for the KIP development proposal.”
But the initiative has come as both a surprise and irritant to the chair of Union Bay Improvement District’s trustees, XXXXX XXXXXXXl, who insists there is no question about the lake’s capacity.
“The storage capacity of the lake is 690,000 cubic metres,” he told the Echo. “What more is there to study?
And as far as the ability to supply the KIP development is concerned, he said people “should just do the math.”
“It’s simple,” he contended. “We have 640 connections (properties drawing on the supply) and they use an average of 230 cubic metres a year. 640 multiplied by 230 is 147,200.
“That leaves 542,800 cubic metres available, and based on the current average use, that’s enough for up to 2,360 new connections without any change to the lake’s capacity.”
XXXXXX said the Kensington plan envisaged 1,690 homes built over perhaps 25 years, and only around 100 in the first phase.
The development company had already talked about irrigating the proposed golf course and other landscaping without drawing on potable water, so he was at a loss to know what the real issue was.
Even with ‘density bonusing’ and other changes to the plan potentially increasing the number of properties, that was over a very long timeframe during which the whole water supply to the Comox Valley might be organized on a different basis.
In the meantime, and for many years hence, he could see no problem with UBID satisfying demand as the development proceeded phase-by-phase.
UBID administrator XXXXXXXXXXX suggested that during consideration of a rezoning application, the supply of water should not be an issue.
It should more properly be raised as each development permit or subdivision was considered, she contended.
It was at those points that UBID, as water licence holder, would advise the planning authority whether sufficient water was available to allow a particular phase of the development to progress.
XXXXX also drew attention to a series of past professional studies into Langley Lake and said the capacity and supply issues had been studied in depth over recent years.
However, one of those reports – prepared four years ago in connection with the KIP development – suggested there would likely be sufficient water for only seven to ten years into the Kensington build-out, and suggested ways in which capacity could be boosted at Langley Lake to cater for additional phases.
Jolliffe said his request for a new study was not questioning work that had been done before.
But he wanted independently verifiable information to be available online so the public could read and digest it and assess the implications for themselves.
“We all know water is a big issue and we don’t want any ambiguity,” he told the Echo on the eve of the board meeting.
“I am getting a lot of questions from people in Union Bay. All I am seeking is clarity and transparency.”
XXXXXXXX said he planned to post the figures he had online on the UBID website at http://www.union-bay.ca
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