2006 Resolutions

Year: 2006 Category: Extraordinary Resolution Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: First Nations Membership

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities create a special membership category for First Nations wishing to join AVICC that would allow them membership rights immediately and voting privileges when self government status is achieved.

Year: 2006 Category: Referred Resolutions Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Grants-In-Lieu And Negotiated Agreement With First Nations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that should any existing provincial or federal lands for which local governments receive grants-in-lieu become part of any negotiated First Nations agreement, senior governments should consider compensation for local government.

Year: 2006 Category: Referred Resolutions Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Electoral Area Land Use Committees

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in addition to drafting the Regional District Tool Kit, UBCM work with the provincial government to bring in the legislative changes necessary to empower electoral area directors to act as rural boards/councils with the authority to make final and effective land use decisions relating to electoral areas;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UBCM work with the Province to enable these rural boards/councils to make final and effective decisions on financial matters that are related solely to electoral area jurisdictions and are funded by the taxpayers from a single electoral area or funded by the taxpayers from a partnership or group of electoral areas and that these decisions not be based upon a weighted vote, but on a simple majority of rural board/council members.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Access To Public Buildings

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all upgrades to and new construction of government public facilities be referred to the appropriate local accessibility organization for comment prior to finalizing the design drawings;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities urge the provincial government to work to develop legislation which sets in place a requirement for provincial ministries, local governments, public transportation organizations and agencies including BC Ferries services to consider and address accessibility issues;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC Building Code be reviewed and amended to require improved levels of access to government facilities and services for British Columbians with disabilities.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province be requested to investigate the adequacy of compensation that is currently provided for in the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act for individuals faced with the termination of tenancy in manufactured home parks and that such investigation include consultation with mobile home owners’ association.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Cash-In-Lieu of Parkland

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities recommend that the provincial government amend the Local Government Act to ensure that, if cash-in-lieu is the option chosen, the amount be based on the expected sale value of the land after subdivision, as opposed to the value of the undeveloped property.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor Resolution: RCMP Funding Arrangements

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the federal and provincial governments be urged to renegotiate the provincial/federal cost sharing agreements to re-establish the 1990 rates of which the federal share was 30% to enable municipalities to further increase their crime fighting and prevention resources:

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities be urged to lobby the federal and provincial government in support of this motion.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: NOT Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Mail Ballots

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities request the provincial government to amend the Electors and Elections legislation in the Local Government Act to allow all eligible electors the opportunity to vote by mail ballot in elections and other voting opportunities.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Approving Officer

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities urge the Province to ensure that regional district boards and the Islands Trust Council are granted the authority to appoint a person as an approving officer for the rural area of the regional district when and if requested.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Floodplain Bylaw Fee

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities request the provincial government to amend the Local Government Act so that regional districts can charge a fee for processing an application for a site specific exemption to a flood plain bylaw.

Year: 2006 Category: Legislation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Ferry Property Taxation 2006 AVICC Resolutions 3

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that local governments be consulted through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in advance of any such legislative changes being brought forward for consideration.

Year: 2006 Category: Land Use Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Parkland Dedication

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities urge the Province of BC to amend the legislation to permit funds collected in lieu of parkland dedication to be used on parkland development in addition to parkland acquisition.

Year: 2006 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: E & N Pest Management Plan

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province be advised that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities opposes the use of chemical sprays to control vegetation along the E & N Railway and requests that the Minister of Environment intervene to set aside the Pest Management Plan for the E & N Railway right-of-way or otherwise amend the legislation that permits this practice.

Year: 2006 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: On-Site Sewage Disposal Regulations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities urge the Province of British Columbia to amend the on-site sewage disposal regulations to require a person increasing the size of a house connected to an existing on-site sewage disposal system to have the capacity and condition of the existing system certified by a professional as being adequate for the intended use.

Year: 2006 Category: Finance Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Funding Attainable Housing in The Province of British Columbia

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minister of Finance be requested to make a portion of the British Columbia Property Transfer Tax available to the communities in which it is raised for the purpose of providing funding for attainable housing for working people in the Province of British Columbia.

Year: 2008 Category: Finance Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: BC Assessment Authority Property Valuations and Appeal Process

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request the Union of BC Municipalities to establish a Task Force comprised of representatives from local government, the Province and the BC Assessment Authority, to seek new legislative remedies to create greater certainty for business, industrial and utility property class assessments.

Year: 2006 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Local Government Election Dates

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the municipal elections be moved back to the last Saturday of September and that, if necessary the UBCM Convention be moved to another date. 2006 AVICC Resolutions 4

Year: 2006 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Mental Health Services

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministries of Education, Health and Children and Family Development work together to develop integrated identification, diagnosis and mental health management services for children and youth in local schools, along the lines of the Community Based Mental Health Pilot Projects proposed by the Capital Regional District Family Court and Youth Justice Committee.

Year: 2006 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Health Connections Program

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province be requested to extend the Health Connections Program to subsidize travel for medical care for any rural residents outside their home community, regardless of distance.

Year: 2006 Category: Late Resolutions Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Policing

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request that, as an aspect of this mandate, the UBCM Police Financing Task Force ensure clarity on how funds for the new policing model be raised and allocated in order to achieve equity for all members.

Year: 2006 Category: Late Resolutions Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Logging Practices On Private Forest Lands and Watershed Protection

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities petition the provincial government to change the legislation and policies to enable a local government to establish a Community Watershed Bylaw that extends over any public or private lands within the watershed;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the AVICC and the UBCM petition the provincial government to amend the Private Managed Forest Land Act to include representatives from the municipalities, regional districts, Islands Trust and First Nations on the Private Managed Forest Land Council;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the AVICC and the UBCM petition the provincial government to amend the Drinking Water Protection Act to require a drinking water protection plan for each community watershed.