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LOWER FINTRY DELTA WATER SYSTEM INFO

IN THE REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN

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LAST UPDATE January 25, 2015

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Did you know that these water system initiatives are funded through RDCO reserves and by the Canadian Gas Tax Fund (GTF)

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Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw No. 1268, 2009 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1108

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DID YOU KNOW?

When petitioning down at Lower Fintry someone told us that you can get free reverse osmosis water at the Shorts Creek Firehall and that someone is suppose to be at the Firehall so that you can get this water.  We don't know how true all of this is, as we did not confirm it with the Firehall.  If you are interested, you may just want to call the Firehall first to find out.

Fire Chief Wayne Carson

 

Killiney Beach Firehall - 514 Udell Road - Phone: 250-545-1195
Shorts Creek Firehall - 7337 Westside Road - Phone: 250-545-9148
Fire Chief Wayne Cell: 250-558-9293

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This was a handout about sprinkling restrictions that RDCO had at the North Westside Road BC
Killiney Beach Hall on April 14, 2010

Regional District of Central Okanagan sprinkling restrictions
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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meetings are not usually available until after being adopted at the following meeting.  If the minutes are not published here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are published there yet.

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

SILGA Resolution

The Regional Board has agreed to co-sponsor a resolution with the Regional District of North Okanagan to the Southern Interior Local Government Association annual conference. The resolution asks the Union of BC Municipalities to lobby the province to amend the Community Charter requirements requiring elector assent before proceeding with necessary water works projects if the projects have been previously approved by the Inspector of Municipalities through a Master Water Management Plan.

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon There was nothing mentioned in the Agenda about SILGA Resolution in regards to removing Electoral Approval for Water System Improvements

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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The SILGA resolutions committee has not yet reviewed any resolutions for recommendation. We will be undertaking this task Feb. 27th. Thank you for your input.
Tim Pennell
SILGA 2nd Vice President
SILGA Resolutions Chair

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Utility Acquisition Policy Adopted

The Regional Board has adopted a policy that will guide future acquisition of utilities by the Regional District. The goal of the policy is to standardize the process by which the Regional District will consider taking ownership of any utilities, such as private water or waste-water treatment systems and ensures that all due diligence is done on behalf of both utility customers and regional district ratepayers.

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Utility Acquisition Policy.pdf

From page 25

Policy 4.8 - Payment for Utilities

The RDCO will pay no more than a consideration of $1.00 Canadian for the acquisition of any water or sanitary sewer utility.

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.pdf icon November 28, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7.1 Utility Acquisition Policy Adoption (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

The Regional Board at its November 10th regular meeting deferred consideration of the Utility Acquisition Policy to allow an opportunity for the Board to review the District's legal opinion on the Policy. The legal opinion was circulated for the Board's review.

FINDLATER/HODGE
THAT the legal opinion on the utility acquisition policy be received.

CARRIED

Concern was expressed regarding the possibility of a catastrophic event (ie: Walkerton, Ontario) occurring and whether the RDCO would be liable. What if insurance doesn't cover this type of event? Staff noted that provincial water standards would be met and the RDCO is very proactive how water utilities are operated. Letters Patent would cover any liability to the local service area.

Failures and costs associated with the utility remain the cost to specific users.

Staff reviewed how the feasibility fund functions. The electoral area feasibility fund would be used to cover any acquisition studies undertaken. Under legislation feasibility costs are recovered from the local service area if the acquisition proceeds; if the acquisition does not proceed, these funds would not be recovered. Municipalities would not contribute to a study in an electoral area. It was further noted that the RDCO would be in a position to receive provincial funding for the water systems whereas local operators cannot.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Utility Acquisition Policy be adopted.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Ophus)

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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June 2010 Lower Fintry Water System Presentation

The Fintry Utility serves 83 customers of which 33 are year round and 50 are seasonal
found on page 7
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# of parcels in the service area 106
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The Service Area = 109 Taxable Parcels

Includes:
• vacant parcels
• parcels connected to Fintry Water System

Does NOT include:

• Properties NOT connected to Fintry Water System
• Government owned parcels
• Non-residential parcels
found on page 12

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Please note:

1. The Proposed Service Area does NOT include parcels that:

• Have an alternate water service and voted No.

Should any of these parcels apply to join the service area in the future, they would be subject to the same cost as everyone else, but would not have the option to pay out over 20 years on their taxes.
found on page 11

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The estimated capital costs per the Feasibility Study is $10,710 per Parcel. However, with the opportunity in 2011 to connect to the NEW water system the more reasonable estimate is $5,655 per Parcel.
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1. Upgrade Distribution System $55,000
2. Replace Fire Hydrants, + 2 $33,600
3. Install Residential Meters $41,500
4. Connect to New Water System $486,301
Total $616,401
Divided by Number of Properties 109
Total per Property $5655
found on page 15

THE WATER METERS COST ALMOST AS MUCH AS UPGRADING THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM???

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1a Utility Acquisition Policy.pdf

page 18

Policy 4.8 - Payment for Utilities
The RDCO will pay no more than a consideration of $1.00 Canadian for the acquisition of any water or sanitary sewer utility.

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9. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of November 10, 2011

a) Approval of Utility Acquisition Policy (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive the Utility Acquisition Policy;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board defer the Utility Acquisition Policy until the Board reviews the RDCO legal opinion.

CARRIED

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Oct 3, 2011 email from Delphine Maja RDCO Engineering Tech:

Regarding the Lower Fintry water system.

The old asbestos cement pipes in the distribution system were installed in the late 60’s, they’re approximately 45yrs old, and have a known life span of approximately 60 yrs.

The water pipes on Fintry-Delta Road and Shorts Road are 6” ID, but on Morden Road they’re only 4” ID, whereas a minimum size of pipe to service more than 3 homes is 6” – Morden Road pipes should be upgraded now.

The subdivision has 6 existing hydrants, each with a 4” lead. Upon review, we found that today’s requirements for fire protection is 8 hydrants, each with 6” leads.

Lower Fintry’s transmission mains, to and from the reservoir, were upgraded in the early 80’s to HD pipe – steel, and have a life span of at least 80 yrs, and are the only part of the Lower Fintry water system that have any value left.

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September 29, 2011 email from Delphine Maja RDCO Engineering Tech:

I calculated the additional cost to the project to install all brand new pipes in the Fintry Delta this year in conjunction with the new water project, and I shared my calculations with the Fintry Delta Utility.... $380,000!

Half the cost of construction is admin and mobilizing and de-mobilizing equipment.

The contract we signed with Peter’s Bros is a Unit Cost contract meaning I can add to the project by quantity and I don’t pay extra for those first three portions.

