Do you live in Pemberton?
Yes. It’s a confusing question.
In 2011, a somewhat piecemeal boundary expansion was done, that brought the community’s watershed and southern boundary into Village jurisdiction, but still left a lot of gaps, confusing service areas, and despite the arduous process, didn’t really fully represent “the functional boundaries of the Village of Pemberton” once complete.
Two studies were conducted in the intervening years looking at the issues related to boundary extension and jurisdictional overlap between the SLRD and Village of Pemberton, like community identity, land use planning, service delivery, representation and independent power projects.
Now, the Village of Pemberton is moving forward with a boundary extension proposal that will bring several major nodes into the Village boundary: including the revenue-generating IPPs at Miller Creek and the Rutherford, the Pemberton North area currently already serviced by VoP water, the Industrial Park, and the remaining properties on Highway 99 (from Harrow Road to Pemberton Farm East), that weren’t pulled into the 2011 boundary extension.
These changes have the potential to clarify (and remove) a lot of overlapping jurisdictions.
It will increase the population of the Village of Pemberton by about 500, bringing it to closer to 3000 (and dropping SLRD Area C down to about 1100 residents.)
Note: Area C residents will not have any say in this process. Only the Area C residents whose properties will be brought into the new Village of Pemberton will have the opportunity to vote on the referendum question, during the November 2018 election.
Properties brought into the Village will likely pay higher taxes, although that may be offset by a decrease in fire insurance, or a decrease in water and sewer rates. The Village’s FAQ says that analysis of financial implications is currently being undertaken and will be available at the upcoming Boundary Extension Open House on Tuesday, April 25th, 6pm-8pm at Signal Hill Elementary School.