Electoral Area D Services & Boundary Configuration Study

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is undertaking an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area. The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Electoral Area D.

Committee presentation to the Board (meeting of July 21, 2022)

Presentation

Final Report and Appendices

Final Report

Appendix I - Terms of Reference

Appendix II - Fact Sheets

Appendix III - Incorporation Insights Papers

Appendix IV - Overview Mailout

Appendix V - Open House Presentation

Appendix VI - Open House Handouts

Appendix VII - Open House Feedback Form

Appendix VIII - Open House Meetings Overview

Appendix IX - Boundary Options Survey

Appendix X - Boundary Options Overview

Committee conclusion and boundary recommendation

The RDOS Board of Directors is scheduled to review the boundary recommendation at its regular meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

The Committee held its final meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. After 19 meetings all open to the public, 14 Fact Sheet service summaries, three Incorporation Insight background papers, five Open House events, a panel discussion, and a survey mail-out to all properties in the Electoral Area and available online, public engagement for the Electoral Area “D” Boundary and Service Configuration Study is complete. The purpose of the study was to conduct an analysis to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations.

The Committee is recommending the boundary for a future incorporation study include the communities of:

Okanagan Falls and neighbourhoods known as Sun Valley, Rolling Hills

  • McLean Creek and certain properties just west of the community and east on Highway 97
  • Eastside Road North and South (Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Golden Hills and Skaha Estates)
  • East portion of Vaseux Lake

The Board will review the Committee’s recommendation and then vote whether to proceed with next steps in the process. If the Board supports the recommendation, the Province may choose to conduct an incorporation study before going to referendum. If the Board is not in favour, the process does not move ahead.

An interactive map is available. Enter your address to see if your property falls within or outside the recommended boundary.


Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study Committee Meetings

These meetings are open to the public and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Final meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Agenda

The final meeting will continue to review the preliminary survey results and develop a recommendation to the Board of Directors on a proposed boundary for incorporation.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83357984785?pwd=y4ijKcy3htlntPX6nrr3R33tuOY-0_.1


Upcoming meeting: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

View the Report: Boundary Overview - Technical Criteria and Options Rationale

The Boundary Options Survey is now closed.


Panel Discussion

Watch the recorded meeting held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Electoral Area D Services & Boundary Configuration panel discussion!

Anyone who had questions that were missed - our apologies! With more than 80 people online and in person we know we didn’t get to all of you! There’s still plenty of time and opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions:

  1. Share your question using the Questions tool on this webpage
  2. Attend a committee meeting and ask the committee and consultants directly.
  3. Submit a letter to the committee via cmalden@rdos.bc.ca

    We look forward to hearing from you!



Open House events:

The RDOS, Electoral Area D Study Committee and study consultants held 5 Open House opportunities, each date focusing on a particular area or neighbourhood in Electoral Area D.

February 16 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Skaha Estates and area

February 17 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Upper Carmi and area

February 23 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Eastside Road North (Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Heritage Hills)

February 24 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Vaseux Lake and area (Rolling Hills, Sun Valley)

February 26 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Okanagan Falls

Password for all events: RD@S

Meeting package for all events: Boundary and Configuration Study Open House Meeting Package

Committee meetings:

The Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84121501039?pwd=eTMzSU5oY0RnOVd6STUwdWdKSmNvQT09

About the Committee:

A group of 10 citizens from Electoral Area D has been formed to guide a study looking into the Service and Boundary Configuration of Electoral Area D. The committee's role is to be an objective fact-finding body. Ensuring that the study and engagement with the community is neutral and balanced.

The committee members include:

  • Vi Creasy
  • David Forst
  • Kurt Hiebert
  • Kerrie MacLean
  • Myleen Mallach
  • Kay Medland
  • Phyllis Radchenko
  • Matt Taylor (Chair)
  • Eleanor Walker

Ex-officio Community members are Electoral Area D Director Ron Obirek and Alternate Director Jim D'Andrea.

Consultant:

On July 8, 2021, the RDOS Board of Directors approved the $90,000 contract to Allan Neilson of Neilson Strategies Inc. and Sherry Hurst of Leftside Partners Inc.

Allan Neilson comes with over 25 years of experience in British Columbia's local government system advising regional district and municipal leaders on matters of governance, service provision, local government policy, finance and community engagement.

Sherry Hurst has been advising local governments on governance, planning and service delivery for more than 20 years.

Background:

On March 24, 2021 the Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed support in the amount of $80,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to undertake an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area.

The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis of services, with public engagement in the RDOS Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Area D.

Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study committee meetings will be conducted online via Webex pending changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

Past studies:


The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is undertaking an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area. The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Electoral Area D.

Committee presentation to the Board (meeting of July 21, 2022)

Presentation

Final Report and Appendices

Final Report

Appendix I - Terms of Reference

Appendix II - Fact Sheets

Appendix III - Incorporation Insights Papers

Appendix IV - Overview Mailout

Appendix V - Open House Presentation

Appendix VI - Open House Handouts

Appendix VII - Open House Feedback Form

Appendix VIII - Open House Meetings Overview

Appendix IX - Boundary Options Survey

Appendix X - Boundary Options Overview

Committee conclusion and boundary recommendation

The RDOS Board of Directors is scheduled to review the boundary recommendation at its regular meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

The Committee held its final meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. After 19 meetings all open to the public, 14 Fact Sheet service summaries, three Incorporation Insight background papers, five Open House events, a panel discussion, and a survey mail-out to all properties in the Electoral Area and available online, public engagement for the Electoral Area “D” Boundary and Service Configuration Study is complete. The purpose of the study was to conduct an analysis to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations.