By not putting in the pipes this year, or, creating a project on it’s own these other costs would then apply, and typically you can estimate them at 30%. Then, if inflation occurs... the costs just keep going up.

My first sewer job in 1993 it cost $60 a meter to supply and install 150mm sewer pipe. Today, it’s over $250 per meter, that’s inflation!

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Negotiations have been completed with regards to the feasibility of RDCO acquiring the Lower Fintry Water System. RDCO will not be taking this system over at this time. Utility Acquisition Policy draft report was presented to the Governance & Services Committee June 2011.

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

CARRIED

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September 2011 Letter from Lower Fintry water utility in regards to acquisition of the Lower Fintry Water Utility by RDCO

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September 2011 Letter from Lower Fintry water utility in regards to acquisition of the Lower Fintry Water Utility by RDCO pg1

September 2011 Letter from Lower Fintry water utility in regards to acquisition of the Lower Fintry Water Utility by RDCO pg 2

September 2011 Letter from Lower Fintry water utility in regards to acquisition of the Lower Fintry Water Utility by RDCO pg 3

September 2011 Letter from Lower Fintry water utility in regards to acquisition of the Lower Fintry Water Utility by RDCO pg 4

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The Regional District has put off acquiring private water systems until the Draft Utility Acquisition Policy is adopted.

As for the Lower Fintry Water System, the existing private water utility does not want to sell the existing Lower Fintry water system infrastructure for $1.00 to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and the Regional District does not want to purchase the Lower Fintry water system infrastructure for any more than $1.00 from what we understand.

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Draft Utility Acquisition Policy designed by Urban System for RDCO

We attended the Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services committee meeting June 9, 2011.  We heard the Regional Board tell Urban Systems that the Board does not wish to negotiate under any circumstance, and pay anymore than $1.00 to take over a water system utility.  Payment to purchase a water utility for other than $1.00 will be removed from the Draft Utility Acquisition Policy designed by Urban System for RDCO.

.pdf icon June 9, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Utility Acquisition Policy.pdf

*Note* This is only a snippett of the 39 pages, please click link above for the entire contents.

Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: June 9, 2011

Governance & Services Committee Report

TO: Governance & Services Committee
FROM: Environmental Services Department
DATE: June 9, 2011
SUBJECT: utility Acquisition Policy (Draft)

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this report is to provide and present the Utility Acquisition Policy (Draft) to the Governance and Services Committee, for their information and consideration.
(Document Attached).

BACKGROUND:
Prior to considering any utility acquisition, the utility system should be evaluated to determine the system's assets, liabilities, extent of system upgrades required (if any), and the financial impact that the participating property owners would be accountable for.

The goal of the proposed policy is to standardize the acquisition process. a roadmap providing directions and milestones required to make the assessment and complete the transfer of ownership.

In April 2011, Urban Systems ltd (USL) was set to task; to create such a policy.

Representatives from the Urban Systems ltd. will present a summary of the policy to the Governance and Services Committee.

This is for the Committee's information.

Respectfully submitted,
Environment Services Department· Engineering Section

.pdf icon June 9, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Minutes

6. Environmental Services

6.1 John Dumbrell, Urban Systems re: Utility Acquisition Policy Staff noted the Regional Board had requested the development of an utility acquisition policy for consideration. Urban Systems was contracted to develop such a policy. Prior to considering any utility acquisition, the utility system should be evaluated to determine the system's assets, liabilities, extent of the system upgrades required, and the financial impact that the participating property owners would be accountable for.

John Dumbrell addressed the Committee providing a review of the draft policy document highlighting:
-Number of utilities within the electoral areas not owned by the Regional District include: 25 water utilities and 5 sanitary sewer utilities. Staff noted they are not aware of any further dryland subdivisions at least on the Westside.
-There are various levels of governance ie: irrigation districts, private utilities, utilities in resorts.
-Utilities continue to approach the Regional District to request consideration for acquisition.
-Policy objectives were reviewed: level of service, conditions of acquisition, recovering costs of the acquisition process, feasibility funding options.

Discussion:
- Concern was expressed where the liability for the system rests. Staff noted that any liability would be removed before the system is transferred. If liability after the fact, who shares in the liability? Ultimately it is the owner and operator of the utility.
- The service area covers the liability. As the Regional District is self-insured any deductible would be paid by all partners.
- The policy needs to clearly outline in what circumstances the Regional District would consider paying more than $1.00 to assume responsibility for a system.
- Do we know the state of the current water systems? Staff noted that the Interior Health Authority and the Ministry assisted in developing the list of water utilities but it is not known what the current condition of any system is.
- How would an electoral area be able to afford studies particularly if the service does not proceed? A comprehensive assessment is estimated to cost $40 - $50,000.
- A feasibility fund for only the electoral areas might be established.
- Utilities have to fund themselves. Users of the system could be requested to pay for any required study first before considering acquisition.
- Policy needs to be clear how the utility costs are covered (user rates, operation and maintenance, overhead).
- Issue of acquisition for a $1.00 needs to be strongly worded in the policy. There is no value to the acquisition ie: property, system, rates may not reflect true costs of the system and there is normally no reserves in place.
- In the past, staff and the Board reviewed acquisition on a case-by-case basis.
- With new drinking standards coming into place more systems may request the Regional District to assume responsibility for their systems. Under provincial legislation if a system becomes defunct the regional district may be mandated to take over the system. It is provincial policy for water systems to come under regional district jurisdiction.
- Is a legal advice on the liability issue required?
- Why would the Regional District want to take over any of the utility systems unless mandated to do so?
- The Regional District must have the capacity to manage systems.
- Staff noted that there have been cases in recent years where regional district's have receive 100% funding from the province to upgrade these types of water systems.
- The reality is that we face these issues in a time of crisis--often when it's a health and/or safety issue. We must be careful the policy is not so iron-tight that we could not deal with a health crisis.
- Stand alone development may not want to be encouraged - this discussion will be part of review of the Regional Growth Strategy.

Director Reid arrived at 9:55 a.m.

Following discussion, issues to be further reviewed for the draft policy include:
- Electoral Area directors to provide more clarity on whether there should be a feasibility study fund for the electoral areas and if so, whether there should be one for each electoral area.
- More precise statement with respect to liability is required. Refer to legal counsel for advice,
- What conditions, if any, would the Regional District pay more than $1.00.
- Staff to contact the Province and/or IHA to determine if they have further information available on the systems.
- Identify on a map where the systems are located and the number of users attached to each.

This is a draft document, once further input is received the policy will be brought back for further discussion before going to the Board for approval.

