Alternative Approval Process is used by municipalities and Regional Districts to “get the approval” of landowners and tax-payers for certain new services being introduced.
Recently the RDOS passed a motion to use the AA Process on a “Sustainable Conservation Program” costing $450 thousand.
Before it can be submitted to the public – it must be cleared by Victoria. In this case the BC Government is a bit fussy with the wording so it has to be re-drafted and passed again to make it clear what is the money to be used for.
Service – Bylaw 2690 Environmental Conservation (a change from sub-regional conservation fund)
Another matter is a business and economic growth – 10 percent of the voters would be needed to stop this initiative in its tracks and force a referendum.
Service – Bylaw 2734 Regional Economic Development – Signatures of 7089 needed by October 17th to force a referendum
Lastly, the RDOS is pushing for a new Transit Service to cover the area – Osoyoos to Penticton. That idea must face the AAP test in the fall.
Service – Bylaw 2741 South Okanagan Transit System – Signatures of 1595 needed to stop this idea.
All these matters to be debated Thursday at the Regional District board table in Penticton.
Check the RDOS website for more details on these initiatives.