Alternative Approval Processes
The Community Charter prescribes two methods by which a local government may seek approval of the electors. These are Assent of the Electors, which is approval by voting, or Alternative Approval Process which allows a Board to proceed with an action unless at least 10% of the electors state their opposition within a prescribed period. If at least 10% of the electors state their opposition to the proposed action, the matter requires the Assent of the Electors if the Board wishes to proceed. The Alternative Approval Process under the Community Charter replaces the Counter Petition Opportunity under the Local Government Act that some may have been familiar with.
"CVRD Bylaw No. 4328 – Saltair Water System Service Loan Authorization (Water Treatment Upgrades - $3,700,000) Bylaw, 2020"
Eligible electors of the Saltair Water System Service Area, within a portion of Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, are advised of an alternative approval opportunity for the adoption of CVRD Bylaw No. 4328. If adopted, Bylaw No. 4328 will authorize the CVRD to borrow up to Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,700,000) for a 20 year period to fund the completion of water treatment upgrades to the Saltair Water System to current municipal standards. This will include all things necessary to acquire property, easements, rights-of-way, licenses, rights or authorities, and the design and construction of the water works.
The CVRD is also seeking grant funding for this project. Borrowing will be based on the actual funds required for the project (up to the maximum established by the bylaw). Should the maximum amount be borrowed, the cost to property owners within the service area will be approximately $270 per parcel, until the debt is retired.
If 10 percent (146) or more of eligible electors within the Saltair Water System Service Area sign and submit an elector response form in opposition to the borrowing, the Board cannot proceed to adopt the bylaw without obtaining assent (referendum) of the electors. Elector Response Forms must be returned to the CVRD by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2021.