Opposition to Centennial Field purchase exceeds threshold

Friday, October 4, 2019

The proposed purchase of Centennial Field for the creation of a Community Park will be reconsidered by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s (CSRD) Board of Directors after enough South Shuswap electors submitted forms against the plan during the Alternative Approval Process.

The proposed bylaws would have authorized the CSRD to borrow $1,770,000, for a maximum term of 25 years, to acquire and develop the land into Centennial Field Community Park. The annual costs for this service were to be recovered through the collection of taxes levied against the value of land and improvements for those properties within Electoral Area C (South Shuswap).

In an Alternative Approval Process, the Local Government Act sets out that if at least 10 per cent of the electors in the proposed service area record their opposition to a proposal, it must either proceed to referendum or be abandoned. 

In this case, the number of valid elector responses required to prevent the Board from proceeding with its establishment was 671.

The number of valid elector response forms received by the CSRD was 1,501.

As per the Local Government Act, the CSRD must receive the approval of the electors before it can adopt bylaws to establish a service levy or incur long-term debt. The Alternative Approval Process was selected by the CSRD Board as the legal mechanism to consult the electorate on this matter.

As elector assent was not received, the CSRD Board will now discuss whether to proceed to referendum or discontinue the process at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for October 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM at the CSRD Offices, located at 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm.

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