OCP Survey Round 2 Summary Video

  • Posted on: 9 February 2018
  • By: Michael Brydon

I put together a very quick video describing the (surprising) results from Round 2 of the OCP survey.  The information in the video forms part of our preparation for the Round 3 survey.  People have told me it is much easier to complete the survey questions once they understand the different growth scenarios.

Link to the video is here (roughly 30 minutes)

Note that the video is based on the community meeting held in November. The content is very similar.


From email:

Q: On the video you said that soil issues prevented the creation of more subdivisions in the past.  Why would this be different now?

A: Short answer: storm sewer and sanitary sewer.  The most important threat to soil stability on the West Bench is water (a recent report is here).  We already have significant visible sink hole and erosion problems due to water running off hard surfaces, such as roofs and roads. We may also have invisible underground errosion due to septic systems. The only solution (other than restoring the West Bench to its natural state) it to engineer systems to capture and safely dispose of water.  We already see this, for example, in Westwood Properties: all houses have downspouts that feed into a central dry well; strata roads drain to the same location.  Retrofitting the West Bench and Sage Mesa with adequate storm and sewer entails significant costs.  In addition, there are thorny jurisdictional issues.  Roads, including road drainage, are the responsibility of the province.

This is why I say growth and infrastructure are linked.  We simply cannot have growth (i.e., more toilets, roofs and driveways) without better infrastructure.  Indeed, we are already in need of better infrastructure in many areas, especially in Sage Mesa.  On the other hand, building the infrastructure we need requires money.  Scenario B (pay or own way) and Scenario C (grow our way out of it) are the two basic approaches to funding this infrastructure  (a third approach is to ask for grants, but that might be mostly wishful thinking).