SHEPHERD/BAKER
THAT the presentation on the draft Utility Acquisition Policy be received;
AND FURTHER THAT staff take into consideration the concerns addressed and revise the policy and bring back for further discussion.

CARRIED

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Westside Road upgrades en route
By Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - April 27, 2011

Roads will be upgraded as part of a water infrastructure project in the North Westside Road area.

The Central Okanagan Regional District board has approved a transfer of $400,000 from the gas tax community works fund.

“The money will be used to recycle asphalt along roadways during construction of the new water system for the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun subdivisions,” said Bruce Smith, communications co-ordinator.

“By recycling road surface asphalt, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced, fewer aggregates will likely be needed and air quality will be improved as there will be less need for dust suppression chemicals.”

Funds will also be used for water quality control works.

“Construction on the new water system is expected to begin this spring,” said Smith.

The board also endorsed a funding application for eligible costs associated with integrating the new water system and the existing Fintry water utility, pending transfer of the private utility to CORD.

“Integration of the systems would help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality and see an efficient use of infrastructure and staff resources,” said Smith.

In other North Westside news, directors have adopted official community plan and rezoning bylaws for the strata at La Casa Lakeside Resort.

Strata owners applied for the rezoning to allow for the development of an outdoor swimming pool, a workshop and to recognize an existing outdoor storage yard.

The structures are on a 1.47-hectare parcel adjacent to Terazona Drive that is included in a 30-year Crown lease.

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 Fintry Utilities Water System

Related Projects: None at this time. Possibility to consolidate with the proposed new water system for Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Shalal Road.

File Number: 5600-20-15B

Start Date: Petition complete.

Sub. Comp. Date: Dependant on petition results

Project Site Plan: Project Boundary Map

Number of Units: 106 residential parcels

Project Cost: Estimated at $1,135,300

Unit Cost: Not to exceed $10,710 per residential unit

Taxation/Unit/Year: Depends on interest rate at time of borrowing. Based on a 20 year amortization:

Estimated at $921 per unit per year
Costs to Connect: (based on today's rates and subject to change)

Note: these costs apply to new connections only

Application Fee: $200
Building Permit Fee: $150 ($50 is refunded once connection is approved)
Water Meter: $440
Plus, all on-site costs to connect the existing resident to the service connection at the property line are the responsibility of the property owner.

Description:

To provide both domestic water service with fire flows to 106 residential parcels in the service area of the Fintry Delta.

Current Status:

- June 11th RDCO Letter to Property Owners - advising of successful Petition results and anticipated process
- June 10th Meeting Presentation
- Fintry Water Utility Study Report
- Public meeting - June 10th - 7:00 pm at Killiney Beach Community Hall for Fintry system property owners to update project status.
- Petition underway to join Regional District of Central Okanagan for Utility Ownership, Operation and Maintenance.
Link to Petition and Letter and Petition sent to utility ratepayers. Completed Petition Forms for affected property owners must be returned and received by the Regional District by Monday, May 31st, 2010.
- A Public Information Meeting was held April 14th at Killiney Beach Community Hall.
Link to Display Panels
- CTQ Consultants Limited contracted to conduct review and assessment of Fintry Water Utility and provide a subsequent report. (Where is the report?)
- In February 2010, the Regional Board approved a recommendation to proceed with a complete study of the private Fintry Water Utility after several property owners asked the Regional District to consider taking over ownership and operation of the more than 40-year old water system. (Link to Board Report) A thorough assessment of the utility will be conducted including possible upgrades required and the financial impact on water utility customers.

Consultant:

Not applicable

RDCO Contact:

Environmental Services, Phone: (250) 469-6241 Fax: (250) 762-7011 Email: engineer "at" cord.bc.ca

Source - RDCO's website - Date: September 26, 2010

 

LOWER FINTRY VOTES ON A WATER SYSTEM

IF LOWER FINTRY DECIDES TO JOIN UPPER FINTRY/VALLEY OF THE SUN/SHALAL ROAD WATER WELL SYSTEM, THEN THE UPPER FINTRY PROPERTIES SAVE APPROX $1,400 EACH PROPERTY.

The 4 pages below were a mailer sent to Lower Fintry residents to vote on a water system for Lower Fintry by May 31, 2010

Lower Fintry is to consider a water system on their own, or join up with the Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system now being built.

If Lower Fintry joins the Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road, will they be receiving part of the previously granted $400,000 Towns for Tomorrow Grant that was granted to Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road?

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Looks like Lower Fintry will be sharing Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road Water Storage Reservoir which may mean less fire protection for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road.  Do you want Lower Fintry to dig their own well?
Did you notice, it says that Lower Fintry's amortization period would be over 20 years and Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road amortization period is over 30 years?

In this estimate above:
UF means Upper Fintry
SR means Shalal Road
VOS means Valley of the Sun

$17,408 or ($17,500) is the estimate that Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road/Upper Fintry were given to vote on.

If Lower Fintry joins with Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road, then Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry/Shalal Road still have to pay $15,982 as showing in the estimate above.   This amount would be a savings of approx. $1,400 off the original estimate of $17,500 that they voted to pay, if we read the above estimate correctly??

The above estimate shows Lower Fintry paying $4,588, but in the documentation it also says they have to pay $6,100 as shown in the estimate in the upper portion of the estimate sheet.  $4,588 is what Lower Fintry would have to pay towards the Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road/Upper Fintry water system and the rest ($1,512) to make up the $6,100 would be the extra cost to Lower Fintry towards their own system.

Lower Finrty has most of the water pipes for their water system as they have already been using a private water system, but they would have to change one pipe on Morden Road it shows in their cost estimate and do minor repairs, etc.

The piping for Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road is what will cost a lot of money.  Too bad they couldn't find water a little closer, like at Shorts Creek.  Back in the old days 1965 they did talk about the water at Shorts Creek being used for drinking water for Lower Fintry.  Wouldn't need any pumps, that's for sure.

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If Lower Fintry joins in with Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water well system, then Lower Fintry will be drawing water from Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road two wells drilled down at Lower Fintry.

And who gets paid the Engineering 10% as shown in the cost estimate?  If this 10% cost is to pay the engineer ... why do we have to pay three years wages so the engineer can help us hire someone to do all the work?  We are paying for the consultants, etc so that RDCO doesn't have to pay them, so who gets this money?  If this entire 10% cost goes to RDCO, that is rape!  RDCO is already charging an 3% Administrative Fee??

If Lower Fintry joins the Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road/Upper Fintry water system, all together Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road/Upper Fintry will be paying the following
$370,998 Engineering 10%
$144,689 RDCO Administrative Fee 3%
= $515,687 divided by 341 properties = $1,512 each property for Administration and Engineering Fees?

