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Alternative Approval Process

The alternative approval process is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. More here.

ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS: WASTEWATER UPGRADE LOAN AUTHORIZATION BYLAW INFORMATION

The District of Clearwater Council intends to adopt Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 235, 2020 to finance the cost of wastewater upgrades that will be repaid over a period not to exceed fifteen (15) years. It is estimated that the borrowing will result in a fee increase for the average residential property of $114.50 per year. The sewer upgrades will provide a sustainable wastewater system for the community and allow for future growth.

Why upgrade the wastewater treatment facilities?

In recent years, during peak summer flow conditions, the District has had challenges achieving the wastewater treatment requirements outlined in the District’s Ministry of Environment operating permit. This is happening because the flow and concentration of wastewater being treated by the District’s wastewater treatment plant occasionally exceed the treatment capacity of the plant. Upon completion of the subject project, the District’s wastewater treatment plant capacity will be increased to treat current and future (±20 year) flows.

Additional Information About Elector Eligibility

In order to sign an elector response form in relation to the alternative approval process (AAP), a person must either be a resident elector or a non-resident property elector.

A resident elector is an individual who is entitled to sign an elector response form during an AAP by virtue of living within that jurisdiction. When signing an elector response form, a resident elector must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Have lived in the jurisdiction (e.g. municipality) for at least 30 days;
  • Live in the area defined for the AAP; and,
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

A non-resident property elector is an individual that does not live in a jurisdiction and who is entitled to sign an elector response form during an AAP by virtue of owning property in that jurisdiction. When signing an elector response form, a non-resident property elector must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Have owned property in the jurisdiction (e.g. municipality) for at least 30 days;
  • Own property in the area defined for the AAP; and,
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign an elector response form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, that owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the response form on their behalf. Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions.

Contact:
Leslie Groulx
Chief Administrative Officer
phone: 250-674-2257
cao@docbc.ca

Links:

Invite to Information Meeting

Press Release

Notice of Alternative Approval Process

DRAFT Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 235, 2020

Statutory Approval

Staff Report to Council

Calendar of Key Days

Report Alternative Approval Process Elector calculation

Elector Response Form

Map: Sewer Service Area