Alternative Approval Process for North Thompson Geopark Service

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What is the Alternative Approval Process?

The Alternate Approval Process allows the local government to proceed with a proposed action unless at least 10% of the electors within the proposed service area register their opposition within a prescribed period. If at least 10% of the eligible electors register their opposition by submitting a completed Elector Response Form by the deadline, the matter must then proceed to a referendum if the Board wishes to proceed.

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What Service is Being Proposed?

The TNRD Board intends to adopt "North Thompson GeoPark Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 2620, 2017” that will allow for the designation of the corridor from south of Barriere to the northern boundary of Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters) including all of Electoral Areas “A”, “B”, “O”, the District of Barriere and the District of Clearwater as a GeoPark.  If adopted, the service will commence in 2018 and with the designation, the area will actively promote tourism and economic growth in the region.

What are the costs of the service?

The maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the service will not exceed the greater of $150,000 or $0.122 cents per $1,000 of the net taxable value of land and improvements.

The cost to property owners within the service area with a residential property assessed at $145,000 (average residential assessment in 2017) would be $11.30.

How do I register my objection?

Electors indicate their opposition by submitting an Elector Response Form to the Corporate Officer of the Regional District by mail or in person (faxed or emailed submissions will not be accepted). The response of the elector must be in the form established by the Regional District Board.  Forms are available at the link below or from the Regional District Office located on the 4th Floor, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC during regular office hours.  The forms are also available at the Barriere municipal office and the Clearwater municipal office.

Who May Sign the Elector Response Form:  The only persons that may sign and submit an elector response form are eligible electors – either a resident elector or a non-resident property elector.

To determine if you are eligible to sign and submit an elector response form as a resident elector, you must be able to answer YES to all of the following questions:

  • I live in Electoral Area A, B, O, the District of Barriere or the District of Clearwater
  • I am a Canadian citizen
  • I am 18 years old or older
  • I have lived in BC for the last 6 months
  • I have lived in Electoral Area A, B, O, the District of Barriere or the District of Clearwater for the last 30 days
  • I am NOT disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act (committed an election offence)

To determine if you are eligible to sign and submit an elector response form as a non-resident property elector, you must be able to answer YES to all of the following questions:

  • I do not live in Electoral Areas A, B, O, the District of Barriere or the District of Clearwater BUT I do own property there.
  • I am a Canadian citizen
  • I am 18 years old or older
  • I have lived in BC for the last 6 months
  • I have owned my property in Electoral Area A, B, O, the District of Barriere or the District of Clearwater for the last 30 days
  • I am NOT disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act (committed an election offence)

If there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person (with the consent of the majority of the owners) may submit an elector response form.

Special Notes:

No one may submit more than one elector response form (even if you own multiple properties)

Corporations may not submit an elector response form for property owned within the proposed service area.

What is the deadline for submission of an elector response form?

Elector Response Forms must be received either in person or by mail to the TNRD’s Corporate Officer before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 5, 2017.  Postmarks will not be accepted as proof of receipt.  Elector response forms may be delivered in person to the Barriere or Clearwater municipal offices during business hours before the deadline.

How many signatures are needed?

The Regional District has determined that the total number of elector responses required to prevent the Board from proceeding without elector assent is 657.

For an Elector Response Form to be accepted it must meet the following conditions:

Original signatures are required and only forms returned in person or by mail will be counted.  Elector Response Forms may not be returned by email or fax.

An accurate copy of the blank Elector Response Form may be used (download from website or photocopy)

Only eligible electors of Electoral Areas A, B, O, the District of Barriere or the District of Clearwater are entitled to sign the form;

The Elector Response Form must be completed in its entirety, including:

  • full name of the elector
  • the electoral area or municipality must be selected
  • residential address of the elector
  • the elector must indicate whether they are a resident or a non-resident property elector
  • if non-resident property elector is selected, the address of the property in which the person is entitled to vote as a non-resident property elector must be stated.If there are multiple owners, a completed consent form from the majority of other owners is also required
  • signature of the elector
  • date that the form was completed.

The form must be received by the TNRD Corporate Officer at the TNRD office before the deadline. Elector Response forms may be delivered in person to the 4th floor, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC or mailed to #300, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC V2C 2A9. Postmarks will not be accepted as proof of receipt. The Deadline for receipt is 2 PM on Tuesday September 2, 2017.  Completed forms may also be delivered in person to the Barriere or Clearwater municipal offices during regular business hours before the deadline.

Where do I deliver my completed Elector Response Form?

Completed forms must be received by 2 PM on Tuesday September 5, 2017. Postmarks will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District
In person:
4th floor, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC (during regular business hours)
By mail: #300, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC V2C 2A9

District of Barriere (in person only during regular business hours)4936 Barriere Town Road                           

District of Clearwater (in person only during regular business hours): 209 Dutch Lake Road

Public Information Meetings

Wednesday, August 9

Clearwater Municipal Office Mulitpurpose Room
(209 Dutch Lake Road), 6:30 p.m.

Thursday,
August 10

Barriere Municipal Office Multipurpose Room
(4936 Barriere Town Rd.), 6:30 p.m.

 

Do you need more information?

Contact Carolyn Black, Corporate Officer or Andrea Leite, Legislative Services Coordinator by phone (250) 377-8673 or 1-877-377-8673 (toll free in BC) or email election@tnrd.ca