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West Coast Transit Service - Alternative Approval Process

NOTICE TO ELECTORS
of an Alternative Approval Process for the
District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation,
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government and Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach)

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As per Section 26 of the Local Government Act, the personal information collected by the Regional District on the Elector Response Form will only be collected and used for the purposes of the West Coast Transit Alternative Approval Process.

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to qualified electors within the District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government and Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach) that the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) Board of Directors is proposing to seek approval of the electors by means of an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the adoption of Bylaw E1062, West Coast Transit Service Area Establishment, 2019.

Bylaw E1062 Synopsis

PURPOSE/INTENT the purpose of Bylaw E1062, West Coast Transit Service Area Establishment, 2019 is to establish and operate a public transportation service on the west coast.

DESCRIPTION the ACRD proposes to partner with BC Transit to provide a conventional fixed route transit service operating between Tofino, Ucluelet, Long Beach, Toquaht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Hitacu, Esowista and Ty-histanis.

SERVICE AREA the participants of the service area established under this Bylaw are the District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government and Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach).

MAXIMUM REQUISITION the maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the cost of this service is $550,000 or $0.294 per $1,000 of taxable value of land and improvements, whichever is greater.

APPORTIONMENT the net annual costs of providing the service shall be apportioned among the participants in the following manner: 50% on the basis of population as determined by Statistics Canada's most recent census data and 50% on the basis of converted land and improvements.

BYLAW E1062 a full copy of Bylaw E1062 is available for public viewing on the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.ca or at the following local government offices, Monday to Friday, during regular office hours: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Distict, District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government.

Alternative Approval Process (AAP)

The ACRD has estimated the total number of qualified electors within the service area to be 6,021. If 10% (602) of the estimated number of qualified electors within the service area sign and submit an AAP Elector Response Form OPPOSING the adoption of Bylaw E1062 prior to the deadline of 4:00 pm on Friday, November 29, 2019, the ACRD Board of Directors will not be able to proceed with adoption of Bylaw E1062 without receiving assent of the electors (referendum).

Elector responses must be submitted in the form established by the ACRD Board of Directors. Elector Response Forms can be downloaded off the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.ca or can be picked up at the following local government offices:

ACRD
3008 Fifth Avenue
Port Alberni, BC
District of Ucluelet
200 Main Street
Ucluelet, BC
District of Tofino
121 Third Street
Tofino, BC
Toquaht Nation
1971 Peninsula Road
Ucluelet, BC
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Gov.
700 Wya Road
Hitacu, BC

ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM - SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE
The deadline for receipt of Elector Response Forms is 4:00 pm. on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Elector Response Forms will be accepted by mail, email, fax or in person by the deadline to:

Corporate Officer
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Office
3008 Fifth Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3
Email: responses@acrd.bc.ca Fax: (250) 723-1327

Elector Response forms must be received by the Corporate Officer at the ACRD Office by the deadline to be counted. No exceptions will be made. A person must not sign more than one Elector Response Form in relation to this AAP. The only persons entitled to sign an Elector Response Form are the eligible electors of the area to which this AAP applies.

Elector Qualifications

In order to sign and submit an Elector Response Form for this Alternative Approval Process (AAP), a person must either be a resident elector or a non-resident property elector within the participating service area.

A resident elector is an individual who is qualified to sign an Elector Response Form during an AAP by virtue of living (residing) within the proposed service area. 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 6 months;
  • have lived in the AAP service area (Long Beach Electoral Area, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government or Toquaht Nation) for at least 30 days;
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in an election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
A non-resident property elector is an individual that does not live (does not reside) in the proposed AAP service area but is entitled to vote by virtue of owning real property in the proposed service area. When signing an Elector Response Form, a non-resident property elector must:
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a Canadian Citizen;
  • be a registered owner of real property within the AAP service area (Long Beach Electoral Area, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government or Toquaht Nation) for at least 30 days;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in an election, or otherwise disqualified by law;
Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign and submit an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, that owner must have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the Elector Response Formon their behalf. Non Resident Property Elector Forms are available for download on the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.ca. Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation are not qualified to submit an Elector Response Form.

Further information regarding this Alternative Approval Process is available on the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.ca or contact Wendy Thomson, Manager of Administrative Services, (250) 720-2706 or email: wthomson@acrd.bc.ca.

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Documents in pdf

AAP Notice to Electors Bylaw E1062

Bylaw E1062 Synopsis

E1062 West Coast Transit Service Establishment Bylaw with Inspector Approval

Elector Response Form West Coast Transit Service

Form No 2-8 Non Resident Property Elector

Frequently Asked Questions West Coast Transit AAP

Staff Report - Bylaw E1062 West Coast Transit 3 Readings by the Board Sept 11 2019

Staff Report - AAP Population Determination and Approvals

Map of Service Area

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Proposed Tofino-Ucluelet Transit Service Information Page