Alternative Approval Process for Bylaw 4326 and 4327, Regional Housing First Program

The Capital Regional District ("CRD") Board proposes to adopt Bylaw No. 4326 “Land Assembly, Housing and Land Banking Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2019” to remove the limitations to borrowing and Bylaw No. 4327, “Regional Housing First Program Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1, 2019” to authorize the borrowing of an additional ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for the Land Assembly, Housing and Land Banking Service. The intent of Bylaws No. 4326 and 4327 is to extend the Regional Housing First Program for a total contribution of $120M, with the intention of meeting the original program goal of 400 units of affordable housing. Adoption of both bylaws is required in order to receive $10M in matching funds from BC Housing.

Elector Approval

The CRD may proceed with Bylaws No. 4326 and 4327 with the consent of 2/3rds of service participants, or at least 11 of the 16 local governments within the Capital Regional District. In order to adopt the bylaws, the CRD Board requires elector approval. Elector approval on behalf of the municipalities will be considered by the municipal Councils. Elector approval in the electoral areas of the CRD will be sought via an Alternative Approval Process.

Alternative Approval Process - Electoral Areas

In the electoral areas, elector assent is obtained through an alternative approval process (AAP). This involves publicizing statutory ads that provide notice of the proposed amendments. If electors object, they complete an elector response form and submit it to the CRD. If more than 10% of eligible electors object, assent is not obtained. The 10% threshold is as follows in each electoral area:

  • 910 electors within the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area
  • 500 electors within the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area
  • 575 electors within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area

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Elector response forms may also be obtained and submitted at the following CRD offices, during their regular office hours:

CRD Headquarters
625 Fisgard Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1R7

Juan de Fuca Administration
3 - 7450 Butler Road
Sooke, BC V9Z 1N1

Salt Spring Island Administration
108 - 121 McPhillips Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T6

Deadline for Submitting an Electoral Response Form

Signed elector response forms must be completed and returned before 4pm on February 18, 2020. The form may be delivered to the CRD offices listed above or mailed to those same offices, provided the form is received prior to the submission deadline.

Elector Qualifications

Resident Elector: You are entitled to submit an elector response form as a Resident Elector if you are 18 years or older on the date of submission of the elector response form, are a Canadian citizen, have resided in British Columbia for 6 months and in the Salt Spring Island, Juan de Fuca or Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Areas of the Capital Regional District for at least 30 days prior to signing the elector response form.

Non-Resident Property Elector: You may submit an elector response form as a Non-Resident Property Elector if you are 18 years or older on the date of submission of the elector response form, are a Canadian citizen, have resided in British Columbia for 6 months, have owned and held registered title to property in the Salt Spring Island, Juan de Fuca or Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Areas of the Capital Regional District for 30 days and do not qualify as a Resident Elector. If there is more than one registered owner of the property (either as joint tenants or tenants in common) only one individual may, with the written consent of the majority, submit an elector response form.

Documents

Contacts

Regarding Bylaw 4326 & 4327:

Christine Culham, Senior Manager, Regional Housing
Tel: 250.360.3371
Email

Regarding the Alternative Approval Process:
Legislative Services
Tel: 250.360.3024
Email