Years of waiting and speculation over whether Esquimalt’s new sewage treatment plant would ever move forward came to an end Monday night.

Esquimalt council unanimously approved a rezoning application, giving the green light for the project to be built at McLoughlin Point.

The project has been years in the making.

The rezoning application was rejected back in 2014.

The town’s Mayor Barb Desjardins said it came with three things it didn’t have last time: respect, collaboration and listening.

There’s also a $20-million amenities package for Esquimalt, including a $55,000 annual payment in lieu of property taxes and road upgrades.

Even though the application was approved unanimously, some councillors said they still aren’t happy with what’s being proposed, but they didn’t think they could change it this time.

The Capital Regional District board voted in favour of building the plant at McLoughlin Point in September after more than a decade of back-and-forth between municipalities.

The $765-million project will also include a solids processing facility in Saanich.