District of North Vancouver council has issued a development permit for the construction of a backup power building, fuel vault, gatehouse building, and other infrastructure at the Capilano River Regional Park.
WSP Global Inc. had applied on behalf of the owner of the properties, Metro Vancouver, to construct a new backup power building that will provide water pumping capabilities during power outage events.
Construction is proposed for early next year.
The Metro Vancouver region is supplied with water from three major interlinked sources: the Coquitlam, Seymour, and Capilano reservoirs.
The existing Capilano Raw Water Pump Station (CRWPS), which moves water between the Capilano Reservoir and the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant, currently does not have a source of backup power.
Without backup power for the pumps, water at the Capilano reservoir is not available during power outage events, compromising the integrity of the regional supply.
The development site is within the Capilano River Regional Park, located immediately west of where Capilano Road, Nancy Greene Way, and Prospect Avenue converge.
An existing North Shore Rescue building needs to be relocated to accommodate this proposal. Metro Vancouver has indicated that they will pursue this relocation under a separate permitting process with the District.
The main components of the proposal include a 16,360 square feet backup power building which will house an 8.4 megawatt generator.
An underground diesel fuel vault, and a new gatehouse accommodating onsite workers and security operations will be constructed to replace the existing gatehouse.
The proposed works require 34 trees to be removed due to regrading, siting of structures, and poor tree health.
As part of this proposal, Metro Vancouver will construct off-site improvements along Nancy Greene Way.
These improvements include extended sidewalks, curb letdowns, and realigned vehicle accesses and curb transitions to improve visibility and safety for pedestrians and vehicles