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Alta Lake Road sewer project set to move ahead

FIRST LOOK: Q4 financials; WDC credit agreement also on the agenda
Alta sewer map
A diagram showing the affected properties.

A long-contemplated project to connect the last remaining homes in the valley to Whistler’s sewer system will be back in front of council on April 6.

The project seeks to connect 33 homes on Alta Lake Road to the municipal sewer system at a total project cost of $3.6 million.

On April 6, council will consider giving first three readings to local area service bylaws required to finance the project.

The bylaws come on the heels of a formal petition process to affected homeowners conducted from May to August, 2019.

As more than 50 per cent of the 33 parcels (representing more than 50 per cent of the total property value) supported the petition, it was issued a certificate of sufficiency.

“The costs outlined in the petition document reflected the estimated project design and construction cost for the municipal sanitary sewer only, while other costs associated with supplying individual lot pump stations, road resurfacing and landscape remediation will be borne solely by the municipality,” reads a report to council.

“The cost of the design and construction of the sanitary sewer was proposed in the petition at a 50-per-cent cost share (to a maximum of $900,000) between the Local Area Service and the RMOW.”

The RMOW’s portion of the project cost—just under $2.7 million—will come from existing sewer capital reserves.

The owners’ portion of the costs will be recovered via an addition to their parcel taxes over a period of 20 years.

Efforts to hook the last remaining homes in Whistler up to the sewer system date back to at least 2004.

Council will also hear a presentation on the resort’s 2020 Q4 financials at the April 6 meeting, and consider a credit line agreement with the Whistler 2020 Development Corp to finance construction of employee housing on Cheakamus Crossing’s Phase 2 lands.

Find the full agenda and a link to tune in live here.

Pick up Thursday’s Pique for more from council.