Local Community Board Contribution Meeting Set – Gulf Islands Driftwood

The next steps in the process leading to a referendum on the Local Community Commission (LCC) governance concept are becoming clearer.

Salt Spring Capital Regional District (CRD) Director Gary Holman said a meeting to provide public comment is scheduled for Monday, June 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The comments will feed into the recommendations that will be made to the CRD before the LCC Bylaws are finalized for consideration by the CRD Board in July. The Zoom link is available by emailing [email protected] or calling the CRD office at 250-537-4448.

During the first meeting of an LCC advisory committee held on May 26, two members of the public attending that Zoom meeting, Curt Firestone and Bob Moffatt, asked Holman to slow down the process to give people more time to understand. The problems. However, attendees were told that the bylaws must be read three first readings by the CRD board of directors by July 13 in order for the referendum question to be on the ballot on October 15, when other elections local will take place. Combining the LCC issue with these elections will save money, Holman noted.

What became clear during Thursday’s meeting is that the issue of “delegated powers” ​​is at the heart of the discussion. Participants indicated that if an LCC were only an advisory body, like the current four island-wide commissions it would encompass, it would not significantly improve local governance.

Brian Webster, one of three people who wrote a recently released discussion paper on the LCC concept for Salt Spring, said, “I don’t think it would be particularly effective if it was purely advisory. It must do something meaningful.

He explained that CRD By-law 4186 already allows for the delegation of powers and is used for five commissions under its jurisdiction: the Regional Water Supply Commission, the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission, the Recreation Commission of the Peninsula and the Saanich Peninsula Water and Wastewater Commissions, as well as for other specific reasons. Perhaps Salt Spring CLC could be added to this regulation.

Holman acknowledged that if delegated authority isn’t part of the proposed concept, “it won’t get very far. In fact, public defenders of an LCC will oppose it.

CLC Advisory Board Member Darryl Martin raised two further questions: how to maintain the valuable contribution of volunteer commission members under the current system and how to attract a broader population of elected commissioners. If meetings are only held during the day and only a $10,000 stipend is offered, it could prevent non-retirees from running for office, he suggested.

Martin was acclaimed vice chair of the advisory committee and Gayle Baker chair at the committee’s inaugural meeting on Thursday.

The exact dates of the meetings will be made public once they are confirmed. Other community groups, such as Transition Salt Spring and the Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce, will also be invited to host meetings, Holman said.

A proposal to investigate the use of an LCC model arose out of the 2017 incorporation referendum and was a campaign promise made by Holman in 2018.

The discussion paper is available at the library, the Ganges CRD office, and on the Driftwood website (link is at bottom of article), among others.