British Columbia's Local Government Act sets out the structure and rules of the regional district and municipal governance. The Act is clear in stating that each electoral area is represented by one, and only one, Electoral Area Director. An electoral area that seeks a greater level of political representation has the option, subject to provincial approval, to pursue local government restructuring through:
- the incorporation of all or a portion of the electoral area
- the transfer, through an electoral area boundary change, of a portion of the electoral area to an adjacent existing electoral area
- the division of the electoral area into two separate areas.
On one occasion in the past, the province did appoint three Electoral Area Directors to represent the Okanagan West Electoral Area when it had a population of close to 30,000. This decision was taken, however, as a special transition measure in anticipation of the ultimate incorporation of the City of West Kelowna.