J.E. Anderson & Associates’ Nanaimo office recently helped the District of Tofino over a one-year period to develop a set of Subdivision Bylaws that were adopted by District council on January 12, 2016.
The District decided to utilize a commonly used document for engineering standards and construction contracts, called Master Municipal Construction Documents (MMCD), prepared by the MMCD Association. The challenge was maintaining specifications that were specific to the District and meshing them with the MMCD. Typically municipalities have to update their engineering standards on a regular basis, which includes reviewing the master document and updating them to meet any changes in statutes or provincial standards. By using MMCD as the master document, the District will only need to review their supplemental specifications, which will reduce staffing resources and costs, since the MMCD is updated on a regular basis by the MMCD Association. In addition, communities typically utilize MMCD when they award contracts for civil works so this change will work well when performing public works as well.
Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Community Sustainability at the District of Tofino, commented that since the new bylaw was introduced the previous week, “at least one applicant’s engineer seemed pleased.”
Jeff Tomlinson, at J.E. Anderson’s Nanaimo office, said, “The team at J.E. Anderson works with a lot of developers and municipal offices, so we are able to provide good insight into how things might work best for both municipalities and the development community.”