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Meeting to discuss progress on Sorrento-Blind Bay incorporation

Incorporation for Sorrento?

Columbia Shuswap residents will discuss the merits of incorporation for Sorrento-Blind Bay next week.

The Incorporation Advisory Committee meeting will take place Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Heights Community Association Hall in Blind Bay.

Incorporation has been under discussion for almost 20 years, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District notes.

Issues to be discussed include: geographical boundaries, taxation, current government services, population density, future development potential, road networks, property assessments and agricultural land.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing funded the incorporation committee and a study that looked at two options – incorporation vs. division of the current Electoral Area C into two electoral areas.

The district says with population growth in the area, the status quo was not an option. Electoral Area C has a population of approximately 8,000 while some CSRD electoral areas have only 500.

"It would be extremely unusual for the province to allow an electoral area to have two directors. Difficult to govern that way should the two directors disagree," committee meeting notes state.

The meeting will be the first of five dedicated to a review of an incorporation consultants' services.

A decision on incorporation would have to get public approval through a referendum before any change could be made.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will include an opportunity for questions and input.

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