The Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a landowner who petitioned a municipal drain and then withdrew the petition is still on the hook for engineer's costs already incurred before the withdrawal. The landowner had petitioned to have his property added to another municipal drain that was being petitioned by neighbouring landowners. However, when he learned of the cost of joining the drain and when his drainage problems appeared to be alleviated by a neighbour's private drainage works, the landowner sought to withdraw his own petition.
The Tribunal found that the landowner should be responsible for the added costs of the engineer related to surveys and designs for extending the drainage works onto the withdrawing landowner's lands. A ruling was made that the $7,500 cost would be assessed to the non-participating landowner as a special benefit assessment.
Read the decision at: Van Driel Drain.