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LAST UPDATE January 26, 2015

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This letter from RDCO dated Feb. 25, 2010 says the following:

RDCO quote, "Delegations are not normally for issues on a specific agenda unless the Board requests a specific presentation.  The Policy does not provide an opportunity for the public to comment on specific agenda items."

On August 1, 2010 an online complaint was filed with the BC Ombudsman in regards to delegation requests at Regional Board Meetings and Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda's that the Regional Board will not permit delegations at its Board meetings in regards to that days agenda.

Letter from RDCO dated Feb 25, 2010 states quote, "Delegations are not normally for issues on a specific agenda unless the Board requests a specific presentation.  The Policy does not provide an opportunity for the public to comment on specific agenda items."
click letter for larger print.

keep reading below for more about this

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Delegation/Presentation Policy

from page 1

3. AUTHORITY TO ACT
3.1 The Chair and/or Corporate Officer or designate is granted the authority to screen and, if deemed appropriate, deny a request to appear as a delegation if:
(1) the issue is not within the mandate or jurisdiction of the Regional District Board; or
(2) if a delegation has addressed the Board on a particular issue and no new significant information is being provided.
3.2 When a delegation is denied the opportunity to present based on 3.1, the Chair and/or Corporate Officer or designate will inform the Regional Board and provide the reasons why the delegation was denied.
3.3 The Chairperson and/or Corporate Officer, or designate are granted the authority to review and approve delegation requests and determine on which Board or committee agenda the delegation is to be placed.

from page 3

(5) Delegations denied the opportunity to appear before the Board or Committee will be:
a) offered the opportunity to provide written information for distribution to the Regional Board or Board Committee.
b) informed of their right to appeal the decision to the Chair of the Board/Committee.
c) When delegations are denied the right to appear, the Regional Board will be informed of  the request and the reasons why the request was denied.

Regional District of Central Okanagan Delegation/Presentation Policy

RDCO's webpage about delegation requests

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October 15, 2010

Delegation request in regards to the Barking Dog Bylaw and how its not working.

This delegation request was denied.

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To Vernon Morning Star in response to July 10, 2010 Vernon Morning Star "Resident wants improved policy"

I agree with Former mayor and Spallumcheen resident Geunter Rieger about Regional Districts needing to change their delegation policy. I have no faith in local or provincial government. The way the HST was brought in was not democratic, and neither is the way local government works. I believe government is a dictator myself, because it is not a democracy when people are not permitted to even speak about what their Regional District is going to vote on at their next Board or Committee meeting unless you have ESP (Extra Sensory Perception).

Residents are required to formally request to be a delegate two weeks before they even know what is on RDCO's agenda.
Quote from RDCO's website,
"You must notify the Corporate Officer (or designate) in writing at least two weeks prior to the Board or Committee meeting by filling out and submitting the Online Delegation Request form or printing off a Delegation Request Form and sending it to the Corporate Services Coordinator."
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/delegation.aspx

Residents are sometimes only given a weekends notice about what may be on the agenda at the following RDCO Board meeting. It says on the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website quote, "Regional Board meeting agenda are posted here by noon on the Friday before the meeting".
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/regional-board-committees/agenda.aspx

I received a letter dated Feb 25, 2010 from the Regional District of Central Okanagan that stated quote, "Delegations are not normally for issues on a specific agenda unless the Board requests a specific presentation. The policy does not provide an opportunity for the public to comment on specific agenda items."

I have since written a letter to the BC Ombudsman about this issue and am waiting for a decision. Hopefully the BC Ombudsman will choose a democratic decision.

North Westside Road resident

See next article "Resident wants improved policy"

We finally have an appointment at noon Sept 21, 2010 to be able to talk to the BC Ombudsman Diana Moffat by telephone.

Diana Moffat hung up and wouldn't let the person talk, so the BC Ombudsman Manager was called and a message was left on the answering machine asking for a different BC Ombudsperson.  Still waiting Oct 14, 2010 and nobody has returned our phone call yet.

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Resident wants improved policy
Vernon Morning Star - July 10, 2010

Former mayor and Spallumcheen resident Geunter Rieger questioned procedural bylaw at the Township of Spallumcheen’s council meeting on Monday.

Rieger was unhappy about a policy that requires citizens requesting to be delegates at council meetings to sign up on Tuesday, when the agenda is not released until Friday.

Mayor Will Hansma explained that resolutions may not be ratified until two weeks later, therefore citizens still have two weeks to state any concerns.

Concerns were also raised by council members regarding a woodlot in the northeastern part of Spallumcheen.

