Chilliwack homeowners might see a slow-moving van taking photos of their houses next week.
But don't worry, it's BC Assessment, which is using new technology to update photos used for property assessment purposes.
"As the Crown corporation responsible for accurately valuing all properties in B.C., we are always looking for innovative ways to provide more timely, accurate, equitable and fair assessments to all property owners," Fraser Valley region acting assessor John Green said in a press release.
"Along with Mission, Chilliwack marks the final community in order to complete this innovative project for the entire Fraser Valley region."
The residential photo update initiative will take streetf ront photos of approximately 19,500 single family homes throughout Chilliwack.
Privacy may be a concern to some residents, but BC Assessment says it will not retain images of people on properties, interior images of residents and visible signage (excluding address signs) including vehicle licence plates.
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for B.C. said it does not approve or reject programs run by public bodies but it was consulted by BC Assessment about the program.
This does not prevent the OIPC from investigating if concerns arise in the future, according to spokesperson Cara McGregor.
"That being said, we have not received any complaints related to the photographs taken by BC Assessment for the evalue site," she told the Times via email.
The BC Assessment project began in 2012, at which time part of the Fraser Valley was photographed. By now, much of Metro Vancouver and the rest of the province has been completed.
. The target start date for the digital imaging in Chilliwack is Nov. 4.
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