Area C Governance Study


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.  

View Report (PDF)

View Appendices

View Figures

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.

CSRD Contact

Lynda Shykora
Deputy Manager, Corporate Administrative Services
T: 250.833.5939

For those that are interested, the information below pertains to the Area C Governance Study process that has now concluded.
Do you live or own property in Sunnybrae, Tappen, White Lake, Blind Bay, Sorrento, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill or another Area C community? Have you ever wondered what services the regional district provides, how service decisions are made, or how you can express your views as decisions are made?
The Area C Governance Study will answer these questions and offer opportunities for residents and owners throughout Area C to share their perspectives. What’s working? What’s not? What should be done differently?

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.

Electoral Area 'C' Map 

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00 PM, Cedar Heights Community Centre

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 PM, Carlin Hall 

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:00 PM, Blind Bay Community Hall

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:00 PM, Sorrento Memorial Hall

Committee Agendas & Minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00 pm, Cedar Heights Community Centre

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 pm, Carlin Hall 

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:00 pm, Blind Bay Community Hall

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:00 PM, Sorrento Memorial Hall

News Releases

Background Documents

Regional District Governance & Services (October 2016)

Area C Governance & Services: Overview (October 2016)

Study Brochure (May 2017)

Governance Study Interim Report

Public Engagement Findings - June 26, 2017

Area C Governance Final Report

Area C Governance Appendices to Report

Chapter 6 Figures to Final Report


Project Contacts

Committee Chair

Steve Wills

CSRD Contact

Lynda Shykora
Deputy Manager, Corporate Administrative Services
T: 250.833.5939