City of Castlegar introduces incentive to aid in consolidating parcels

Castlegar's city council has adopted what they are calling the Lot Line Consolidation Incentive Program.

  • May. 4, 2016 6:00 a.m.

In order to acknowledge complaints and concerns surrounding the city’s new parcel tax from property owners that own more than one parcel of land, Castlegar’s city council has adopted what they are calling the Lot Line Consolidation Incentive Program.

Castlegar’s new parcel tax will see $150 added annually to each parcel within the city for the next ten years. Provincial legislation stipulates that when imposing a parcel tax, the tax must be applied to all parcels in the city.

The purpose of the program is to assist property owners with legally removing lot lines that bisect their homes. The majority of these parcels are located in an area defined by subdivision plan 650, which was completed in 1897. This area is located in the downtown, north end of Castlegar east of Columbia Ave. The typical size of a parcel in the original plan 650 area is 30 feet by 100 feet and it was common for a property owner to acquire two or more parcels and straddle their homes over lot lines.

In some cases, it may be advantageous for property owners to remove interior lot lines and consolidate their property into one parcel, thereby saving $150 each year per parcel they remove.

The new policy would see the city credit back parcel tax levies once homeowners have legally consolidated their property. The program will be made available until the end of 2017, giving property owners a little over a year and a half to complete the process.

To take advantage of this program, property owners should contact the Department of Development Services for more information and to see if they qualify.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

Kootenay teachers’ union going to labour relations board over COVID-19 related work conditions

Union issues open letter to premier, education minister, health minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Two men killed in Hwy 3 collision west of Castlegar

The single-vehicle incident happened Thursday morning

Rec commission applies for grant for Castlegar Community Complex upgrades

Arena roof repairs and fitness centre expansion included in proposal

Central Mountain Air to offer flights out of Castlegar

The company will be offering Castlegar to Vancouver flights October 1.

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read