PRRD still gathering information on building inspection service

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For those with questions concerning the Peace River Regional District building inspection service, there’s confirmation the information gathering process continues, but it’s likely to be the spring of next year before there’s anything definitive regarding future bylaw direction.

It’s been nearly a year now since administrative staff started the stakeholder/public feedback process, but Shannon Anderson the deputy Chief Administrative Officer says, there’s still more information to be brought forward to the PRRD Board.

Meantime, it is also important to note again there are current building options available while the district works toward an informed decision regarding the future direction of Building Bylaw number 2131, 2014.

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“It states basically that we provide building inspection services over the entire regional district but we only choose to enforce it over a delineated area within the regional district. There’s a map that shows where it’s mandatory where you shall get a permit. If you lie outside the building permit mandatory zone we will still provide that service but it’s not mandatory. If you require it for your lending institution or insurance purposes you can come in and we’ll provide that service for you.

Mr. Anderson was reluctant to speculate on when the board will receive the staff report and therefore, if and when, a referendum could be expected.

“We need to have further discussions with the rural directors on what the process looks like. We have to come up with questions, what the questions on the referendum should be, and get that all passed through the board. We would bring forward dates for whatever that opinion poll looks like.”

However, it should also be noted again, if a referendum is held it will be non-binding, as it’s a regulatory bylaw, for which there’s no authority to hold a binding vote.

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