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City taking action on six properties with illegal suites

Three duplexes containing six properties that were issued Bylaw Contravention Notices by the City. Photo by Chris Newton
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is going to be taking action against six properties after councillors voted in favour of issuing Bylaw Contravention Notices on the properties’ titles at Monday’s Council meeting.

The City’s Planning Manager Renee Jamurat said that the notices have been put onto the properties’ titles under Section 57 of the Community Charter, which is part of the procedure that local governments need to follow.

The following six properties have been issued the notices:

  1. 8804 – 77 Street PID Number 029-580-838
  2. 8806 – 77 Street PID Number 029-580-846
  3. 9113 – 101 Avenue PID Number 028-982-029
  4. 9111 – 101 Avenue PID Number 028-982-037
  5. 11024 – 104A Avenue PID Number 029-145-007
  6. 11026 – 104A Avenue PID Number 029-144-990

Jamurat explained that the process contains checks and balances to help the City determine whether the illegal suites on the properties can be made to adhere to bylaws.

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In their report, the City’s building inspectors stated that since the suites on the properties contravened zoning and building codes, and were built without permits, they weren’t able to confirm that they were built to code and that there were approvals in place.

Jamurat said that the Bylaw Contravention Notice on the properties’ titles mean that the current and future owners of the properties will be made aware of the issues.

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She said that though titles have been issued for the properties, the City won’t be taking the approach of getting property owners to have the illegal suites removed.

“Our intent is to go through a process where we have any flagged properties to bring those forward in a very logical approach to Council.”

Jamurat said that staff has another set of properties that it’s working on getting notices onto titles but would not divulge any specifics.

According to Jamurat, this is the first time that the City has taken this approach in dealing with illegal suites, due to problems caused by secondary suites only having become an issue in recent years.

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