The District of Squamish has bylaws that regulate works and services within our municipal boundary. The bylaw for off-site works and services that is currently regulating developer-driven projects is the Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw. (Please see link the top of the right side menu). This file may take a few seconds to load)This bylaw defines the requirements to which all developments must adhere to ensure new infrastructure complies with current system capacities.
Through the B.C. Climate Action Charter, the District of Squamish has committed to becoming carbon neutral in our operational corporate emissions. The operational maintenance of the assets outlined in the Service Agreement must demonstrate efficiency and align with our goal to achieve carbon neutrality, as per the OCP Part 4: Policies, 22 Energy & Air Quality.
What services and infrastructure are captured in a Service Agreement?
A Service Agreement is drafted to capture any off-site servicing works or infrastructure that affects the project including, but not limited to:
• water connections, main extensions, or upgrades
• sewer connections, main extensions, or upgrades
• drainage or storm connections, main extensions, or upgrades
• roads and sidewalks (access/road networking)
• street signage and lighting
• boulevard landscaping and maintenance
• underground utilities connection on frontage
• property acquisitions or right of ways
STEP 1: Pre-Application Meeting
If off-site services are to be considered in a Land Development proposal, Service Agreement requirements will be initially reviewed during the Pre-Application Meeting.
STEP 2: Additional Service Modeling (if applicable)
A Developer may be required to acquire additional service modeling to confirm offsite services and capacities. This Developer is responsible for covering all associated costs.
STEP 3: Application Review & Revisions
Developers are required to submit a Design Brief and Detailed Design Drawings (DDDs) from a certified Civil Engineer to the District’s Engineering Department for review. Refer to the Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw for drawing requirements. Once the drawings are reviewed, they may be accepted or returned to the Civil Engineer for revisions. This part of any Land Development or Subdivision
process depends on the efficiency of the Civil Engineer to supply adequate drawings, and to resubmit those drawings with updated revised drawings. Timely and costly delays occur when the turnover of the revisions are not immediately returned to District Staff for approval.
STEP 4: Service Agreement Issuance
Once the DDDs have been accepted as final submission, the Developer must provide probable cost of services based on agreed work. This cost estimate is needed to calculate the dollar value required for a security deposit and applicable fees. The Developer must also provide a final PDF of the drawings, payment for any outstanding service modeling costs, and approval from Vancouver Coastal Health for water main (if applicable).
Once the above noted items have been received (including probable cost of services), Staff will draft the Service Agreement and send a Service Agreement Package to the Developer requesting the following deliverables before final issuance:
• two notarized copies of Service Agreement;
• Certificate of Insurance for Developer’s liability insurance co-insuring the District of Squamish (certificate must specifically address all items noted in the Schedule D, Servicing Agreement, ’18. Insurance Coverage’);
• Inspection & Administration Fee (refer to Schedule D, Servicing Agreement, ’24. Inspection & Administration Fee’);
• Security Deposit for 120% of estimated value of Works & Services (refer to Schedule D, Servicing Agreement, ’19. Security Deposit’; and
• A reminder that “As-Built” drawings must be provided at time of request for Substantial Completion (refer to Schedule D, Servicing Agreement, ’13. “As Built” Submission).
A final Service Agreement is sent to the Developer in addition to deposit/fee receipts and a Pre-Construction Meeting request.
STEP 5: Pre-Construction Meeting
At this meeting, the Service Agreement will be reviewed with the Contractor and Civil Engineer, in detail, and will be required to provide:
• Work Safe BC Clearance Letter;
• Traffic Management Plan;
• Contractor’s Insurance; and
• Work schedules and Contractor contact details.
If all requirements are met (refer to Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw Schedule E, Schedule C-1), then District Staff will issue the Developer a Permission to Construct.
STEP 6: Security Funds Returned
The Developer, or their Engineer, may request for a reduction of security funds at multiple times during a development project. The maximum reduction is 90% of security funds prior to the start of the warranty period (i.e. Substantial Completion). All Letter of Credit enquiries should be directed to the Developer’s financer.
NOTE: Only one claim for a release of funds may be requested on a particular project per month.
STEP 7: Substantial Completion & Warranty Period Starts
Once the majority of work is complete, the Developer, or their Engineer, may request Substantial Completion. The following items must be submitted before Substantial Completion is considered:
• Detailed summary of all work claimed to be complete;
• “As-Built” drawings (for requirements refer to the Subdivision & Development Control Bylaw, Schedule A, Section 2);
•Electronic Computer Aided Design (CAD) As-Built drawings should conform to general guidelines in order to facilitate transfer to the District’s Geographic Information System (GIS). For more information, please refer to the Maps & Data section
• Confirmation of contributed assets with actual construction costs must also
District Staff may conduct a site visit(s) to qualify Substantial Completion. If deficiencies are found, the Developer’s Engineer is required to resubmit estimated value of completed work following completion of outstanding work. Once Substantial Completion is approved, the Developer is issued a Certificate of Substantial Completion and the 12-month warranty period commences.
STEP 8: Final Inspection & Cash Deposit Returned
One month prior to the expiration of the 12-month warranty period, District Staff will conduct a Final Acceptance inspection with the Applicant’s Engineer and forward any deficiencies to the Developer. Once all of the deficiencies are completed within a reasonable time and there are no outstanding payments, all security deposits are refunded to the Developer and the off-site infrastructure is turned over to the District for maintenance.
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