At best a handful of facilities would be built over the next 30 years to address the growth of the community. The biggest advantages of the TITUS proposal is we recommend:
1. Using private development dollars instead of tax dollars to build the facilities;
2. Sizing the facilities to meet the needs of the community, to best match capital & operating costs to user fees;
3. Allowing the facilities to work together to reduce the overall total cost of ownership;
4. Creating jobs locally;
5. Creating local utility and commercial revenues;
6. Creating local tax dollars;
7. Reduce the impact on the tax payer.
CRD has projected the population of Greater Victoria to grow by more than 130,000 people between now and 2045. The only way this will happen is through large dense developments.
Of the major developments on the books today there are
· Capital City Centre's (3,000 people);
· Westhills (20,000 people);
· Royal Bay (9,000 people);
· Skirt/Bear Mountain (12,000 people).
This represents an addition of 44,000 people over the next 20 to 30 years. One might wonder where the other 100,000 people are coming from. The CRD projects a growth of over 40,000 from Saanich and 30,000 from Victoria. If Victoria or Saanich could attract the projected growth it will take significant developments, like Uptown to reach those growth numbers. We recommend that waste water reclamation facilities be located where the facility can treat a portion of the upstream flows as well as the flows from the new development.
1. Reduce the downstream flows to downstream facilities thereby reducing their size and cost and extending their useful life;
2. Recover and reuse the resources locally;
3. Create jobs locally;
4. Create local utility and commercial revenues;
5. Create local tax dollars;
6. Reduce the impact on the tax payer by integrating waste water reclamation plants and TITUS DESS with commercial, retail and residential development similar to Capital City Centre and our McLoughlin point concept.
The good news is, the current large scale projects detailed above are all West Shore developments and the Capital City Centre (CCC) will recover the water and energy for Langford and Colwood. To best match the capital and operating cost of the CCC facility to the revenue, and minimize the cost to the tax payer, it is likely that another facility would be located at Royal Bay, and we have recommended a third facility be located at Skirt Mountain, when and if that project restarts. This will ensure the facilities are sized to match the demand and allow for the recovery and reuse of the water and energy. This will also minimize the costs to the West Shore tax payer, as only 14% of Colwood and only 40% of Langford are connected to sewer.