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On May 3, 2010 when we looked, this is what we found on RDCO's website.

Fintry Utilities Water System

Project Name:  Fintry Utilities Water System

Related Projects: None at this time. Possibility to consolidate with the proposed new water system for Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Shalal Road.

File Number: 5600-20-15B

Start Date: Under Petition

Sub. Comp. Date: Dependant on petition results

Project Site Plan: Project Boundary Map

Number of Units: 106 residential parcels

Project Cost: Estimated at $1,135,300

Unit Cost: Not to exceed $10,710 per residential unit

Taxation/Unit/Year: Depends on interest rate at time of borrowing. Based on a 20 year amortization:

Estimated at $921 per unit per year
Costs to Connect: (based on today's rates and subject to change)

Note: these costs apply to new connections only

Application Fee: $200
Building Permit Fee: $150 ($50 is refunded once connection is approved)
Water Meter: $440
Plus, all on-site costs to connect the existing resident to the service connection at the property line are the responsibility of the property owner.

Description:
To provide both domestic water service with fire flows to 106 residential parcels in the service area of the Fintry Delta.

Current Status:
Petition underway to join Regional District of Central Okanagan for Utility Ownership, Operation and Maintenance.

Link to Petition and Letter and Petition sent to utility ratepayers. Completed Petition Forms for affected property owners must be returned and received by the Regional District by Monday, May 31st, 2010.

A Public Information Meeting was held April 14th at Killiney Beach Community Hall.  Link to Display Panels

CTQ Consultants Limited contracted to conduct review and assessment of Fintry Water Utility and provide a subsequent report.
In February 2010, the Regional Board approved a recommendation to proceed with a complete study of the private Fintry Water Utility after several property owners asked the Regional District to consider taking over ownership and operation of the more than 40-year old water system. (Link to Board Report) A thorough assessment of the utility will be conducted including possible upgrades required and the financial impact on water utility customers.

Consultant:  Not applicable

RDCO Contact:

Environmnetal Services, Phone: (250) 469-6241 Fax: (250) 762-7011 Email: engineer "at" cord.bc.ca

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See photos of the two drilled wells for Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun and Shalal Road down at Fintry Delta

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Funny clipart image of eyes looking

UPDATE: APRIL 14, 2010 MEETING AT KILLINEY BEACH HALL


Wells for the Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun water system.

At the April 14, 2010 meeting held at Killiney Beach Hall, we were told by the Engineering Technologist Delphine Maja that if grants were available (there are no grants available to apply for at the moment) to help build the water system for Valley of the Sun and Upper Fintry, that we could still apply for these grants up to completion of building the water system, but not after  ... and that the Special Grant for sparsely populated and financially disadvantaged is only available if the government has an intake for the grant... that figures!  Delphine also told us that we cannot have a tap at the road and that it is built into the bylaw to disallow such a tap and that the water has to be brought to the house.  We have now sent her an email asking her to show us which bylaw it says this.  When we talked to the guys displaying the water meters, we were told that you can install what they call a pit meter which sits in an in-ground box.  The box is four feet deep from ground level or to the water pipe in the ground... then the meter is brought up two feet and hooked up to the water pipe that is two feet below the meter. 

We were also told that it is not going to cost as much to the Fintry Delta (lower Fintry) residents for their water system as the Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun water system.  We saw a poster on the wall that said that costs for the lower Fintry Delta water system would be amortized over 20 years and that they may only have to pay approx. $10,710 each property.

This cost estimate is for lower Fintry Delta and was hanging on the wall inside the Killiney Beach Hall

click image for larger print

 

Local Government Grants Act

Local Government Grants Regulations


click pamphlet page 1 of 2 for larger print

 


click pamphlet page 2 of 2 for larger print

 

We were shown that if you shine a flashlight on the display of the water meter,
that the display will show you the numbers, otherwise you can't see the numbers in the display and it looks like the battery is dead.  Apparently the battery in the water meters last for years.

 

This Universal Water Metering Project pamphlet was also a hand-out to everyone who attended the
April 14, 2010 meeting at Killiney Beach Hall.

Universal Water Metering Project
page 1 of 2
Universal Water Metering Project handout April 14, 2010 page 1 of 2
click page to read larger print

 

Universal Water Metering Project
page 2 of 2
includes Water Conservation
Water conservation hand-out at the April 14, 2010 meeting held at Killiney Beach Hall page 2 of 2
click page to read larger print

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Minutes March 8, 2006
It was suggested that services which are mandatory (statutory), and meet life, health
and safety requirements be clearly identified.  (found on page 3)

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Small Community Grant
This is an unconditional grant to municipalities to assist them to provide basic services. Grant amounts are based on a formula that factors in a base amount, population and assessment values. These grants generally apply to municipalities with populations up to 19,000.

Source cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/policy_research/local_government_grants.htm

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Building Canada Fund - Communities Component

UPDATE
The program has approved 126 community projects totalling over $561 million, which represents over $175 million from the Government of Canada, over $175 million from the Province of British Columbia, and the remainder from local governments.

Applications for funding under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component are no longer being accepted. The program received over 600 funding applications.

Twenty-five million dollars in BCF-CC funding remains to be allocated for Flood Mitigation projects. Future intake information will be posted on the website as soon as it is available.

As of April 12, 2010 when we posted this info.

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Towns for Tomorrow

From improving local water systems and rehabilitating sewers to upgrading area recreation centres and developing neighbourhood parks, British Columbia’s smaller communities are benefitting from the Towns for Tomorrow program. For a complete list of projects, visit the Funded Projects page.

Since 2007, a total of 154 Towns for Tomorrow projects have been funded across the province, helping B.C. communities act on their infrastructure needs, while creating jobs and supporting the economy.

The five-year, $71-million Towns for Tomorrow program is unique, providing up to 80 per cent of project funding for municipalities and regional districts with less than 5,000 residents, to a maximum contribution of $400,000. For communities of 5,000 to 15,000 residents, the program covers up to 75 per cent of eligible project costs, with a maximum contribution of $375,000.

Projects eligible for Towns for Tomorrow funding include, but are not limited to:

•water projects;
•wastewater projects;
•public transit projects;
•environmental energy improvement projects;
•local road projects;
•recreation and cultural projects;
•tourism projects;
•protective and emergency services infrastructure projects; and
•community development projects.

The application submission period for the 2009 round of funding is now closed and ALL SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. Details for the next round are still being confirmed. Please check back for future information on the new deadline and application package.

As of April 12, 2010 when we posted this info.

For more information about the grants that are no longer available, please see the
 

Government Grants section at the
 Ministry of Community and Rural Development
Local Government Dept.

