PRRD asked to take action on hazardous structures built without permits

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is trying to make sure a certain set of structures that were built without proper permits are going to see proper action taken.

The structures were built at 9813 River Drive. There is also concern that the buildings are being built in an area that is subject to landslides.

The buildings were not built to PRRD Bylaw specifications.

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According to a report sent to the PRRD, staff is recommending that the Regional Board find the structures to be in a hazardous condition within the meaning of Section 305 of the Local Government Act and require remedial action as set out in the resolution which meets the legislated requirements for a Remedial Action Requirement.

The resolution is: An opportunity for the land owner to provide structural and geo-technical
reports which express the opinion that the remedial work described in the reports can be performed to
safely retain the structures in accordance with PRRD Bylaws.

The 5 options to resolve the situation are:

OPTION 1: That the Regional Board find the subject Property to be in a hazardous condition within the meaning of Section 305 of the Local Government Act and require remedial action as set out in the recommendation.

OPTION 2: That the PRRD require the owner to obtain the required Development Permit and Building Permit within a reasonable time of not more than 120 days. This option would require the owner to obtain a report of structural and geo-technical engineers confirming that the structures and land may be safely retained. This report must be acceptable to the PRRD.

OPTION 3: That the Regional Board place a notice against the title of Lot 1, Block 2, Section 18, Township 83, Range 18, W6M, PRD, Plan 14194, pursuant to Section 57 of the Community Charter, advising that all structures on the land were constructed/placed without building permit and contrary to the development permit and restrictive covenant registered on title.

OPTION 4: That the Regional Board instruct legal counsel to pursue contempt of court proceedings for noncompliance with the Consent Order filed on January 20, 2009.


OPTION 5: That the Regional Board take no further action on the subject property considering there is a covenant and notice already registered on title.

The report includes photos of the property in question.


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