The Province of BC has officially approved the creation of the newest Electoral Area in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) effective November 17, 2022.
Electoral Area G will include the communities of Sorrento, Blind Bay and Notch Hill.
The creation of the two new Electoral Areas was the outcome of the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Study. Once residents voted against incorporation, the default outcome of the study was to move ahead with dividing Electoral Area C into two Electoral Areas − each with its own elected Director.
Due to population growth in Electoral Area C, splitting the region into two areas and adding an additional Director will create a more equal distribution of elected representation across the region.
The vote for the new Director for Electoral Area G will be included in the General Local Government Elections set for October 15, 2022. The CSRD has also created interactive mapping on its Elections 2022 webpage, which allows residents to type in their address and confirm which Electoral Area they will be voting in.
The new Electoral Area G will come into existence with similar services and taxation rates as the current Electoral Area C.
The addition of a new Director will bring the CSRD Board of Directors to 12 members. Seven members are elected directly in each rural electoral area, while the remaining five are appointed from the CSRD’s member municipalities of Golden, Revelstoke, Sicamous and Salmon Arm.
Due to its population, the City of Salmon Arm appoints two members to the Board of Directors.