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Local Government Grants Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 275
This Act is Current to March 31, 2010

Contents
Section
1 Grants to local governments and related organizations
2 Repealed
3 Unconditional grants
4 Conditional grants
5 Grants to other bodies
6 Consultation with local governments
7 Power to make regulations
8 Transitional — authority to continue payments under former Acts 

Grants to local governments and related organizations
1 In each fiscal year of the government, the minister may, in accordance with this Act and the regulations, make

(a) unconditional grants to municipalities and regional districts, and


(b) conditional grants to municipalities, regional districts and prescribed related organizations.

Repealed
2 [Repealed 1997-4-12.]

Unconditional grants
3 Without limiting section 1, the amount of a class of unconditional grants may be determined on the basis of one or more of the following, as prescribed by regulation, but subject to any minimum or maximum prescribed by regulation:

(a) a fixed amount for each municipality or regional district;

(b) the population of a municipality or regional district;

(c) the total annual expenditures or revenues of a municipality or regional district;

(d) the converted value of land and improvements within a municipality or regional district;

(e) any other prescribed basis.


Conditional grants
4 (1) Without limiting section 1, conditional grants may be made to municipalities, regional districts and prescribed related organizations for the following purposes:

(a) reviewing, studying, planning or implementing matters relating to local government planning or growth management;

(b) reviewing, studying, planning, organizing or implementing the establishment or other reorganization of local government, including any change in the functions, structures, boundaries or classifications of one or more municipalities and regional districts;

(c) reviewing, studying, planning, or constructing water supply and distribution facilities, sewage collection and disposal facilities, major municipal highways or other infrastructure;

(d) to share the cost of any underground installation of power, telephone or other overhead transmission lines in municipal areas, agreed to among a municipality, a public utility, including the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, and the government.

(2) Subject to approval by Treasury Board, money may be paid out of the consolidated revenue fund to satisfy conditional grant liabilities incurred under this Act.

Grants to other bodies
5 (1) The minister may make conditional grants referred to in section (4) (1) (a) for

(a) the purposes of section 15 of the Islands Trust Act, and

(b) planning purposes under section 29 of the Islands Trust Act, as if the local trust committees and the executive committee acting as a local trust committee were regional districts, with the grants payable to the trust council under that Act for these purposes.

(2) The minister may make conditional grants referred to in section 4 (1) (c) to a greater board.

Consultation with local governments
6 At least annually, the minister must consult with representatives of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities regarding the amount and the administration of grants under this Act.

Power to make regulations
7 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:

(a) establishing classes of grants;

(b) establishing the amount or a maximum amount that may be paid for a class of grants;

(c) establishing qualifications for a class of grants;

(d) specifying conditions on which a grant may be paid and making a grant subject to further conditions specified by the minister;

(e) establishing the amount, or a minimum or maximum amount, of a grant;

(f) prescribing the basis on which the amount of a grant is to be determined;

(g) prescribing an organization as a related organization, or a class of organizations as related organizations, for grants of a specified class or grants in relation to a specified purpose;

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Local Government Grants Act
Local Government Grants Regulations
[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 111/2009, March 13, 2009]

*This is only a snippet, please click link for entire Regulation*

Part 4 — Conditional Implementation Grants

Division 1 — Water and Sewage Infrastructure Grants

Eligibility
13 Any municipality, regional district or greater board may apply for a grant under this Division if it

(a) constructs water facilities
or sewage collection and disposal facilities, or

(b) contributes to the cost of constructing facilities that are operated on its behalf or for its benefit by another municipality, regional district or greater board.

Amount of grants
14 (1) The payment of any grant under this Division is subject to an appropriation.

(2) For a grant under this Division,

(a) the minimum amount of the grant is 25% of the capital cost of the facilities, and

(b) the maximum amount of the grant is 50% of the capital cost of the facilities.


(3) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 135/99, s. 6 (a).]

(4) As an exception to subsection (2), if the minister considers that there are insufficient funds appropriated to make a grant in accordance with those subsections, the minister may consider only part of the cost of the facilities as eligible for a grant.

[am. B.C. Reg. 135/99, s. 6.]

Conditions of grants
15 In addition to any terms and conditions established by the minister, a grant under this Part may be made on one or more of the following conditions:

(a) that, unless the facilities to which the grant relates are completed within the period or by the deadline specified by the minister at the time the grant is approved, or extended by the minister or an authorized official from time to time, the grant will not be paid or will be paid in a lesser amount;

(b) that the local government provides to the minister information and reports respecting the project to which the grant relates as requested by the minister.

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Division 5 — Special Grants

Classes of grants
25 The classes of conditional grants which may be made under this Division are as follows:

(a) special assistance grants, being grants to assist in the resolution of municipal or regional district problems that, in the opinion of the minister, are unusual or unique and for which the minister considers no other means of providing the assistance is available;

(b) regional district supplemental grants, being grants to assist in the provision of services in regional districts that are, in the opinion of the minister, sparsely populated and financially disadvantaged.

Eligibility
26 (1) Any municipality or regional district may apply for a special grant under section 25 (a) of this regulation.

(2) Any regional district may apply for a regional district supplemental grant under section 25 (b) of this regulation.

Amount of grants
27 (1) The payment of any grant under this Division is subject to an appropriation.

(2) The amount of a special grant under section 25 (a) of this regulation is in the discretion of the minister and may be made on one or more of the following bases:

(a) a fixed amount;

(b) a fixed amount per resident multiplied by the population of the jurisdiction;

(c) a percentage of the costs towards which the grant is being paid;

(d) an amount established in relation to assessment in the jurisdiction.

(3) The amount of a regional district supplemental grant under section 25 (b) of this regulation is in the discretion of the minister and may be made on the basis of either or both of the following, subject to the limit that the maximum amount of such a grant that may be paid to a regional district in any one fiscal year is 90% of the amount referred to in section 8 (a) of this regulation:

(a) a fixed amount;

(b) a percentage of the amount referred to in section 8 (a) of this regulation.

Conditions of grants
28 In addition to any terms and conditions established by the minister, a grant under this Division may be made on one or more of the following conditions:

(a) that all or some part of the grant is used for a purpose specified by the minister;

(b) that the local government provides to the minister information and reports respecting the use of the grant as requested by the minister.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT
SERVICING BYLAW No.704, 1996

"development" or "developed" means the construction, alteration, or extension of buildings and structures for any use authorized by the Zoning Bylaw that requires issuance of a building permit.

