Terms and Concepts in the Community Charter
Alternative Approval Process
Alternative Approval ProcessSection 84 of the Community Charter contains the provisions for elector approval. If electors approval is required under the Community Charter or Local Government Act in relation to a particular matter, that approval may be obtained either by assent of the electors (i.e., a vote), or by alternative approval process.
The alternative approval process, outlined in
section 86, will be familiar to users of the former counter petition
opportunity under the Local Government Act. The purpose of the process is to
provide electors the opportunity to seek a vote on the particular matter being proposed
Approval of the electors through the alternative approval process is obtained
by council if fewer than 10% of eligible electors in the area covered by the alternate
approval process, submit elector response forms.
A best practices guide is under development.
A Guide to Municipal Reporting ,
developed in partnership with the Local Government Management Association and the
Government Finance Officers Association of BC provides some guidance on setting
objectives, and measures, and checking progress.
Approval of the Electors
Approval of the electors is addressed under
Part 4 of the Community Charter.
Under various sections of the Community Charter and the Local Government
Act, a municipality is required to obtain the approval of its electors
for a proposed bylaw, agreement or some other matter. In some
instances, council must obtain the assent of the electors through an
actual vote on the matter. In other cases, council may obtain voter
approval either through a vote, or through the Community Charter's
alternative approval process.
The purpose of the alternative approval process is to provide electors the opportunity to seek a vote on the particular matter being proposed by council. The relevant sections of the Community Charter outline numerous requirements that apply to the use of the alternative approval process. Such requirements address:
Approval of the electors through the alternative approval process is obtained if fewer
than 10% of eligible voters in the area covered by the approval process submit elector
response forms. Conversely, if at least 10% of these voters submit response forms,
council must either call a vote to obtain voter assent on the matter, or abandon its
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