Learn more about the Water Meter AAP Process

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is seeking the approval of electors to borrow up to $7.25 million over a 15-year term to fund the next phase of the Water Meter Installation project on the Sunshine Coast.

This is your space to learn more about the Alternative Approval Process (AAP), ask a question, find out where you can drop an AAP response form and gain an understanding of the timeline of the process.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is seeking the approval of electors to borrow up to $7.25 million over a 15-year term to fund the next phase of the Water Meter Installation project on the Sunshine Coast.

This is your space to learn more about the Alternative Approval Process (AAP), ask a question, find out where you can drop an AAP response form and gain an understanding of the timeline of the process.

Have a question about the AAP process?

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    Why do you deliberately make it so hard to return forms?

    Frizbee asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your question and sorry to hear that you feel it’s difficult to return the forms. We can assure you that there is no intention to make the forms hard to return – in fact the SCRD has provided an extension of 17 days to return the forms for this AAP.

    Also, the SCRD has extended our office hours to serve the public for AAP related business from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Staff are onsite at an information table on the east side of the building and available for AAP related matters during these hours. It should be noted that anyone may deliver signed response forms to the Corporate Officer or Deputy Corporate Officer – there is no requirement that the person who delivered the form be an eligible elector. Response forms may be dropped off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the mail drop slot located next to the information table on the east side of the building. Forms can be mailed to the Sunshine Coast Regional District at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt, BC, V7Z 0A8, and must be received and in possession of the Corporate Officer by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  Please note, postmarks will not be accepted as date of submission. 

    There is lots of information on this at https://www.scrd.ca/Alternative-Approval-Process also, on our engagement platform at https://letstalk.scrd.ca/water-meter-aap.

    The information provided below has also been running in the Coast Reporter for the last two weeks to better inform those who may not have access to the Internet on how to take part in the AAP process.

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    To clarify ... if at least 10% of eligible electors in the Service Area sign electoral response forms the Board may NOT proceed with the borrowing. However a subsequent voting proceeding of the total electorate could APPROVE the borrowing. Correct?

    T smurthwaite asked 17 days ago

    If, after the deadline elector response forms are certified by the Corporate Officer as having been signed by at least 10% of the eligible electors in the Service Area (calculated at 2,120 electors), the Board may not proceed with the borrowing under Bylaw No. 730 without obtaining approval of the eligible electors in the service area in a voting proceeding.

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    Can you please explain how the meter program will provide provincial and/or federal grants for future water supply projects and how much we can expect to receive? I think this will be valuable information for the AAP.

    Geefor asked 26 days ago

    Local governments can access infrastructure funding through a variety of grant programs as opportunities arise. Each grant intake, both federally and provincially, have different timelines, eligibility requirements, funding allocations, which all need to be considered when deciding which projects to put forward as part of an application. 


    We have been advised by the Province that water conservation projects like the Water Meter Program, among other criteria, are an eligibility requirement of infrastructure grant programs administered by the Province. We make applications to funders, but unfortunately there is no way to predict how much funding we can anticipate in the future, as funders review many applications from local governments across the province and country against their criteria, to make decisions.


    If you would like more details about project funding, check out: Sep 2019 Staff Report: Water Supply Expansion Projects - Funding Considerations

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    This area should say you need to be registered with the SCRD in order to ask a question! My question was, we recently purchased a house which already had a working water meter. Will we still be required to pay off this loan should this initiative be approved? We are quite sure the builder would have paid for these costs in the development fees and passed along to the purchaser.

    wklorimer asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your question - Yes, anyone who has access to SCRD water is responsible to fund any infrastructure improvements within a certain service area. Specifically, only those properties included in the Regional Water Service Parcel Tax Roll will be responsible for repaying the loan for the Phase 3 water meter installations. The parcel tax roll includes all parcels within the service area that are connected to, or have the ability to connect to, one of the seven water systems funded through the Regional Water Service. Those systems are Chapman, Langdale, Ruby Lake (Cove Cay), Waugh Lake (Egmont), Eastbourne, Granthams, and Soames.

    Currently, there are about 6,200 water meters already installed, on residential and commercial properties in the region. These first two phases of water meter installations were mainly paid for through government infrastructure grants. 

    While new residential builds require the installation of “setters”, the infrastructure that links a meter to a water line, these connections still need a meter paid for by the SCRD and not the original builder. This AAP proposes to take out a loan to pay for Phase 3 of the final water meter installations, for 4,800 residential properties mainly in the Sechelt area. The SCRD is aiming to have water meters installed on all waters systems as it is the most cost-efficient way to increase the water supply during dry summers. More information on this can be found in this YouTube Video