Consolidated Version of Bylaw 704  Table C.2.2 on pages 100-101 of Bylaw 704

There are many amendments to Bylaw 704 listed here

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1216, 2007 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1181, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1168, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1163, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1153, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1064, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1046, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 940, 2001 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 898, 2000 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 810, 1999 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No. 704, 1996 - Repeals Bylaw No. 464, Amended by Bylaw Nos. 810, 898, 930, 940, 1046, 1168, 1181

Subdivision Repeal Bylaw No. 35

Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 464, 1991 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 82, 1974 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 464

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Community Charter
[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 26

This Act is Current to March 31, 2010
Schedule

Definitions and Rules of Interpretation

Definitions
1 In this Act and in a bylaw or resolution under this Act:

"annual property tax bylaw" means a bylaw under section 197 [annual property tax bylaw];

"approval of the electors" means approval in accordance with section 84 [approval of the electors];

"assent of the electors" means assent in accordance with section 85 [assent of the electors];

"assessed value" means assessed value determined under the Assessment Act;

"assessment roll" means an assessment roll within the meaning of the Assessment Act;

"assistance" means assistance within the meaning of section 25 (1) [prohibition against assistance to business];

"building inspector" means an individual designated by the council as a building inspector for the municipality;

"charge", in relation to an estate or interest in land, means a charge under the Land Title Act;

"collector" means the municipal officer assigned responsibility as collector of taxes for the municipality;

"converted value of land and improvements" means the net taxable value of land and improvements multiplied by the percentage prescribed by regulation for this purpose;

"corporate officer" means the municipal officer assigned responsibility under section 148 [corporate officer];

"council" means the council of a municipality;

"council committee" means

(a) a select committee of a council,

(b) a standing committee of a council, or

(c) any other body established by a council that is composed solely of council members;

"councillor" means a member of a council other than the mayor;

"designated municipal officer" means

(a) the municipal officer assigned responsibility under section 146 [officer positions] in relation to the matter, or

(b) if no assignment referred to in paragraph (a) has been made, the corporate officer;

"dispute resolution officer" means a person designated by the minister to assist in the resolution of disputes for the purposes of Division 3 [Dispute Resolution] of Part 9 [Governmental Relations];

"fee" includes a fee by any name, including a charge;

"firearms" includes air guns, air rifles, air pistols and spring guns;

"general bylaw" means a bylaw referred to in section 138 [municipal codes and other general bylaws];

"general property tax" means a property value tax or a parcel tax that is imposed in the municipality generally;

"greater board" means the corporate body, incorporated by an Act, with responsibility for the provision of water or sewage and drainage services;

"highway" includes a street, road, lane, bridge, viaduct and any other way open to public use, other than a private right of way on private property;

"impose", in relation to a tax, includes levy;

"improvements" means improvements as defined in the Assessment Act;

"inspector" means the Inspector of Municipalities under section 1019 of the Local Government Act;

"intermunicipal watercourse" means

(a) a natural stream or watercourse that forms the boundary between, or runs through, more than one municipality, or

(b) a stream or watercourse referred to in section 548 [regional district equivalent] of the Local Government Act;

"justice" means a justice as defined in the Offence Act;

"land"

(a) for the purposes of assessment and taxation, means land as defined in the Assessment Act, and

(b) for other purposes, includes the surface of water, but does not include

(i) improvements,

(ii) mines or minerals belonging to the Crown, or

(iii) mines or minerals for which title in fee simple has been registered in the land title office;

"land title office" means the applicable land title office under the Land Title Act;

"loan authorization bylaw" means a bylaw under section 179 [loan authorization bylaws for long term borrowing];

"local area service" means a service referred to in section 210 (1) [authority for local area services];

"local authority" means

    (a) a municipality, including the City of Vancouver,

    (b) a regional district,

    (c) the trust council, a local trust committee and the trust fund board within the
         meaning of the Islands Trust Act,

    (d) a greater board,

    (e) an improvement district, and

    (f) any other local body prescribed by regulation as a local authority for the purposes of one or
        more provisions of this Act or the Local Government Act;

"local service area" means the area in which a local service tax is imposed;

"local service tax" means a tax imposed under section 216 [local service taxes];

"minister responsible" means the minister responsible in relation to the applicable matter;

"municipality" means, as applicable,

    (a) the corporation into which the residents of an area are incorporated as a municipality
         under Part 2 [Incorporation of Municipalities] of the Local Government Act or under any other Act, or

    (b) the geographic area of the municipal corporation,

     but does not include the City of Vancouver unless otherwise provided;

"net taxable value", in relation to land or improvements or both, means

    (a) if the Hospital District Act applies, the net taxable value of land or improvements
         or both for regional hospital district purposes, and

    (b) if the Hospital District Act does not apply, the net taxable value of land or improvements
         or both determined as if the Hospital District Act applies;

"newspaper" means, in relation to a requirement or authorization for publication in a newspaper, a publication or local periodical that contains items of news and advertising;

"occupier"

(a) for the purposes of Division 8 [Tax Liability of Occupiers] of Part 7 [Municipal Revenue], means occupier as defined in the Assessment Act, and

(b) for other purposes, means a person

(i) who is qualified to maintain an action for trespass,

(ii) who is in possession of Crown land under a homestead entry or preemption record,

(iii) who is in possession of

(A) Crown land, or

(B) land owned by a municipality or regional district

under a lease, licence, agreement for sale, accepted application to purchase, easement or other record from the Crown, municipality or regional district, or

(iv) who simply occupies the land;

"owner" means, in respect of real property,

(a) the registered owner of an estate in fee simple,

(b) the tenant for life under a registered life estate,

(c) the registered holder of the last registered agreement for sale,

(d) the holder or occupier of land held in the manner referred to in section 228 [taxation of Crown land used by others] or section 229 [taxation of municipal land used by others], and

"parcel" means any lot, block or other area in which land is held or into which it is subdivided, but does not include a highway;

"parcel tax" means a tax imposed on the basis of a single amount for each parcel, the taxable area of a parcel or the taxable frontage of a parcel;

"parcel tax roll review panel" means the parcel tax roll review panel under section 204;

"partnering agreement" means an agreement between a municipality and a person or public authority under which the person or public authority agrees to provide a service on behalf of the municipality, other than a service that is part of the general administration of the municipality;

"population" means, in relation to an area,

(a) population for the area as determined by the most recent population census, or

(b) if the population has not been established for the area by census, population determined by the minister;

"procedure bylaw" means a bylaw under section 124 [procedure bylaws]; (procedure bylaws section 124 (3) A bylaw under this section must not be amended, or repealed and substituted, unless the council first gives notice in accordance with section 94 [public notice] describing the proposed changes in general terms.)

