Referendum and Alternative Approval Process

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CURRENT REFERENDUM: Kaleden Sewer Extension Project

A referendum will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall, 320 Lakehill Road, Kaleden.

Advance voting will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Regional District office (101 Martin Street in Penticton).

New sanitary sewer extension from Okanagan Falls to Kaleden

Please note: The RDOS Regional Connections website contains information about the Referendum process and opportunities to engage and learn more. For project specific information, please visit: www.kaledensewer.ca

The Provincial Government has amended the definition of “Resident Elector” by removing the requirement to have been a resident for the previous 30 days. The RDOS is in the process of updating related forms and other documents. If you have any questions, please contact RDOS Legislative Services at 250-492-0237.

Learn more about the Kaleden Sewer Extension Project

Upcoming event:

Electronic Town Hall Meeting #2

Referendum information:

Mail-in ballot

If you are a non-resident property elector (not your primary residence), please complete the following forms and bring them to the voting place:

Non-resident property consent

Non-resident property declaration

Important notes:

  • Please ensure you have all required forms completed when you vote (in-person or via mail ballot).
  • Declaration and consent forms for non-resident property owners are available above and in the column on the right. Examples of "proof that you are entitled to register in relation to this property" include BC assessment or tax notice.
  • You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name.
  • You are also not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.
  • Corporations are not eligible to vote; however, tenants who meet the criteria for resident elector may be eligible to vote.

Multiple property owners:

You are eligible to vote if you qualify as a resident elector (i.e., you live in the regional district electoral area and meet the requirements for residency, OR a non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the regional district electoral area).

If there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person may represent the majority of the owners as the eligible non-resident property elector. Eligible resident electors can also vote, in addition to the eligible non-resident property elector.

Please note, corporations are not entitled to vote.

Please bring two pieces of identification to the voting place.

Please click here to visit the Kaleden Sewer Expansion Project website.

The proposed sanitary sewer extension from Okanagan Falls to Kaleden would replace Kaleden's aging septic fields within the service area, with a more environmentally friendly community sewer system. A referendum is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Kaleden Community Hall (320 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden).

Information
For specific questions or concerns about current initiatives, please contact Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services or call 250-492-0237.

Referendum and Alternative Approval Process overview

Referendum
Assent voting (or referendum) allows electors to vote on whether a proposal would move forward or not. Assent of the electors is obtained if a majority of the votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question. Assent voting is conducted under the rules that generally apply to local elections.

For certain matters, local governments are required to obtain approval of the electors or participating area approval before the municipal council or regional district board may proceed with its decision. Assent voting can be used as both a form of approval of the electors and participating area approval.

Assent voting is conducted in a similar manner to local government elections and can either be done at the same time as a general local election or by-election or on its own as a stand-alone vote.

Alternative Approval Process
The alternative approval process (AAP) is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. An AAP enables local governments to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw intended to undertake long-term borrowing, a boundary extension, establish a new regional district service or other matter requiring elector approval.

The alternative approval process requires that 10 percent or more of the eligible electors must sign and submit response forms in opposition to the proposed initiative to require the local government to obtain assent of the electors in order to proceed. When this happens the issue is considered significant and the local government has two choices. They may proceed to assent voting within 80 days, or they may put the matter on hold and consider alternatives to the proposed action.

Please check the column on the right to view AAP archive folders.



CURRENT REFERENDUM: Kaleden Sewer Extension Project

A referendum will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall, 320 Lakehill Road, Kaleden.

Advance voting will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Regional District office (101 Martin Street in Penticton).

New sanitary sewer extension from Okanagan Falls to Kaleden

Please note: The RDOS Regional Connections website contains information about the Referendum process and opportunities to engage and learn more. For project specific information, please visit: www.kaledensewer.ca

The Provincial Government has amended the definition of “Resident Elector” by removing the requirement to have been a resident for the previous 30 days. The RDOS is in the process of updating related forms and other documents. If you have any questions, please contact RDOS Legislative Services at 250-492-0237.

Learn more about the Kaleden Sewer Extension Project

Upcoming event:

Electronic Town Hall Meeting #2

Referendum information:

Mail-in ballot

If you are a non-resident property elector (not your primary residence), please complete the following forms and bring them to the voting place:

Non-resident property consent

Non-resident property declaration

Important notes:

  • Please ensure you have all required forms completed when you vote (in-person or via mail ballot).
  • Declaration and consent forms for non-resident property owners are available above and in the column on the right. Examples of "proof that you are entitled to register in relation to this property" include BC assessment or tax notice.
  • You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name.
  • You are also not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.
  • Corporations are not eligible to vote; however, tenants who meet the criteria for resident elector may be eligible to vote.

