In response to a request from the Denman Island Seniors and Museum Society, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors is considering an amendment to Bylaw No. 564 being “Denman Island Community Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw, 1992” that would amend the Denman Island Community Hall Service to provide funding for the Community Hall and Denman Activities Centre and increase the maximum requisition.

As amending the service establishment bylaw requires elector approval, the CVRD is directly engaging citizens about the proposed bylaw through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP).  The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has approved use of an AAP for this process, which is less expensive than undertaking a referendum.

Please review the links below for information regarding the AAP, response forms, deadlines and more.  

Project Overview

At its October 2, 2018 meeting, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors proposed to adopt Bylaw No. 564 “Denman Island Community Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw, 1992, Amendment No. 2” that would amend the Denman Island Community Hall Service by:

  1. Expanding the purpose to provide operational and capital funding for the Community Hall and Denman Activities Centre; and
  2. Increasing the maximum requisition from the greater of $14,620 or $0.16 per $1000 of assessed value to the greater of $75,508 or $0.20 per $1000 of assessed value.

In general terms, the bylaw change would authorize the CVRD to provide funding to help support the operations and capital requirements of the Denman Island Community Hall and the Denman Activities Centre. The bylaw would also increase the maximum amount of taxes that could be collected from property owners to deliver the service.

The current maximum requisition is equivalent to $62.41 for a residential property assessed at $400,000 whereas the proposed maximum requisition would be equivalent to $78.01 for the same property. This does not mean that taxes for this service will increase to the maximum available as financial plans are adopted annually based on the service needs at the time. Rather, this change creates the flexibility for the service to respond to public expectations and demands.

Further information may be obtained from the following reports regarding this matter:

AAP - Background

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) enables local governments to directly engage citizens about certain matters requiring elector approval.  An AAP is less expensive than undertaking a referendum. Prior to undertaking an AAP, the Inspector of Municipalities (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) must first approve the process. On October 30, 2018, the CVRD received approval from the Inspector of Municipalities to undertake an AAP for Bylaw No. 564 being “Denman Island Community Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw, 1992, Amendment No. 2”.

During an AAP eligible electors have at least 30 days from the publication of the second public notice to submit elector response forms to the local government Corporate Officer. When 10% or more of the eligible electors sign and submit response forms, the local government cannot proceed with the matter proposed in the bylaw without first holding an assent vote.

Electors may prefer an AAP because they have at least 30 days to express their opinion and submit their response forms – rather than being limited to appearing in person on two or three designated days or having only the two required opportunities (advance voting and general voting day) to cast a ballot during assent voting.

AAP - Timeline

In accordance with Section 86 of the Community Charter, eligible electors must have at least 30 days from the publication of the second notice to submit elector response forms to the local government Corporate Officer during an AAP.

The statutory Public Notices associated with this AAP will be published in the Comox Valley Record on December 6 and 13, 2018. 

The deadline for delivering the signed Elector Response Forms to the CVRD has been set for 4:30 pm on January 17, 2019.    

Elector Response Forms

Elector Response Form

The CVRD Board of Directors has established the required format for responses through an Elector Response Form. Only those eligible electors that oppose the adoption of the Bylaw No. 564 need to complete and return Elector Response Forms by the deadline oultined below.   

In addition to these forms being made available on this web page, they also may be obtained from the CVRD Office, located at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay. Elector Response Forms may only be signed by eligible electors of the Denman Island Community Hall Service area. Electors who are unable to access the forms by these means may contact the CVRD at 250-334-6000.

The deadline for delivering the signed Elector Response Forms to the CVRD is 4:30 pm on January 17, 2019.  Postmarks will not be accepted as date of submission. 

Completed Elector Response Forms may be submitted in person, by mail, email or fax however they must include the elector’s signature. Forms must be received by the deadline in order to be counted. Completed responses can be submitted to: 

Comox Valley Regional District
Attention: Corporate Legislative Officer
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
 

Fax: 250-334-4358
 
Email: administration@comoxvalleyrd.ca
Elector Eligibility

An eligible elector for the purpose of the Alternative Approval Process is the same as for a general local election. An eligible elector must be a resident who meets the following criteria:

  • Is age 18 or older;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Has been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Has been a resident of the participating area (Denman Island) for at least thirty days; and,
  • Is not disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act.

A non-resident property owner who meets the following criteria is also an eligible elector:

  • Is not entitled to register as a resident;
  • Is age 18 or older;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Has been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Has been a registered owner of real property within the participating area (Denman Island) for at least thirty days; and
  • Is not disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act.

Note that if there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person (with the consent of the majority of the owners) may vote as a non-resident property elector. In addition, corporations are not entitled to vote.

More Information

If you would like more information regarding the AAP or another related matter, please contact the CVRD at:

Comox Valley Regional District

600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC  V9N 3P6

Tel: 250-334-6000
Toll-free: 1-800-331-6007
Fax: 250-334-4358

Corporate Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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