McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt is the sole choice of the provincially-oappointed sewage board, for siting the sewage treatment plant that will take all raw sewage from Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, View Royal, Colwood and Langford. For all homes and businesses on septic sewers in those municipalities, the Esquimalt site is the recommended to be the receiving and processing site.
The project cost would come in near $765 million, and was identified some time ago as the least expensive option of several that have been on the table for discussion at the CRD.
As recently as late April of this year, Esquimalt council voted unanimously to not allow a single plant at the site, instead saying that McLoughlin Point would only be considered as part of a larger regional system of two or more plants.
Later this month the entire CRD board will make a decision on the recommendation released today, but with time ticking towards the expiration of higher-level government funding, there appears to be little option other than the one presented today, without the region losing significant funding partners.