Alternate Approval Process (AAP)

Notices and documents associated with upcoming AAPs will appear at the bottom of this page. 

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Under section 86 of the Community Charter, local governments such as the District of Ucluelet may use an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw or other matter requiring elector approval. The AAP allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward for various municipal matters such as boundary extensions, long-term borrowing, changes to municipal classification, and disposal of park land. 

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) allows a Council to proceed with an action unless at least ten per cent (10%) of the electors state their opposition within a prescribed period. If more than ten per cent (10%) of the electors state their opposition to the proposed action, the Council may not proceed with the action, unless the matter is made subject to and successfully passes a referendum. To state opposition to a local government proposal, eligible electors can submit an Elector Response Form. These forms are made available for each individual AAP and are specific to each proposal. In order to sign an Elector Response Form, a person must either be a resident elector or a non-resident property elector.

A resident elector is an individual who is entitled to sign an Elector Response Form during an AAP by virtue of living within that jurisdiction. When signing an Elector Response Form, a resident elector must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • have lived in the jurisdiction (e.g. municipality or electoral area) for at least 30 days;
  • live in the area defined for the AAP; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

A non-resident property elector is an individual that does not live in a jurisdiction and who is entitled to sign an Elector Response Form during an AAP by virtue of owning property in that jurisdiction. When signing an elector response form, a non-resident property elector must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • have owned property in the jurisdiction (e.g. municipality or electoral area) for at least 30 days;
  • own property in the area defined for the AAP; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, that owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the response form on their behalf. Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions.

During an AAP, Elector Response Forms are made available at the District of Ucluelet's Municiipal office and on the District of Ucluelet's website. The District of Ucluelet can only accept original signed forms; digital signatures will not be accepted. Signed forms received after the specified deadline has passed cannot be counted. Electors may submit a completed Alternate Approval Elector Response Form through one of the following methods:

In Person: 200 Main Street, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Via Mail: PO Box 999, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Via E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Upcoming AAPs

Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1304, 2022

The District of Ucluelet has given three readings to Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1304, 2022 which proposes that authorization be given to borrow a sum not exceeding thirteen million dollars ($13,000,000) to finance the costs of the development of a Water Treatment System for the District’s well fields, surface water supply and increasing of the District’s water storage capacity, which will be repaid over a period not to exceed thirty (30) years.

The District of Ucluelet may proceed with the adoption of Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1304, 2022, borrow the money and undertake the development of water treatment systems within the District of Ucluelet unless, at least 10% (206) of the electors in the District of Ucluelet sign and submit an Elector Response Form, opposing the implementation of the proposal, indicating that Council must obtain the assent of the electors (referendum) before proceeding.

Elector responses are required to be submitted to the District of Ucluelet on forms that can be obtained during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm excluding statutory holidays) from the District of Ucluelet Municipal office. The address is listed below.

The only Elector Response Forms that will be accepted by the local government are the ones provided by the District of Ucluelet, or an accurate copy of the form. The Elector Response Period will begin on July 7, 2022 and will end by 4:00pm on August 8, 2022. Only electors of the District of Ucluelet are eligible to sign the Elector Response Form. Please see above for eligibility requirements.

Elector Response Forms can be submitted:
In Person: 200 Main Street, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Via Mail: PO Box 999, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Via E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download the Elector Response Form

For more information regarding the Alternate Approval Process, please contact the District of Ucluelet’s Corporate Services department at 250-726-7744. For more detailed information about the proposed Water Treatment System project, please click here