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Client Bulletins 2011

December 2011

21Dec
2011

Accessory Uses - Keeping Up With the Times

A standard definition of an accessory use in many zoning bylaws in British Columbia is “customarily incidental to and subordinate to” a...

October 2011

31Oct
2011

Election Contact Information

We confirm that our lawyers will be available throughout election day on Saturday, November 19 to deal with your election questions.

05Oct
2011

Definition of Employee for Election Purposes

Employees of a local government who want to run for office with their local government must take a leave of absence during the nomination...

July 2011

21Jul
2011

Aeronautics Act Zoning Regulations

CBC News has recently reported that an overheight building at the Crown Isle Resort development near the Comox Valley airport could limit...

05Jul
2011

Court of Appeal Scuttles Riparian Area “Variance” Procedure

The B.C. Court of Appeal has held, in a unanimous judgment in Yanke v. Salmon Arm (City), that a hardship-based “variance” process that...

June 2011

23Jun
2011

Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation Rolled Out

Effective on June 21, 2011 the Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation is in force. The regulation was made under s. 692 of the Local Government...

03Jun
2011

Councillor Convicted for Disclosure of Personal Information

In a May 24, 2011 Provincial Court decision in R. v. Skakun a Prince George councillor was found guilty of breaching section 30.4 of the...

April 2011

19Apr
2011

OCP and Consistency

On April 18, 2011, in Residents and Ratepayers of Central Saanich Society v. District of Central Saanich [2011 BCSC 491], the Court held...

March 2011

25Mar
2011

Castlegar Successfully Defends Remedial Action

Local governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the use of remedial action requirements to address nuisance properties in...

09Mar
2011

The Constitutional Duty to Consult First Nations

In Reasons for Judgment delivered yesterday in the case of Adams Lake Indian Band v. British Columbia, the British Columbia Supreme Court...

February 2011

22Feb
2011

No Liability in Nuisance for Canada Line Construction

In a significant decision for local governments, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Heyes...

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