"property class" means a property class under the Assessment Act;

"property taxes" means taxes under Division 3 [Property Value Taxes], 4 [Parcel Taxes] or 5 [Local Service Taxes] of Part 7 [Municipal Revenue];

"property value tax" means a tax imposed on the basis of the value of land or improvements or both;

"Provincial building code" means the Provincial building code under section 692 (1) of the Local Government Act;

"Provincial building regulations" means the Provincial building code and other regulations under section 692 (1) of the Local Government Act;

"public authority" means any of the following:

(a) the government of Canada, the government of British Columbia or the government of another province, or an agent of any of them;

(b) a local government body, educational body or health care body, as those terms are defined in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;

(c) a first nation;

(d) a body in another province or country that provides local government services;

(e) any other body prescribed by regulation as a public authority for the purposes of one or more provisions of this Act or the Local Government Act;

"public notice posting places" means the places identified as such in a procedure bylaw;

"real property" means land, with or without improvements so affixed to the land as to make them in fact and law a part of it;

"registered owner" means the person registered in the land title office as entitled to the fee simple;

"regulate" includes authorize, control, inspect, limit and restrict, including by establishing rules respecting what must or must not be done, in relation to the persons, properties, activities, things or other matters being regulated;

"remedial action requirement" means a requirement imposed under section 72 [council may impose remedial action requirements];

"seize" includes impound and detain;

"service" means, in relation to a municipality, an activity, work or facility undertaken or provided by or on behalf of the municipality;

"tax sale" means a tax sale under Part 11 [Municipal Tax Collection] of the Local Government Act;

Application of Local Government Act definitions
2 Subject to the definitions established by section 1 of this Schedule, section 5 [definitions] of the Local Government Act applies to this Act.

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Local Services Act
Subdivision Regulations
[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 4/2010, January 14, 2010]

* This is only a snippett, please click link for entire Act *

Application
Where these regulations apply
1.01 These regulations apply to the subdivision of all land in the Province except land

(a) within a municipality,

(b) regulated by a bylaw under section 938 of the Municipal Act, and

Purpose
Purpose
2.01 The purpose of these regulations is to assist in assuring the safe, healthful, equitable, efficient, economical and attractive subdivision of land for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Regulations apply where there is no bylaw
1.03 Notwithstanding section 1.01 (b), where a bylaw does not regulate a matter covered by these regulations, these regulations apply to that matter.

[en. B.C. Reg. 424/87.]
 
Purpose
2.01 The purpose of these regulations is to assist in assuring the safe, healthful, equitable, efficient, economical and attractive subdivision of land for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Definitions
3.01 In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:

"approval" means approval in writing from the authority having jurisdiction; 

"building regulations" means regulation of construction of buildings by a building code adopted pursuant to the Local Services Act or to the Building Regulations Division of the Municipal Act¹; 1. R.S.B.C. 1960-255

"community water system" means a system of waterworks which serves 2 or more parcels and which is owned, operated and maintained by an improvement district under the Water Act or the Municipal Act, or a regional district, or which is regulated under the Water Utility Act;

"potable water" means water which is approved for drinking purposes by the medical health officer in accordance with the Health Act;

Other regulations
4.02 Nothing contained in these regulations shall relieve the owner of a subdivision from the responsibility to seek out and comply with the legislation applicable to his undertaking.

Community water systems
4.09 (1) The design of any community water system to serve the subdivision shall be in accordance with the requirements of any authority having jurisdiction over the system pursuant to

(a) the Health Act and the Water Utility Act,

(b) the Health Act and the Water Act, when an improvement district has an applicable subdivision bylaw pursuant to the Water Act, or

(c) the Health Act and the Municipal Act, when a regional district has an applicable bylaw setting out the terms and conditions of any extension to its community water system,

as the case may be.

(2) The community water system approved pursuant to section 4.09 (1) shall be installed as approved before the subdivision is approved.

(3) Notwithstanding the requirements of section 4.09 (2), a subdivision may be approved prior to the construction of the community water system, provided that an arrangement securing performance of such construction satisfactory to the approving officer has been made with

(a) the Comptroller of Water Rights (under the Water Utility Act),

(b) an improvement district having an applicable subdivision bylaw adopted pursuant to the Water Act, or

(c) a regional district having an applicable bylaw setting out the terms and conditions of any extension to its community water system,

as the case may be, but in no case shall the subdivision be approved before the plans for the community water system have been approved.

Water supply
4.11 Where a community water system is to be installed in a subdivision, a supply of potable water adequate to serve the subdivision shall be proven before the subdivision is approved.

Definition of "potable water" means water which is approved for drinking purposes by the medical health officer in accordance with the Health Act;

Access to navigable waters
5.06 When a subdivision borders on the shore of navigable waters, access shall be given in accordance with the requirements of the Land Title Act.

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Land Title Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 250
This Act is current to April 1, 2010

Division 4 — Approval of Subdivision Plans

Time limit for approval and consideration of public interest
85 (1) A subdivision plan must be approved or rejected by the approving officer within 2 months after the date it is tendered for examination and approval or within another period that may be set by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

(2) If, under subsection (1), the approving officer rejects the subdivision plan, the approving officer must forthwith notify in writing the applicant, or the solicitor or agent of the applicant, of the rejection, stating briefly the reason and the approving officer's requirements, if any.

(3) In considering an application for subdivision approval in respect of land, the approving officer may refuse to approve the subdivision plan if the approving officer considers that the deposit of the plan is against the public interest.

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Land Title Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 250
This Act is current to April 1, 2010

Matters to be considered by approving officer on application for approval
86 (1) Without limiting section 85 (3), in considering an application for subdivision approval, the approving officer may

(a) at the cost of the subdivider, personally examine or have an examination and report made on the subdivision,

(b) hear from all persons who, in the approving officer's opinion, are affected by the subdivision,

(c) refuse to approve the subdivision plan, if the approving officer considers that

(vii) the cost to the government of providing public utilities or other works or services would be excessive,

(viii) the cost to the municipality or regional district of providing public utilities or other works or services would be excessive,

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Local government matters to be considered by approving officer
87 Without limiting section 85 (3), the approving officer may refuse to approve a subdivision plan if the approving officer considers that the subdivision does not conform to the following:

(a) all applicable provisions of the Local Government Act;

(b) all applicable municipal, regional district and improvement district bylaws regulating the subdivision of land and zoning;

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About Regional Districts - Government of BC Website

About RDCO Water Systems - RDCO Website

About RDCO Debt Servicing Fees (Payment Options) - Although this pertains to a sewer system, it most likely pertains to water system borrowing as well.

