Public Response to the Community Charter
The Community Charter is the result of an extensive consultation process
that began more than a decade ago when the Union of British Columbia
Municipalities tabled its Local Government Bill of Rights in 1991.
In 2001, the provincial government passed the Community Charter Council
Act to establish the Community Charter Council, headed by the Honourable
Ted Nebbeling, Minster of State for Community Charter. The 12-member council had
equal municipal and provincial representation, and was charged with the
responsibility of drafting legislation to increase the autonomy of municipalities.
The Consultation ProcessTo develop the draft legislation, the Community Charter Council concentrated on information gathering and consultation with local government representatives. In May 2002, the provincial government released a draft to obtain feedback from interested parties and the general public, through meetings and written submissions.
Of the submissions received, most were in favour of the content and intent
of the draft Community Charter. While respondents took issue
with specific aspects of the legislation that concerned them, they
also made positive comments about the Community Charter's
progressive vision for a new relationship between the province and
Submissions were received from:
Themes of ResponsesSubmissions ranged from general comments to recommendations for re-wording sections of the legislation. The following themes were addressed by the submissions:
Consideration of the submissions led to changes in the draft which are reflected
in the Community Charter. The legislation represents
a balance of the interests of citizens, business, municipalities and
Please direct questions or comments to
Advisory Services Branch