Lantzville District Hall shown above.

Lantzville District Hall shown above.

Lantzville councillors seek more information on development cost charges

NANAIMO – Detailed technical report to include additional areas in the district.

Discussion around updating the development cost charges bylaw resumed at the District of Lantzville’s  committee of the whole meeting last week.

Lantzville councillors were presented with an in-depth report and draft development cost charges bylaw technical report, which provided updated cost estimates, population growth estimates and calculates required charges in each category.

The report, which was prepared by Koers and Associates Engineering and district staff, is an updated version that council requested during a committee of the whole meeting in June.

The new report now includes a number of projects, such as the replacement of existing water main from the Aulds Road reservoir to Harby Road and a new water main extension from Phillips Road to the Superior Road and Northwind Drive intersection. Other projects mentioned included watermain extensions from Ware Road to Clark Drive and from Lantzville to Owen Road and Rosalyn Crescent.

Councillors were generally pleased with the report, however there were a number of questions and some concern about the lack of information pertaining to which areas of Lantzville would be paying for water connections Coun. Denise Haime said she felt the report had some inconsistencies with respect to which area would be paying for water and which would be receiving water, adding that she felt existing residents would shoulder the financial burden.

“We really need to look at this because I think there is an unfair treatment in the community,” she said. “It appears that we are asking existing residents to cover the costs for another area to benefit.”In the end the committee voted in favour to have the draft DCC bylaw report to include areas such as Blackjack and Alger roads.