Vernon Morning Star

Annexation bid reveals political rift

Director Rob Sawatzky believes the Regional District of North Okanagan board should have supported a property owner
Director Rob Sawatzky believes the Regional District of North Okanagan board should have supported a property owner's wish to join Vernon.
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There are clear differences when it comes to the City of Vernon's boundary expanding.

All Regional District of North Okanagan directors, except for the four Vernon representatives, decided Wednesday not to support an application from a property on Barker Road in the BX to join Vernon.

"It erodes the fabric of the electoral areas," said BX-Silver Star director Mike Macnabb.

The applicant wants to join the city so he can access city sewer and replace his septic system.

RDNO is calling on Vernon to provide sewer to the property without the land being annexed.

However, city director Rob Sawatzky insists that isn't possible.

"We can't cherry-pick city services and we have to be consistent with city policy," he said of current rules which link access to sewer with annexation.

The final decision on the annexation application rests with the provincial government.

Look for more details in Friday's Morning Star.


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