Coun. Janice Brown pointed out that the town’s watershed is within the woodlot’s boundaries. And that type of industry taking place so close to the watershed makes her nervous.

“All council can do is express concerns,” said Hansma.

“We can’t tell them what to do.”

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September 5, 2010

Wish to discuss with RDCO Board why I am not permitted to email RDCO and why RDCO will not reply to my letters anymore, and why I did not receive any of the information I have asked for about Valley of the Sun water system.  I truly feel it is because RDCO doesn't want to give me the answers I seek?  I bet this delegation request will be DENIED just like the other 7 requests below.  Not one delegation request hasn't been DENIED.

I was right ... DENIED

RDCO denied another delegation request

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FOI double standard?
VICTORIA/CKNW(AM980) - by Sean Leslie - 9/4/2010

Media organizations like CKNW received some illuminating information on the Harmonized Sales Tax through a Freedom of Information request this week, but other groups got nothing back even though they filed similar requests. Now, they say there's a better and cheaper way to go.

The concept is called Routine Disclosure; rather than make people and groups file expensive and time consuming Freedom of Information requests, simply post as much information online as possible.

New Democrat MLA Doug Routley: "Restore faith in democracy to the people of the Province, but it would also save an enormous amount of money."

Vincent Gogolek with the Freedom of Information Association agrees, "That should be the default. That should be what normally happens. We've got information? Let's just put it up."

Both the Association and NDP have filed official complaints after their FOI requests on the HST came up empty.

The NDP is wondering why it got nothing back from the Government on a Freedom of Information request on the Harmonized Sales Tax, while CKNW and other media outlets received more than 130 pages of information this week.

MLA Doug Routley says the Finance Ministry said it had no records in response to the opposition request, "And the fact that we came back with a no-records response shows that again this Government is exercising misleading tactics that are meant to hide their responsibility for having originally mislead the people about the HST."

Routley is asking the Information and Privacy Commissioner to investigate. The Commissioner is already probing a similar complaint from the BC Freedom of Information Association.

We never got what we asked for through FOI Act about some subjects either ... especially about Valley of the Sun water system back in 1970 .... hmmmm!  We didn't receive a Community Planning area map, boundary map, Letters patent as described in Bylaw #35, Dept of Highways and Ministry of Community and Rural Development can't find any information about Valley of the Sun subdivision back in 1970 either.  Apparently there is no such letters patent as described in RDCO Bylaw #35.

I would really like to see the grant application for Valley of the Sun water system and the reasons why the grant was denied, but RDCO won't post that to its website when asked.  RDCO obviously doesn't want everyone to know what those documents contain.  What does RDCO have a website for... only to show us what it wants to show us.

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August 26, 2010

Wish to discuss how residents are kept informed and how residents are kept in the dark.

DENIED

 

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August 26, 2010

This is a delegation request in regards to the newly created School Site Acquisition Tax

DENIED

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August 26, 2010

This is a delegation request in regards to RDCO's website always being out of date.

DENIED

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June 9, 2010

This is a delegation request in regards to the agenda and minutes of the Advisory Planning Commission, Environmental Advisory Commission, Agricultural Advisory Committee, Fire Technical Committee not being archived after it is already posted to RDCO's website, and how RDCO keeps people informed well enough on RDCO's website by sometimes posting minutes two months after it should have been posted.

DENIED

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June 9, 2010

This delegation request was in regards to RDCO bylaw enforcement being performed

on a complaint basis and the wrong resident being blamed by the violator for complaining to bylaw enforcement.

DENIED

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May 17, 2010

This is a delegation request in regards to a building violation and in regards to the North Westside Fire Rescue.

Both delegation requests were denied.

May 8, 2010

To RDCO Chair Robert Hobson:

I find it ignorant of RDCO that RDCO would pass a bylaw to purchase an ATV without notification to community member’s about the ATV weeks before this went to a board meeting for a motion. Why was this information not posted to RDCO or the North Westside Road Fire Dept’s website so that community members are well aware of large extra expenditures towards the Fire Dept well in advance of passing a motion?

In the future I wish to be forwarned about all potential expenditures for the Fire Dept. weeks before these expenditures are to go to a board meeting, and well before these expenditures are decided upon so that members of my community have a chance to comment before the board passes a yeh vote to an expenditure they may disagree with, and so that we are not just notified the day before the meeting by way of the Agenda that is posted to RDCO’s website the day before a motion is passed and only giving Westsiders one days notice to be able to comment. To me this is just trying to be sneaky. I would like to be forwarned of all expenditures when the Fire Dept or RDCO first initiates thoughts about expenditures for the North Westside Road area. I would like to see this information posted to both the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s website and the Fire Depts website.

