Burford Water and Wastewater Servicing and Drainage Plan

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The County of Brant is pleased to engage with the Burford community regarding alternatives for water and wastewater services. Your input will be very important to the outcome of this project.

Why is the County considering water and wastewater alternatives for Burford?

  • It is time for road reconstruction and consideration for a new stormwater management plan in Burford. When major construction projects occur, it is a good idea to consider what other projects should also be completed. Now is the time to decide if watermain, sanitary sewers and stormwater sewers need to be installed.
  • Many septic systems are at the end of their life expectancy.
  • Some private wells do not meet Ontario Drinking Water Standards.
  • It is time to revitalize downtown Burford to promote a vibrant downtown core.

You likely have questions about water and wastewater services such as:

  • What is the average cost to have water and/or wastewater services for the homeowner or business owner?
  • How will construction impact me?
  • How will this effect community growth?
  • How will this effect my water quality and taste?
  • What ongoing maintenance will be required?
  • How will this impact fire services?

You likely have other questions. Please ask them. We are listening.

We are at the beginning stages of this conversation with the Burford community so please tell us what you like, what you are concerned about and what questions you have. This will help shape the overall plan.

The County of Brant is pleased to engage with the Burford community regarding alternatives for water and wastewater services. Your input will be very important to the outcome of this project.

Why is the County considering water and wastewater alternatives for Burford?

  • It is time for road reconstruction and consideration for a new stormwater management plan in Burford. When major construction projects occur, it is a good idea to consider what other projects should also be completed. Now is the time to decide if watermain, sanitary sewers and stormwater sewers need to be installed.
  • Many septic systems are at the end of their life expectancy.
  • Some private wells do not meet Ontario Drinking Water Standards.
  • It is time to revitalize downtown Burford to promote a vibrant downtown core.

You likely have questions about water and wastewater services such as:

  • What is the average cost to have water and/or wastewater services for the homeowner or business owner?
  • How will construction impact me?
  • How will this effect community growth?
  • How will this effect my water quality and taste?
  • What ongoing maintenance will be required?
  • How will this impact fire services?

You likely have other questions. Please ask them. We are listening.

We are at the beginning stages of this conversation with the Burford community so please tell us what you like, what you are concerned about and what questions you have. This will help shape the overall plan.

Your comments

Tell us what you think about adding water and/or wastewater services to Burford?  Ideas, likes, concerns and questions welcome.

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I moved to Burford to escape the explosion of housing about to happen in St, George. I was so sad to see the white and green heritage house on Main St West beside Lions park have the residents moved out and now boarded up. I know the family that had lived there for generations and who moved out of the region. To me, that boarded up heritage home sums up what the county council thinks of their past. nothing, to discard it and not care.
Losing our surrounding farm land forever to poorly designed and built mega home surveys is what most people who moved here were trying to escape from the GTA.
Most people in Burford move here because they want peace and privacy and like having their own water and septic.
I do not want chlorinated water.
Where would all the waste water go? and the water treatment plant be? Its poisoning the fish and life left in the Grand river.
Our current system of supplying water and waste water is safe, but is it really good? good for peoples health and good for the environment???? NO it isn't. Its an old and antiquated system.
If you really wanted to do something to help the downtown businesses, you would research and invest in newer, safer and better systems to supply water and waste services to the businesses while becoming an environmental 'gold star'. Please don't do just same ol same ol,
You have a chance to do something great, new, innovative.
Look at newer technologies and better, safer, and environmentally cleaner ways of supplying services to the downtown. There are all kinds of new government grants and new businesses in this field specializing in new water systems. There is new science out there. Become educated in these transformational systems for the future of our environment.
and Let the residents decide if and when they wish to transition over to those services.
Thank you.

eva V 2 months ago

We moved to Burford a few years ago and enjoy our well and septic. Well water is the best tasting water and it is clean every time it is tested. We want Burford to stay a small community. I am very against this change.

Smith 4 months ago

It would be nice if this brought growth to the town of Burford. Although I hope it doesn't bring too much, I really like the nature around here.

J.Winters 4 months ago

I think this is a great idea. We need to revitalize burford and bring new housing in. The town has been stagnant for too long.

RSmith 4 months ago

This is a big nope for me. We have all watched the ruin of small town Paris and surrounding PRIME agricultural land. What is being proposed is not to benefit the residents of Burford, but to line the pockets of developers and increase our tax dollars. The reason most of us live in Buford is because it's a community, we do not wish to complicate it. Leave our small town alone.

Jjgal 5 months ago

Nobody wants your services. I just had a 100% tax increase to the levels I had before moving here. My septic is new my water is perfect. How about speed enforcement lower posted speed limits. Other than that your government is not a trusted one. So stop your lie’s to the people of Burford. We do not need water and sewer. I will stop any work on my property to the full extent of the law. This town is just fine the way it is.

Hughes 5 months ago

What do I think I think you’re trying to make a small town a city which nobody wants. I think you are going to push this through when nobody wants it. I think I will defend my property if anyone steps on it.

Hughes 5 months ago

Years ago, around the time of the Walkerton crisis with their drinking water, municipalities starting forcing residents to go to water and sewage and they literally had no say after the decision was made. Innerkip was one such town. At that time, I knew a couple that had just recently built their own home and put in a well and septic before this sewer/water was implemented. If you have this you know what and expense that is.
I believe they had a choice of adding a set amount to their taxes or a lump sum of 25000.00 dollars. Of course, most people don’t have that kind of money to throw around so it was added to their existing taxes. The recently dug we’ll also had to be capped and couldn’t even be used for watering the lawn or gardens.
Residents of Burford should think long and hard and voice their opinions regarding this proposal.
I agree that it is likely for the betterment of the constant developers that are inundating our prime agricultural lands.
Paris has become an eyesore off the 403. That housing is a monstrosity and the only ones getting rich are the developers putting up huge housing and raising taxes.
Burford should have some growth, but I don’t think it should look like Paris.

