Re: "Project needs local oversight," Oct. 16.
The editorial about the sewage-treatment plant concludes that "the project ... needs input and reasonable oversight of local government," leaving the impression that this is not the case. The proposed commission bylaw is explicit in defining the responsibilities of the regional board, the commission and the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee. Some examples:
The commission is a standing commit-tee of the Capital Regional District board, with authority delegated by the board. Ultimately, the board is responsible for the delivery of the project. The bylaw clearly states the significant authority retained by the board, i.e. the elected officials, including authority for appointing commission members, approval of design guidelines for above-ground structures, mitigation guidelines, amendments to the liquid waste management plan and, most importantly, the project budget. The commission will not be able to approve costs above the budget set by the CRD board.
The commission is required to conduct its business in accordance with the policies and procedures of the board and to prepare consultation plans to provide for consultation in accordance with public-participation policies of the CRD.
Clearly, the bylaw does not hand over responsibility carte blanche to the commission, but retains significant oversight responsibility for elected officials and particularly for those responsibilities typically assumed by elected officials. The primary purpose of the commission is to employ the diverse expertise of its members to deliver the project in a way that will promote innovation, comply with federal and provincial regulations, achieve best overall value for money and best triple-bottom-line outcomes, as well as to complete the project on time and on budget.
Langford councillor and chairwoman of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
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