The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is looking for citizens who want to be a part of the upcoming study into the possible incorporation of Sorrento and Blind Bay into a new municipality.
The primary purpose of the Incorporation Study is to provide the electors of Sorrento and Blind Bay with the information and understanding required to make an informed decision on incorporation. The study will conduct a thorough, objective and technical examination of the incorporation option and its implications for residents in the proposed area. It will also contrast the findings with those associated with the proposed "default option" of dividing the existing Electoral Area C into two separate Electoral Areas.
The study will be conducted by a Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Committee, which will be established by the CSRD Board of Directors. The Incorporation Committee will be supported in all stages of its work by an independent, qualified consultant who will report to the committee, but be selected by the CSRD.
The committee, which will include the Electoral Area C Director, will provide oversight and direction on the study process. Once a report is prepared by the consultant, the committee will present the findings to the CSRD Board and then make a recommendation to the Directors on an incorporation referendum or giving further consideration to dividing Electoral Area C into two separate Electoral Areas. This was supported as an alternative option, should an incorporation process not proceed.
The CSRD is looking for 10 to 12 citizens interested in the possible incorporation of Sorrento and Blind Bay to join this committee. To join, potential members must fill out an application form available on the CSRD website, www.csrd.bc.ca under the Electoral Area C tab or by clicking this link. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest forms is Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Potential committee members should be:
- Residents of the proposed incorporation area - Sorrento or Blind Bay;
- Willing to volunteer their time;
- Representative of various community demographics and interests;
- Able to consider the issues surrounding incorporation in a fair and balanced manner.
The time commitment for committee members will consist of monthly meetings with the project consultant beginning this fall. Following this, committee members will be involved in the public engagement process, which will involve four community meetings throughout the study area.