Hudson’s Hope and BC Hydro Reach a Deal
Hudson’s Hope, B.C. – The battle between the District of Hudson’s Hope and B.C. Hydro over the construction of the Site C dam, appears to be over.
BC Hydro and the District of Hudson’s Hope have reached a Partnering Relationship Agreement which will see BC Hydro provide a cash and construction commitment.
Under the agreement, a new Community Engagement committee will be established to ensure there is a transparent flow of information and means to resolve any issues that may arise.
BC Hydro also agrees to:
- Work with the District and fund the revitalisation of a residential sub-division that will provide additional serviced lots, supporting long term housing options for the community and BC Hydro’s local employee attraction and retention efforts.
- Build and maintain a demonstration home in the revitalized neighbourhood, and make it available to a local doctor or other essential community services professionals.
- Build and operate a permanent boat launch, including a seasonal dock and day use area, at the base of DA Thomas Road.
- Provide approximately $1-million in funding to the District, including:
- A one-time donation of $268,000 to the District to establish a Community Trust Fund to support community facilities and infrastructure.
- A one-time payment of $442,000 in recognition of District lands affected by the Site C project.
- $150,000 for enhancement of Alwin Holland Park or other community shoreline recreation areas.
- A contribution of $80,000 to support the District in making updates to its community plans to reflect the construction and operation of the Site C project.
- Provide a one-time contribution of $20,000 to support District emergency rescue services.
Hudson’s Hope had been battling the project for more than two years as BC Hydro’s purchase of properties that are along the Peace River meant a significant drop in the tax base for the District . While waterfront properties are desirable, such properties won’t be available when the reservoir for SiteC is complete as permanent structures would not be allowed due to new statutory rights- of- way.