Cranbrook, BC (March 2, 2022) -- A virtual open house for residents, property owners and developers in the Shadow Mountain subdivision was held on Tuesday March 1, 2022 to discuss options and potential costs of a Local Area Service (LAS) for a sanitary sewer connection to the City of Cranbrook’s sewer collection system.
A Local Area Service (LAS) is the installation of a utility service such as water, sewer, or road that benefits a certain area of residents, and those residents then pay for that service rather than all City taxpayers pay for the service installation.
The proposed LAS project is to construct a new sewer system that would connect the Shadow Mountain development sewer to Cranbrook’s existing sewer system at Mennie Road near Echo Field Road. There is currently no connecting sewer system from Shadow Mountain to Cranbrook.
When the Shadow Mountain development was first created over a decade ago, it was envisioned that the developer of the day would initiate the construction of the sanitary sewer works required to connect the development to the City’s sewer system. Since then, there have been changes in both Councils and in ownership of the Shadow Mountain development, and this important infrastructure work was not completed. This current Council and administration have deemed this longstanding item needs to be addressed, which is why this LAS petition and this virtual open house is being brought forward to you.
The estimated cost of the project as of January 2022 is $8.7 million. The City of Cranbrook holds from the original developer approximately $600K from development securities. A portion of these funds are currently being used to undertake a detailed design of the works. It is estimated that once the design and engineering are complete $200,000 to $300,000 security funds will remain to put towards the construction costs.
Shadow Mountain is currently serviced by a temporary onsite sewer holding tank system that requires storing and trucking sewage under a permit. If the LAS petition is not successful to fund the proposed sewer system project, the onsite holding tank permits will need to be renewed between Shadow Mountain and Interior Health and the Ministry of Environment.
A portion of the project would be funded by the City due to oversizing and owning a portion of the works to accommodate Northern Area (properties between Shadow Mountain and pre 2007 City boundary extension) the extra pipe size to connect future development in those areas rather than having to upgrade the sewer pipe in the future. The cost of the oversizing is estimated at $1 million. Options for funding this are being explored by staff and brought to Council for consideration.
You can find a copy of the PowerPoint presentation made by City staff during the open house here.
If you have additional questions or comments about the proposed LAS, please email us at [email protected] no later than 4:30pm MT, Friday, March 11, 2022.
Report – Engineering & Development Services: Shadow Mountain Sewer – Proposed Local Area Service (Regular City Council Meeting – Monday February 7, 2022)
For more information, please contact:
Curtis Penson, Manager, Engineering and Field Services
City of Cranbrook