The Committee is recommending the boundary for a future incorporation study include the communities of:

Okanagan Falls and neighbourhoods known as Sun Valley, Rolling Hills

  • McLean Creek and certain properties just west of the community and east on Highway 97
  • Eastside Road North and South (Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Golden Hills and Skaha Estates)
  • East portion of Vaseux Lake

The Board will review the Committee’s recommendation and then vote whether to proceed with next steps in the process. If the Board supports the recommendation, the Province may choose to conduct an incorporation study before going to referendum. If the Board is not in favour, the process does not move ahead.

An interactive map is available. Enter your address to see if your property falls within or outside the recommended boundary.


Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study Committee Meetings

These meetings are open to the public and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Final meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Agenda

The final meeting will continue to review the preliminary survey results and develop a recommendation to the Board of Directors on a proposed boundary for incorporation.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83357984785?pwd=y4ijKcy3htlntPX6nrr3R33tuOY-0_.1


Upcoming meeting: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

View the Report: Boundary Overview - Technical Criteria and Options Rationale

The Boundary Options Survey is now closed.


Panel Discussion

Watch the recorded meeting held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Electoral Area D Services & Boundary Configuration panel discussion!

Anyone who had questions that were missed - our apologies! With more than 80 people online and in person we know we didn’t get to all of you! There’s still plenty of time and opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions:

  1. Share your question using the Questions tool on this webpage
  2. Attend a committee meeting and ask the committee and consultants directly.
  3. Submit a letter to the committee via cmalden@rdos.bc.ca

    We look forward to hearing from you!



Open House events:

The RDOS, Electoral Area D Study Committee and study consultants held 5 Open House opportunities, each date focusing on a particular area or neighbourhood in Electoral Area D.

February 16 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Skaha Estates and area

February 17 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Upper Carmi and area

February 23 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Eastside Road North (Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Heritage Hills)

February 24 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Vaseux Lake and area (Rolling Hills, Sun Valley)

February 26 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Okanagan Falls

Password for all events: RD@S

Meeting package for all events: Boundary and Configuration Study Open House Meeting Package

Committee meetings:

The Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84121501039?pwd=eTMzSU5oY0RnOVd6STUwdWdKSmNvQT09

About the Committee:

A group of 10 citizens from Electoral Area D has been formed to guide a study looking into the Service and Boundary Configuration of Electoral Area D. The committee's role is to be an objective fact-finding body. Ensuring that the study and engagement with the community is neutral and balanced.

The committee members include:

  • Vi Creasy
  • David Forst
  • Kurt Hiebert
  • Kerrie MacLean
  • Myleen Mallach
  • Kay Medland
  • Phyllis Radchenko
  • Matt Taylor (Chair)
  • Eleanor Walker

Ex-officio Community members are Electoral Area D Director Ron Obirek and Alternate Director Jim D'Andrea.

Consultant:

On July 8, 2021, the RDOS Board of Directors approved the $90,000 contract to Allan Neilson of Neilson Strategies Inc. and Sherry Hurst of Leftside Partners Inc.

Allan Neilson comes with over 25 years of experience in British Columbia's local government system advising regional district and municipal leaders on matters of governance, service provision, local government policy, finance and community engagement.

Sherry Hurst has been advising local governments on governance, planning and service delivery for more than 20 years.

Background:

On March 24, 2021 the Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed support in the amount of $80,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to undertake an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area.

The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis of services, with public engagement in the RDOS Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Area D.

Electoral Area D Services and Boundary Configuration Study committee meetings will be conducted online via Webex pending changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

Past studies:


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Welcome to the boundary options survey! Please provide your feedback regarding possible boundary configurations for consideration in the event that the province initiates a future Incorporation Study (the next step in the phased incorporation process). Your input will help the Committee determine an Incorporation Study boundary to recommend to the RDOS Board and the province.

    Please limit submissions to one survey per person.


    What is an Incorporation Study?

    An Incorporation Study is a detailed analysis of the impacts on services and governance, including the cost and property tax implications, of a change in governance from the current model (regional district electoral area) to a municipality based on a specific boundary. If an Incorporation Study is recommended as the next step, the study would provide a comparative analysis of the status quo vs. incorporation as a municipality. At the conclusion of an Incorporation Study, the Committee that leads the study recommends whether to hold a referendum. If that referendum proceeds, then residents within the Incorporation Study Area have the opportunity to vote whether they want to incorporate as a municipality or not. The referendum results dictate whether the community (based on the specific boundary proposed) incorporates. 

    Identifying an Incorporation Study Area boundary is an imperative initial step in the incorporation process. Those who do not live or own property within the Incorporation Study Area boundary will not be included in any incorporation and would not have the opportunity to vote yes or no in any referendum on incorporation.

    Please note that the options in the survey may not reflect the final boundary that is determined and recommended by the Committee, which will be informed by community input shared through the survey.

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