Dutchie65 5 months ago

Although it seems like water / sewage is a great idea it would seem the real purpose for this is to be able to build townhouses and highrises which Burford does not need. I love our little town just the way it is. Especially right now with Covid 19 running rampant, it is so nice to be able to go to a grocery store that does not have a lot of people shopping at the same time, you don't have to stand in line to get in the store and the faces you see are familiar so it doesn't feel like you are coming in contact with a lot of strangers. Everyone in this town is friendly and respectful, we are a community, housing growth takes that away. I feel like more information is required in regards to adding water / sewage system for Burford. What is the cost to homeowners? Where is the water coming from?

vickyjo 6 months ago

I’ve recently moved to burford and replaced my septic tank and bed (high cost) this replacement will have a long life span. In addition to this replacement I updated filters for our well water and improving the quality of water and these replacements again will have a long life span. Another point to consider is that how does the county plan on managing how home owners will pay for connections to sanitary and water services. Further more where is the water coming? Is there plans to develop a new waste water plant and water treatment plant?

Additionally the amount of reconstruction that will be needed and the scope of work needing to be complete will affect older century homes like our home.

I agree with others who dislike what has happen with Paris, fast low quality subdivision homes only raise property taxes not the quality of a community.

I would like to think the county would be better off to spend money on having a truck bypass and additional access to the 403 west of Rest acres. This would extend the life span of the downtown core roads, in my opinion.

MarcosB

MarcosB 6 months ago

As a long time resident of Burford I have a number of questions and concerns. Where will the water come from? Brantford? An artesian well? Brantford water is notoriously awful as it comes from the Grand River.
Secondly as a person who witnessed the absolute ruination of Ancaster when sewers and water was brought into that community I do not want to see the small town atmosphere of Burford destroyed. Look at pictures of Ancaster 50 years ago. A lovely town with large properties, spacious filled with trees. Now it is a high density area, seeing old homes torn down by developers who construct townhouses on these large lots. We are already seeing that here with the proposed and likely approved construction of TWO low rise walk ups on Maple AVe North. It seems the Count of Brant's greed for developer fees knows no limits. So once sewers are brought in what promises do residents have that lots will not be allowed to be divided, the valuable farmland will not be given over to development. The county has lost enormous agricultural land in the area south and north of Paris. The developments in the south end near the 403 are particularly hideous.

Patricia 6 months ago

We do not want water and sewage. Brant County please back off trying to change us. The reason Burford is charming is because of our simplicity, we don’t want to change that.

CAMA 6 months ago

I moved here from Brantford and intentionally bought a property in a low density area with a well and septic. We put an $8,000 RO system in and we pay a considerable amount of property taxes as is. It is completely unfair to even consider forcing tax paying and voting residents to switch to a costly service we not want and do not benefit from. It would be heartbreaking to see this beautiful town become like Paris, the growth there has ruined the simplicity of it. Brant County needs to be more devoted to its current residents and to sustainable development, which this is not. This is about making things easier for new builds, not about making life better for current tax payers.

Marcie 6 months ago

I don’t want water or sewage. Right now if a house goes up for sale in Burford it’s sold immediately. What will happen If this is allowed well they can build more houses so our current house values will decrease-supply and demand, then they will charge us huge money for the installation and monthly upkeep, plus our taxes will double because they will need to build more infrastructure for the increased population. Then since our expenses have increased our quality of life with money and increased traffic will be lower. Not interested county of Brant and if you care about the residents of Burford you will back off and try and fix all the problems you’ve created in Paris with the new housing.

Phil D 6 months ago

Its probably time this was considered for our area. Most of us enjoy our drinking water as its well water with no chlorine. As a Burford resident most of us live here in homes maybe not quite as nice as other areas for the same money. We like our small town, I realize we need some development, but would like to see it limited. I really feel Paris has been destroyed by over development. If you look at our Community we have everything we need handy on a daily basis. We are central. We still have a sense of Community. It would be a shame to ruin it. I am totally against the proposed 80 apartment building be proposed for the former Maple Ave School. We need more housing but this property should remain suburban residential.

Susan Ames 6 months ago

Stop trying to grow my small home town! Our water if fine. We don't want to be another Paris!

BigSteve 6 months ago

I know the people prefer don't want this just the people of Paris didn't want the extreme development that has occurred. Wouldn't be so bad if the house is for spaced and that some of the Heritage trees and open waterways we're left untouched to Developers. No green space, no character, you're destroying what is considered beautiful in these small communities at a rate that is unprecedented. Stop allowing developers destroy everything in their paths. I'm not really sure how Brant County considers is sustainable development?

Constance Hanna 6 months ago

Just moved to burford - septic and well are fine - costs for water can range but our water in Paris for a family of 3 was close to 250 per month and most of it was septic
I do not want town water or septic reason we bought in burford
I also don’t want the building like Paris - this is small town which we love and we don’t need big name convenience like a star bucks

Ccicraigie 6 months ago

seems like they county only wants this because developers are pushing for it so they can jam in more housing nobody wants.

jrwilliams 6 months ago

We just replaced our entire septic system as we just bought in Burford. What will happen to the $20,000 system we just replaced? Do we get money back? Do we keep using it?

Jonolaynie 6 months ago