Notice for Britannia Beach Property Owners: Debris Flood Control Charge

Jun 04, 2020
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area D

Britannia Beach property owners will notice a Debris Flood Control charge listed on their 2020 Property Tax Notice.

The charge for 2020 represents a per-parcel charge that has been uniformly applied to 202 properties within the Britannia Beach community. The annual amount for each parcel is $31.78. The sum of all combined annual charges totals $6,420, which represents a 20% share of total Debris Flood Control maintenance and replacement costs.

The Britannia Beach Ocean Front Development Corporation has also incurred a property tax charge for the maintenance and replacement of the Debris Flood Control infrastructure.  The charge the developer has incurred equals $435.77 per $100,000 of property value that they own. This results in a total annual charge of $25,680 to the developer, which represents an 80% share of Debris Flood Control maintenance and replacement costs.

These charges are for maintenance and replacement of the Debris Flood Control infrastructure.

By 2028, a sufficient reserve amount will have accumulated through these charges to provide for total replacement of this infrastructure (should replacement be required following a potential debris flow event).  .  At that time, annual charges to property owners will be reduced by 60% to cover maintenance only.

The Debris Flood Control charges cover all costs of maintaining (and replacing) the debris flood control infrastructure. This infrastructure includes the debris net installed on Britannia Creek, and bank stabilization and rip-rap works below the net.  A comprehensive maintenance plan has been put in place by a qualified engineering firm.  This involves both maintaining the debris net, and maintaining the creek channel through removal of sedimentation build-up.

While some community assets have been temporarily taken ‘offline’ (e.g. the Community Hall), the debris flood control infrastructure is still protecting other essential community assets such as the Fire Hall, the Copper Drive Bridge and the community’s water and sewer system.  It is important that the debris flood control infrastructure be properly maintained and managed to help protect these critical community assets.

The SLRD understands and appreciates that the community may have concerns regarding costs related to the Debris flood control infrastructure, particularly as the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are straining resources across the region.  We trust that Britannia Beach community members recognize the value that the annual $31.78 charge brings in protecting your community’s public amenities and infrastructure for years to come.

For more information, please contact the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

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