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University Endowment Lands

 

Located between the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, the University Endowment Lands is an unincorporated community of approximately 3,000 people with a wide range of services and recreational opportunities at its doorstep.
 

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University Endowment Lands Administration Office

 

The University Endowment Lands (UEL) is a separate jurisdiction from the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia (UBC).
 

As an unincorporated area, the UEL does not have an elected municipal Council. Instead, the provincial government is the governing body, and is administered through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing under the University Endowment Land Act. This legislation enables the Minister to, amongst other things:

  • levy property taxes;
  • enact bylaws;
  • appoint a person to administer the University Endowment Lands.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing appoints a Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the UEL. Decisions made by the UEL Administration are guided by UEL bylaws.
 

With a permanent staff of 18 and an annual budget of approximately $10 million, the Administration manages the Planning and Building regime and performs basic municipal functions, including:

  • solid waste collection
  • potable water supply
  • sewer and storm water management
  • street and grounds maintenance
  • leaf collection
  • snow removal
  • business and dog licences
  • parking permits
  • bylaw enforcement

Administration and operational expenses are recovered from property taxes, and revenue received mainly from water sales, parking meters, and building and development permits.
 

There are two key stakeholders that provide advice to the UEL Manager - the Community Advisory Council (CAC), made up of elected representatives of the four neighbourhoods in the UEL, and the Advisory Design Panel (ADP), made up of technical representatives. Each appoints directors and elected community representatives on the CAC.


 

UEL Community Information Initiative

 

In January 2017, the UEL Community Information Initiative was undertaken to help create a common understanding about the nature and operation of the current UEL and to provide community members an opportunity to share their views about living in the UEL.

 

UEL Fact Sheets

Note: The nine Fact Sheets below were published in January, 2017:

  1. UEL Present & Past (PDF, 1.54 MG)
  2. Service Provision (PDF, 746 KB)
  3. Community Planning & Growth (PDF, 1.0 MG)
  4. Police, Fire & Emergency Planning (PDF, 1.0 MG)
  5. Water, Sewer & Garbage Services (PDF, 1.3 MG)
  6. Public Schools, Parks, Libraries & Recreation (PDF, 851 KB)
  7. Roads, Transit, Cycling & Walkways (PDF, 902 KB)
  8. Taxation & Finance (PDF, 817 KB)
  9. Regulation & Enforcement (PDF, 1.20 MG)

A report summarizing the community feedback was published in October, 2017:

For further information about the UEL:

Write:
University Endowment Lands
5495 Chancellor Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1E2
 
Phone:
604-660-1810 in Vancouver
 
For toll free access call Enquiry BC:
Call 604-660-2421 in Vancouver or
1-800-663-7867 elsewhere in B.C. and request a transfer to 604-660-1810 in Vancouver
 
Fax:
604-660-1874
 
Email:
University Endowment Lands
 
Web Page:
www.universityendowmentlands.gov.bc.ca

 

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