Multiple property owners:

You are eligible to vote if you qualify as a resident elector (i.e., you live in the regional district electoral area and meet the requirements for residency, OR a non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the regional district electoral area).

If there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person may represent the majority of the owners as the eligible non-resident property elector. Eligible resident electors can also vote, in addition to the eligible non-resident property elector.

Please note, corporations are not entitled to vote.

Please bring two pieces of identification to the voting place.

Please click here to visit the Kaleden Sewer Expansion Project website.

The proposed sanitary sewer extension from Okanagan Falls to Kaleden would replace Kaleden's aging septic fields within the service area, with a more environmentally friendly community sewer system. A referendum is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Kaleden Community Hall (320 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden).

Information
For specific questions or concerns about current initiatives, please contact Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services or call 250-492-0237.

Referendum and Alternative Approval Process overview

Referendum
Assent voting (or referendum) allows electors to vote on whether a proposal would move forward or not. Assent of the electors is obtained if a majority of the votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question. Assent voting is conducted under the rules that generally apply to local elections.

For certain matters, local governments are required to obtain approval of the electors or participating area approval before the municipal council or regional district board may proceed with its decision. Assent voting can be used as both a form of approval of the electors and participating area approval.

Assent voting is conducted in a similar manner to local government elections and can either be done at the same time as a general local election or by-election or on its own as a stand-alone vote.

Alternative Approval Process
The alternative approval process (AAP) is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. An AAP enables local governments to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw intended to undertake long-term borrowing, a boundary extension, establish a new regional district service or other matter requiring elector approval.

The alternative approval process requires that 10 percent or more of the eligible electors must sign and submit response forms in opposition to the proposed initiative to require the local government to obtain assent of the electors in order to proceed. When this happens the issue is considered significant and the local government has two choices. They may proceed to assent voting within 80 days, or they may put the matter on hold and consider alternatives to the proposed action.

Please check the column on the right to view AAP archive folders.



Kaleden Sewer Expansion Project referendum enquiry.

Please ask your question below.

The following question was asked via Webex messenger during the April 13, 2021 electronic town hall:

Question: Community sewer will allow for development especially of properties near the lake shore. How will the RDOS ensure that environmentally sensitive areas are protected from the impact of this development? I have recently read that the RDOS is considering excluding property owners from the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit process.

Answer: Kaleden properties within 30.0 metres of Skaha Lake are generally subject to a Watercourse Development Permit (WDP) Area designation, the objective of which is to protect aquatic habitat, enhance, conserve and restore watercourses and their riparian areas. There are no changes proposed to the WDP Area designation at this time. Lakeshore properties within the proposed sewer service area are not within the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP) Area designation.

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    It is great to hear that there are no changes proposed to the WDP area designation. I believe that there are a number of properties along Pineview, Pine, and Ponderosa Avenue that are under the Environmentally Sensitive Permit Area classified as Important Ecosystems. Are there any plans to change the designation or process for development permits for this area?

    Mic asked 17 days ago

    The Regional District is currently in the processing of reviewing the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP) Area designation in Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F”, “H” & “I” and is considering changes. Information regarding this separate project can be found at the following web-page: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/development-services/planning/strategic-projects/esdp-review

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    Why isn’t the whole community of Kaleden included in this expense ?

    Hunter asked 24 days ago

    The inclusion of a larger area in Kaleden was discussed and financing options were explored. A legal opinion stated the RDOS could only charge the parcel tax to a property that has a sewer main which the property can connect to. Therefore, only those properties located within the initial service area could be included in this expense.

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    If there is more than one property owner are they all eligible to vote ?

    Debby Hall asked about 2 months ago

    Assent voting (referendum) is conducted in a similar manner to local government elections. You are eligible to vote if you are registered as: a resident elector (i.e., you live in the regional district electoral area and meet the requirements for residency, OR a non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the regional district electoral area).  

    If there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person may represent the majority of the owners as the eligible non-resident property elector. Eligible resident electors can also vote, in addition to the eligible non-resident property elector.

    Please note, corporations are not entitled to vote.

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    Are all Kaleden residents able to vote on this referendum?

    S. bascombe asked 14 days ago

    Only Kaleden residents within the proposed service area are eligible to vote. Use the service area map to determine whether your property is included.