The revision is a result of input received during the 2013 Community Conversation, whereas Draft Building Bylaw 2131, 2014 was asked to better reflect the former system under Bylaw 1189, 1999.

The new Draft Building Bylaw 2131, 2014 is replacing the current Building Bylaw No. 1996, 2011.

Bylaw No. 1996, 2011, requiring building permits for construction in all areas of the Regional District, first came into effect March 18, 2013, but since then, it’s been met with opposition from many rural residents.

Within the contentious bylaw, building permits are required when constructing or altering a structure over 10 square metres, or constructing a deck over two metres off the ground. However, farm buildings, as well as sheds and greenhouses under a certain size, are exempt.

Primarily, the public’s frustration was a result of the bylaw being brought in without public consultation, as well as the large cost and extra work involved in having the PRRD oversee every step of construction.

The Bylaw was then rescinded in November of 2013, and again implemented in December of the same year.

The first meeting is being held on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre in the Aspen room.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, while copies of the draft bylaw can be found at Regional District offices in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

For more information, contact the district at 250 784 3200.