Alternative Approval Process (AAP)

About Alternative Approval Processes:

Under section 86 of the Community Charter, local governments, like the District of Ucluelet may use an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw or other matters requiring elector approval. An AAP allows electors to indicate that they are opposed to 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 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 percent (10%) of the electors state their opposition to the proposed action, the Council may not proceed with the action without the matter being made subject to and successfully passing an assent voting (referendum).

To oppose a local government proposal which is subject to an AAP, eligible electors can submit an elector response form. These forms are made available for each individual AAP and are specific to each proposal. 


Eligibility Requirements:

Only electors of the District of Ucluelet are eligible to sign the elector response forms. There are two types of electors – resident electors and non-resident property electors.

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 been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • be a resident of the jurisdiction;
  • 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.

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 been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • be a registered owner of property in the jurisdiction 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.

To learn more about Alternative Approval Processes visit the Province of British Columbia's website


Current Alternative Approval Processes

District of Ucluelet Parkland Disposal Bylaw No. 1334, 2024

Council is seeking elector approval for District of Ucluelet Parkland Disposal Bylaw No. 1334, 2024 through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP).

Council may proceed with the Bylaw unless by 4:00 PM on March 13, 2024, at least 10% of the electors in the whole District of Ucluelet indicate, by submitting a signed elector response form, that the District must obtain the assent of the electors by way of an assent vote (referendum vote) before proceeding with the Bylaw.

Council has determined that the number of elector responses required to prevent the local government from proceeding without assent of the electors is 173. A report respecting the basis on which this determination was made, is available upon request from the District of Ucluelet.  The area defined for this AAP is the entire area of the District of Ucluelet.

About Bylaw No. 1334, 2024

The purpose of the Bylaw is to authorize the District to close a 0.201 hectare portion of parkland located in the northwest corner of Tugwell Field Park fronting Forbes Road and dispose of this closed park to the Food Bank on the Edge for $1.00.  The parkland to be closed and disposed of is outlined in bold and marked “Park to be Closed Parcel A”, on the map below:


As additional consideration for the disposition of the closed park, the District will be granted:

  1. an option to re-purchase the closed Park exercisable by the District if the closed park is not used for the operation of a food bank for a consecutive period of six months, the owner fails to maintain the lands and the buildings on the land in a good state of maintenance and repair, or at any time following the 20th anniversary of registration of the option; and
  2. a statutory right of way entitling the District to store equipment and goods on the closed park. 

To review the Bylaw No. 1334, 2024 click here.  

How the Alternative Approval Process Works

If you are not opposed to the adoption of Bylaw No. 1334, 2024, no action is required.

If you are opposed to the adoption of the Bylaw without the Bylaw first receiving assent of the electors by assent voting (referendum vote), you may sign and submit an elector response form indicating your opposition.

Only electors of the District of Ucluelet are eligible to sign the elector response forms. Voter eligibility requirements are outlined above. A person must not sign more than one elector response form in relation to this Alternative Approval Process.

Elector response forms are available here and at the District of Ucluelet Office at 200 Main Street (open 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays). 

The deadline for submitting an elector response form is 4:00 PM on March 13, 2024.

Forms received after the deadline cannot be counted; postmark will not be accepted as submission date. Digital signatures will not be accepted. 

Forms may be submitted by hand delivery, mail or emailed as a PDF document attachment, as follows:

  • Hand delivery: 200 Main Street, Ucluelet, BC
  • Mail to the District of Ucluelet: District of Ucluelet, PO Box 999, Ucluelet BC, V0R 3A0                                                     
  • PDF submission via email: communityinput@ucluelet.ca

Supporting Documents 


Previous Alternative Approval Processes

Loan Authorization Bylaw 1304, 2022 

Loan Authorization Bylaw 1304, 2022 (the "Bylaw") has received approval of the electors and been adopted. 

To review the certification of results click here

For more information about the water treatment project click here


For more information regarding the Alternative Approval Process, please contact the District of Ucluelet’s Corporate Services department at 250-726-7744.