Butcher Boys is one of the properties being annexed into the City of Vernon.

Butcher Boys is one of the properties being annexed into the City of Vernon.

Vernon preparing to extend its boundaries

Several annexations going before the provincial government for approval

The City of Vernon is growing.

On Monday, council formally asked the provincial government to approve 18 separate annexations covering 148.5 hectares into Vernon from the two adjacent electoral areas.

“Those have been sitting in the queue for awhile,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

The largest annexation is 10 parcels along Pleasant Valley Road, including Butcher Boys.

“It makes sense for them,” said Mund of those property owners pursuing development activities.

“It’s more cost-effective to hook up to the city sewer.”

There are also four lots near the landfill, with annexation allowing the boundaries of those properties to be reconfigured.

The other parcels being annexed are on Agassiz Road, off of Old Kamloops Road, and on Silver Star Road, near Star Road.

Vernon residents had 30 days to oppose the annexations and by the Dec. 1 deadline, only one petition had been received.

It’s not known when the annexations will be approved by the provincial government.