I also want to see the Regional District have an email notification system that residents can sign up for to receive email from RDCO in regards to expenditure and other information dealing with the North Westside Road area, especially since so many members of the community find issue with the Fire Dept.

I feel that this ATV is just a toy for the Fire Chief and that it is not warranted in the least. I didn’t pay another $50 annually over 5 years so that the Fire Chief can ride around on a quad hauling barely anything to fight a fire with, and not receiving any new conventional fire trucks. Why are we not buying more fire trucks that can contain water? Isn’t it because we have to buy all these toys we definitely don’t need? Isn’t water needed moreso, especially with Valley of the Sun hill? Valley of the Sun hill is too long of a turn around time for a bush fire. How much water could a quad hold? In all of Fire Chief Wayne Carson’s dreams, that fireboat could not bring water to the bush without trucks hauling the water. Most of our trails are not that narrow that a bush truck couldn’t drive there in my opinion, especially since the Terrace Mountain Fire and all the bulldozers that made the trails better to help fight the Terrace Mountain fire. If a bulldozer can go there, so can the Bush Truck. The bush truck has a long hose that can be dragged by a fire person down the trail, so I can’t see why a quad is necessary at this point in time. In my opinion RDCO is wasting time buying conventional equipment and putting people at more risk than need be.

Where is the conventional equipment with water to fight a forest fire that the North Westside Road Ratepayers members asked for instead of a fireboat by way of a petition with approx 300 signatures? Why is RDCO ignoring the members of the Ratepayers and instead always agreeing with the North Westside Communities Association over others who also belong to the community, and especially over this fire boat? How long is this going to go on for and will RDCO lay this fireboat to rest?

I wish to be a delegate in regards to directors passing expenditure bylaws without notification to its members well before hand, and about the ATV and about the treatment of the North Westside Ratepayers Association membership by RDCO. I am not a member of either of these Associations. I am also ignored by RDCO. I tend to side with the North Westside Road Ratepayers Association moreso than the North Westside Road Communities Association so why doesn’t RDCO, especially about the fireboat? I feel RDCO is being vexatious towards half my community always siding with the North Westside Communities Association and not worrying about protection of our homes. What is a Regional District park worth compared to a subdivision full of homes… like the approx. 500 homes at La Casa? How much money did RDCO spend on cleaning up parks compared to what it has spent trying to protect homes?

How many letters and voices of opposition to the fire boat will it take before RDCO takes the North Westside Road Ratepayers members seriously enough and stops coddling the North Westside Communities Association as usual?

In my opinion RDCO is doing a very poor job in the Fire Protection Dept. Where are the fire breaks around the subdivisions? Why hasn’t RDCO passed any building bylaws requiring better material for fire protection in new home construction on the exteriors of these homes if they live next to crown land? Did you know exterior stucco gives a home approx. 1 hour of fire protection? It is pretty hard to burn through cement. Why are new construction roof systems and soffiting in the North Westside Road area not required to be fire proof by bylaw yet? How long will it take before RDCO brains up? Why didn’t RDCO have a wildfire plan before the Terrace Mountain Fire? Why are parks more important to RDCO than homes in subdivsions, because what I see is RDCO cleaning up beetle kill trees to protect parks, and it wants a fireboat to protect docks along the lake, but it does nothing to help protect people’s homes except make them upgrade or build a water system.

There are no water systems in the bush! I feel we need more water and retardant for the bush that surrounds our homes and that we need firebreaks and automatic sprinklers that are set up ready to go so we don’t need to wait until the Fire Protection Dept of the Fire Commissioner shows up to install sprinklers after our homes are already on fire. The sooner a fire is attacked the better and we may not have time to wait one of these days. There has been many a fire here in the bush surrounding Valley of the Sun but in all these years RDCO has done nothing about a fire break? What good is a fireboat for the bush if you don’t have enough trucks to haul the water up Valley of the Sun hill or elsewhere? Why are we waiting so long to buy a tanker truck? By the time a fire is noticed, an ATV will most likely not be required, but a tanker truck would be.

I can’t stand this anymore. I truly feel RDCO is more interested in protecting our lousy Fire Chief and the North Westside Communities Association than our property. I wish to be a delegate ASAP.

