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PRRD sub-committee needs time to research building bylaw

A controversial bylaw proposed to regulate farm buildings in rural areas often built without permits, is about to come before the regional district board - again. Area residents likely remember the uproar proposed regulations caused in 2013 and 2014.
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The chair of the Electoral Area Directors Committee, Karen Goodings, says a bylaw may not be the right path to follow.

A controversial bylaw proposed to regulate farm buildings in rural areas often built without permits, is about to come before the regional district board - again.

Area residents likely remember the uproar proposed regulations caused in 2013 and 2014.

On March 24, a regional district sub-committee said it needed more time to craft a full report for the board to consider.

“We are not convinced that putting a bylaw in place is the way to go,” said Karen Goodings, chair of Electoral Area Directors Committee. "We’ve asked staff to do a little bit more research and then we’ll come back to the board.”

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Once the report is before the board, it will decide what - if any - regulations there will be for rural structures.

Goodings said she expects to have something in place in time for the fast approaching construction season.

“I have residents in Area B who are chomping at the bit to find out what’s going to happen,” she said.

The updated bylaw which took effect in 2013 and replaced an earlier 1990s-era version, was rescinded later that year.

The proposed bylaw faced staunch opposition from some rural residents who fear the costs associated with bringing buildings up to codeas well as bureaucratic delays to build future structures on their property.

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