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What does a hectare look like?

  • Posted on: 14 October 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

I have had some questions about the "one hectare rule", which was enacted sometime around 2010 at the insistence of the Province of BC. The rationale behind the rule was an increase in septic system failures in residential neighborhoods.  The problem is especially dangerous/expensive for properties located near lakes and other sources of drinking water.  We face a slightly different problem on the West Bench: silty and unstable soils.  Indeed, we just about lost a front end loader in a sinkhole while doing work in Mariposa Park.

 At bottom, the rule means that the minimum parcel sizes specified in the zoning bylaws are subject to "servicing requirements" (basically sewer and adequate water).  Lots without sewer require a septic system and the minimum parcel size for a conventional septic system is now 1 Ha (or about 2.5 acres).

UBCM update

  • Posted on: 3 October 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

I attended the last half of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Victoria last week.  I did not attend on Monday and Tuesday because I had to work.

I mostly attend UBCM for the ministerial meetings and talk to people in an informal setting.  My own priorities for ministerial meetings were:

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