By Lindsey Stuckless
The Haldimand Press
JARVIS—Two development projects cannot begin building until wastewater servicing capacity is increased in Jarvis.
Haldimand County Council received the 2018 water and Wastewater Servicing report on March 26, 2019, which showed Jarvis had sufficient water servicing capacity but that wastewater servicing capacity is currently insufficient for any new proposed developments.
County staff were already aware of the need to expand wastewater services in Jarvis and have already taken the required steps to update the Jarvis Master Servicing Plan to address the issue. Haldimand previously initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to determine the preferred wastewater treatment alternative to meet the anticipated growth in Jarvis over the next 20 years. The suggestion at this point is to construct a new forcemain to pump the excess Jarvis wastewater to treatment lagoons in Townsend, where capacity is readily available.
A public open house is being held April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jarvis Library to answer questions and gather stakeholder input. Currently, there are two projects that can proceed through developmental planning process, but cannot put the shovel in the ground. The first project is Phase 3 of Jarvis Meadows, which will see 139 single-dwelling homes built. The second project is a commercial car wash that has gone through the pre-construction stage.