The Sorrento-Blind Bay Municipality boundary is considerably smaller than the boundary for C1 for a number of reasons, three of which are particularly important:
Roads — The provincial Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) is responsible for all local roads in electoral areas throughout British Columbia, including in any future Area C1. When an unincorporated area chooses to incorporate, responsibility for roads shifts from MOTI to the new municipal government. This transfer of responsibility gives municipalities control over decisions related to roads; however, it also imposes considerable costs onto local taxpayers. The area for a Sorrento-Blind Bay Municipality was sized to minimize the total number of local road kilometres that municipal taxpayers would be expected to maintain and fund. The same consideration was not a factor in setting the boundary for Area C1.
Agricultural Land Reserve — An effort was made to minimize the amount of ALR land in within the Incorporation Study Area. Such land is protected from urban and semi-urban development that is more likely to occur in a municipality than in an electoral area.
Class 9 (Farm) — Properties classified by BC Assessment as Class 9 (Farm) enjoy a greater range of tax exemptions in unincorporated areas than within municipalities. Accordingly, an effort was made to minimize the number of such properties in the Incorporation Study Area.