British Columbia

‘One Hectare Policy’ in BC Discussed at UBCM

The Mayor of Vernon played a key role in keeping a regulation in place involving septic tank use.

During the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in September, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen brought forward a resolution to do away with the ‘One Hectare Policy.’

The regulation in question does not permit any property less than one hectare in size being subdivided and then having septic tanks put in place.

“The one hectare rule is very important. It prevents municipalities in the Okanagan and across B.C., but mainly in the Okanagan where we’re concerned, of subdividing land below one hectare and putting septic tanks on it, because we have no way of regulating septic tanks, and a lot of the old septic tanks are failing and there’s no way to enforce property owners to have the septic tanks function effectively,” Mayor Victor Cumming explained.

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