Area C Governance Study
The Area C Governance Study has now concluded.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) received Provincial Government funding for a Governance Study in Electoral Area C of our regional district in 2016. The governance study process was over one year in duration, involving a CSRD appointed Committee consisting of representatives from various communities within Area C, along with an extensive public community engagement process.
The purpose of the Governance Study was to:
- Document and assess the current state of governance and service delivery in the South Shuswap;
- Understand the concerns and interests of residents with respect to governance and service delivery;
- Identify future governance and service delivery options for the Electoral Area.
The Area C Governance Committee concluded in June, 2017 with a Final Report and a recommendation to the CSRD Board.
Steve Wills, Chair of the Area C Governance Committee, and Allan Neilson, Neilson-Welch Consulting, presented the findings of the governance study to the Board on August 17, 2017. The CSRD Board fully supported the recommendations of the Committee and has adopted the following resolutions:
THAT: as recommended unanimously by the Area C Governance Committee at its June 29, 2017 meeting, the Board endorse the following recommendation:
Based on its review of the current governance and service delivery frameworks, the South Shuswap Governance Committee recommends to the CSRD Board of Directors that a restructure study for Electoral Area C be undertaken and that the restructure study examine two options:
- The incorporation of a portion of the electoral area; and
- The division of the current Electoral Area into two Electoral Areas.
THAT: the Board submit a funding request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, for a structure Study that would examine two options:
- an incorporation study area; and
- a determination of the exact boundaries for two Electoral Areas in Electoral Area C.
THAT: staff be directed to request a meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing at the 2017 UBCM Convention to provide an update on the Governance Study initiative and to request funding support to undertake a formal restructure study.
Deputy Manager, Corporate Administrative Services
How do you feel about the current model for Area C?
The study will explore the current structure of regional district governance and will reach out to Area C communities to understand their interests and concerns. The study will assess the need for change and will identify future options to improve the way Area C is governed and the way local services are delivered.
The Final Area C Governance Study Report, including the outcomes of the study’s public involvement process, is expected to be presented to the CSRD Board of Directors in the fall of 2017.
The first step in the process is to provide opportunities for Area C residents and property owners to learn more about their community and their current system of local government.
Electoral Area C Governance Study Overview – Getting to Know Area C
The Electoral Area C Governance Study Overview – Getting to Know Area C, highlights important aspects of the local government system in British Columbia, and more specifically, local governance and service provision in Area C.
Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) Governance Study Interim Report
The Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) Governance Study Interim Report provides a comprehensive view of the overview content.
Check the Document Centre below for other informative documents.
We Want to Hear From You!
There are many opportunities throughout the spring of 2017 to learn more and to share your views. Sign-up for email updates, attend an open house or a presentations in your community, or complete a study survey.
To Complete a Survey! - Click Here.
Mark Your Calendar – Find an Open House Near You
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Drop In
Discussion Groups: 6:00 pm Start – open to everyone
Monday, May 15 – Sorrento Memorial Hall – 1150 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento
Tuesday, May 16 – Sunnybrae Community Hall – 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, Tappen
Thursday, June 8 – White Lake Community Hall – 3617 Parri Road, Sorrento
Friday, June 9 – Eagle Bay Community Hall – 4326 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay
Tuesday, June 13 – Notch Hill Town Hall – 1639 Notch Hill Road, Sorrento
Wednesday, June 14 - Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre (Lodge) - 2905 Centennial Drive, Blind Bay
Committee Meeting, Agendas, Minutes
Note: All Governance Study Committee Meetings are open to the public. The Governance study is led by the Governance Study Committee, together with a local government consultant engaged by the Regional District. Twelve Area C residents, representing a broad range of local communities and interests, have been appointed to the Committee by the Regional District Board of Directors. The Electoral Area C Director is an ex-officio member of the Committee. The work of the Study Committee and the consultant will be shared openly with the public and informed thorough community engagement processes. (Committee Terms of Reference)
Committee Meeting Dates & Locations
Committee Agendas & Minutes
Deputy Manager, Corporate Administrative Services