Role of Different Agencies in the Union Bay Estates Project

Several different agencies are involved in the Union Bay Estates project. While the CVRD is not involved in certain approvals (e.g. sewer treatment plant), the CVRD does play a role in confirming the requirements of the Master Development Agreement (MDA) are met.

Agency Jursidiction/RoleCommitments in the MDA (basic summary – see MDA for more details)
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI)Rural SubdivisionsHighway access permits Activities in the road right-of-waySeveral amenities are triggered at time of subdivision such as:Affordable housing lotsSchool site donated to school boardParkland dedication/transfer to CVRD
BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOECC)Sewer treatment plantsContaminated site remediationDesign and construct sewer system to service the Union Bay Estates development.The wastewater treatment facility to be designed to accommodate additional cells to handle the sanitary sewer flow from Royston and Union Bay if those sewer systems are tied into the Union Bay Estates sewer system in the future.
BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD)Water Sustainability Act (for works in and about a stream)Activities on crown landsHeritage Conservation Act Alteration Permits (archaeological sites)Developer to develop lands in an environmentally sensitive matter in accordance with provincial and federal principles, guidelines and objectives.
Union Bay Improvement District (UBID)Water and fire servicesThe Developer must enter into an agreement with UBID to distribute potable water to the development.


The CVRD received the following information from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change:

“The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change received on November 11, 2019 a final application package from Kensington Union Bay Properties GP Limited for registration under the Municipal Wastewater Regulation for a seasonal discharge of up to 1,875 cubic meters per day of treated municipal sewage to Hart Creek during the months of October through May with storage and reclaimed water use during the rest of the year. The proposed discharge would serve a commercial and residential development in Union Bay subject of a Master Development Agreement with the Comox Valley Regional District. 

The Ministry’s next steps are a comprehensive review of the application for compliance with the Municipal Wastewater Regulation including review of the Environmental Impact Study, and First Nation consultation. There is no formal public consultation process for registrations under regulations such as the Municipal Wastewater Regulation. The review and decision phase takes up to 10 months to complete. Questions regarding the review of this application may be directed to Melanie Mamoser at melanie.mamoser@gov.bc.ca. The status of the application can be viewed here using the Tracking Number 370094 or Authorization Number 109314″

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