RDCO Growth Management Strategy Bylaw - RDCO Website

RDCO Engineering Committee - RDCO Website (no longer active)

Westside Issues Committee - RDCO Website (no longer active)

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SOME LINKS TO RDCO BYLAWS HERE BELOW, BUT NOT ALL

RDCO BYLAWS INDEX

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GOVERNMENT & OTHER MISC LINKS

Community Charter - Local Area Services - Government of BC Website

Community Charter - Petitions to council
82 (1) A petition to a council is deemed to be presented to council when it is filed with the corporate officer.
      (2) A petition to a council must include the full name and residential address of each petitioner.

Community Charter - Petition for local area service
212 (1) The persons who may petition for a local area service are the owners of parcels that would be subject to the local service tax for the service.
212 (3) In order for a petition for a local area service to be certified as sufficient and valid,

(a) the petition must be signed by the owners of at least 50% of the parcels that would be subject to the local service tax, and

(b) the persons signing must be the owners of parcels that in total represent at least 50% of the assessed value of land and improvements that would be subject to the local service tax.

Ministry of Environment - Water Resource Information A-Z Index

Ministry of Environment - Water Rights and Legislation

Ministry of Environment - Water Rights and Expropriation

Ministry of Environment - Water Utilities

Ministry of Environment - Water Users Communities

RDCO - About Acquiring Private Water Utility in 2003 - Residents can form their own committee, make an offer to the owner and then petition the Regional District to make a specified area and prepare a borrowing bylaw to purchase the utility. It would then be assessed and a financial plan put together.

Ministry of Environment - Private Water Utilities

Ministry of Environment - Water Utilities
Guide to Applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN)

Ministry of Environment - Apply for a Water Licence  ---  Land Owners Consent Form

Ministry of Environment - Water Rental Rates

Ministry of Environment - Water Application Fees

Ministry of Health - Environmental Health Protection

Ministry of Health - Drinking Water Program

Local Government Grants Act - - Queens Printer

Local Government Grants Regulation - Queens Printer

Ministry of Community Services - Towns for Tomorrow Water System Funding News Release

Towns For Tomorrow Funding Website - BC Government Website

Drinking Water Protection Regulation - Queens Printer

Drinking Water Protection Act - Queens Printer

Water Act - Queens Printer

Water Utility Act - Queens Printer

Utilities Commission Act - Queens Printer

Municipal Finance Authority

Municipal Finance Authority Act

Municipal Finance Authority Regulation

Basics of Regional District Finance - Civic.net

Small Water Users Association of British Columbia - Links to Water System Suppliers

Associated Engineering

Water Supply Association of BC

BC Water and Waste Association

Okanagan Reservoir Report

BC Government Safe Water Supply - This publication covers choosing a water source, groundwater systems, surface water systems, testing water, solving water quality problems.

Westside Joint Water Committee - The Westside Joint Water Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Okanagan Westside residents about our water needs and our water resources.

Kelowna Joint Water Committee

Neptune Technology Group was contracted by the Westside utilities to install water meters

E.S.A. Creek Corridors Management Plan Map of Shorts Creek - RDCO

Environmental Operators Certification Program

Ministry of Environment - What is a Private Water Utility?
A water utility under the Water Utility Act is a person/business who owns or operates equipment or facilities for the delivery of domestic water service to five (5) or more persons or to a corporation for compensation. Private water utilities are usually created by developers to serve rural land development where community water service is required for subdivision approval and where there is no other water purveyor in the area that can provide service. A Water Utility is not a local authority such as a municipality, improvement district or local service area of a regional district and therefore not eligible for government funding such as infrastructure grants.

Things you should consider if you are thinking about forming a Water Utility and more. -  Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment Water System Design Guidelines

Ministry of Community Services Free Crown Grant/Nominal Rent Tenure Program
Provincial Context
Government has historically provided Crown land to local governments, public agencies and community organizations to support public purposes. This land has been provided at less than market value through a Crown Grant or Nominal Rent Tenure. This promotes economic and social development through providing access to Crown land for public facilities and community infrastructure.

InfraGuide is a national network of experts and a growing collection of best practice publications for core infrastructure - offering the best in Canadian experience and knowledge of infrastructure.  With founders - the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the National Research Council and Infrastructure Canada, and our founding member the Canadian Public Works Association - that help municipalities make informed, smart decisions that sustain our quality of life.

Potable Water - Best Practices

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STATISTICS

Statistics - BC's Water System Types (eg.) There are more than 3300 water systems in BC and 10 per cent of the population is served by a variety of public and private systems:

• Small municipalities (57 systems)
• Regional district service areas (97 systems)
• Improvement districts (211 systems)
• Private water utilities (185 systems)
• Water users communities (118 systems)

Action Plan For Safe Drinking Water in British Columbia - Ministry of Health Services

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AVAILABLE GRANTS

Local Government Grants

Infastructure Grants

Local Government Grants Act - - Queens Printer

Local Government Grants Regulation - Queens Printer

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Free Crown Grant/Nominal Rent Tenure Program
Provincial Context
Government has historically provided Crown land to local governments, public agencies and community organizations to support public purposes. This land has been provided at less than market value through a Crown Grant or Nominal Rent Tenure. This promotes economic and social development through providing access to Crown land for public facilities and community infrastructure.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/free_crown_grants/index.htm

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NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE NOW Ministry of Community Services - Towns for Tomorrow Water System Funding  *Available to apply for over the next two years*

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Infastructure Canada Grants

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The Province also recently signed the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, a new infrastructure agreement with the Government of Canada to provide $102 million in combined senior government funding over the coming year for communities across B.C. At least 60 per cent of funding will assist with “green” projects such as drinking water supply, treatment and distribution needs; improved local wastewater and storm-water sewage treatment; enhanced public transit; and improved energy conservation. Read more about the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

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Green Municipal Fund

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RDCO Regional Growth Strategy - Water Resources Discussion Paper

RDCO Water Talk Spring 2006

RDCO Turbidity Education and Notification Campaign and Facts
Is your water safe to drink?
This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. The "safety" of the water fluctuates, and the question at any one time is how safe and for whom.  Surface water can contain parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which can cause gastro-intestinal illness.  The Turbidity Index informs people of the current level of turbidity and who should consider drinking boiled water or a safe alternative.

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The Land Title Act establishes an assurance fund to compensate individuals deprived of title or an interest in land, through the operation of the Torrens system. (The circumstances under which an application for compensation can be made are set out in s.296 of the Act.)

Land Title Act 2009 - Government Assurance Fund Section 296

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Valley of the Sun Ponds and other Photos
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Westside Road Water Systems
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Westside Road Water Systems
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