Door remains open for additional sewage sites

Saanich approves three sites for consideration, pump stations on Marigold, Sinclair and Richmond

Once the Watkiss Way balloon popped on Monday night and the majority of the public filed out of the room, Saanich council immediately defeated a similar sewage site proposal at 4300 Interurban Rd. for much of the same reasons, but this time with little public input.

The five-hectare site is a composting facility sitting directly across Interurban from Camosun College and Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence campuses. However, it came up too late, councillors said.

The submission deadline for private property sites to the CRD Eastside Select Committee was June 24.

Coun. Susan Brice motioned to give Saanich staff the power to deny any further submissions of private property for referral to the Eastside committee. That was defeated, leaving the door open for each case to be reviewed by council.

Council did approve three additional sites for consideration to the Eastside committee. All of them are pump stations – Marigold at 901 Marigold Ave., Penrhyn at 2620 Sinclair Rd., and the Royal Jubilee Hospital at 2355 Richmond Rd.

The Eastside committee had requested the publicly owned stations be forwarded.