North Westsider

 

May 8, 2010

To RDCO Regional Board:

According to the minutes and as far as I can tell, a notice was placed against my land title due to not finalizing the building and that the title notice against my property has nothing to do with occupying the building. The minutes state “The construction of a single detached house, built under the authority of Building Permit #9787/02 has not been finalized which is a violation of Regional District of Central Okanagan Building Bylaw No. 835. As far as I can tell the Regional Board had no business placing a title notice against my property. I wish to dispute this notice against my land title because there is nothing in bylaw #835 that states a building needs to be finalized within a certain time frame. I need to point this out to the Regional Board and if I am wrong they need to point out to me where I am wrong. It is obvious to me that the Regional Board are being mislead by the Chief Building Inspector Ray Paterson.

North Westsider

 

DENIED

DENIED

 

May 22, 2010

To RDCO Chair, Robert Hobson:

In reading section 57 (1) of the Community Charter, it says 57 (1) A building inspector may recommend to the council that it considers a resolution under subsection (3). Subsection (3) states, “After providing the building inspector and the owner an opportunity to be heard, the council may confirm the recommendations of the building inspector and pass a resolution directing the corporate officer to file a notice in the land title office stating that (a) a resolution relating to that land has been made under this section, and (b) further information about it may be inspected at the municipal hall.”

As I read section 57 of the Community Charter it says that council may confirm the recommendations of the building inspector (finalizing the building is what it states in the inspectors report) under this section, and I don’t see where it says that council may confirm something different other than what is recommended by the building inspector in his report to the Regional Board. I did not hear the Chief building inspector recommend anything other during the March 22, 2010 meeting. If the title notice against my property is not voluntarily removed by RDCO, I request that I be a delegate at a future meeting a.s.a.p. so that I may point out to the Regional Board that the Chief Building Inspector did not recommend a title notice due to occupancy, and because I feel the Regional Board fails to completely understand section 57 of the Community Charter in that the Regional Board passed a resolution that is not legal nor is it binding against my building.

North Westsider

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IGNORED March 29, 2010

Delegation request in regards to the increase in cost of $1,910 per year to this North Westside Road resident that will have to pay for a new water system and an increase in garbage disposal costs for the next 30 years.

 

Sent by email on March 29, 2010 and then mailed

To RDCO:

I was just reading about the new budget on Castanet.net.

Don't you think the Regional Board is just a little crazy to think I have an extra $1,900 per year for garbage, water, fire, library, hospital, etc?

Water $145 per MONTH, an extra $127 year for garbage, plus an extra $50 property tax this year ... total $1,917.

Can you please explain why RDCO would choose for me to loose my property over such an elaborate increase? I had no increase in my income and so I can't afford anything else other than the basics, and then you throw all these expenses at me.

I feel RDCO is being very irresponsible with what money I don't have, and in economically difficult times for most people, plus when three subdivisions and maybe 4 have a water system to pay for?

I feel the Regional Board should be replaced with a Board who are more responsible and not so wreckless with finance as to create homelessness.

Why is the expense of building permits, going against property taxes?

Do you as a Board Member feel you royally screwed up, or do you believe you did the right thing with this budget, because I truly believe the Board screwed things up for people immensely! I believe that irresponsible people with power are the ones creating homelessness, because they just don't think!

Don't expect me to have any more money this year than last. I sometimes drive without insurance because I don't have enough money as it is... so am I driving without insurance ever now?

How many people do you know that received a $2,000 raise this year, or have that much extra money per year? How many people do you know that live pay cheque to pay cheque? The financial burden that was placed on the three subdivisions that have to pay for a water system makes me believe the Regional Board feel that people do not exist that live pay cheque to pay cheque?

Sincerely,
North Westsider

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Ombudsperson Fairness Checklist

Communication

• Public information is available and understandable

• Forms are in plain language

• Clients are given all the information they need

• Clients are treated with courtesy
 

Facilities and Services

• Telephones are answered promptly

• Voicemail, answering machines or toll-free numbers are available

• Premises are easily accessible and suited for wheelchairs

• The environment is safe and healthy for workers

• The public's right to privacy is respected
 

Decision Procedures

• Those affected by a decision have a chance to give information and evidence to support their position

• Decisions are made within a reasonable time

• Reasons are given for decisions
 

Appeal, Review, and Complaint Procedures

• At the time of decisions, people are told of any existing appeal or review procedures

• Complaint procedures are clearly defined

• The public is asked for ideas on improvements in service
 

Organizational Issues

• Staff are given clear titles for the functions they perform

• Agencies consider whether reorganizing would provide better quality service

• Agencies cooperate with one another to provide better service to the public
 

Agency Review and Planning

• The public is invited to participate in planning programs

• How decisions will be made is clear from the beginning

• Statistical information needed to evaluate and improve performance is recorded and maintained

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.pdf icon June 10, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

3. NEWS BUSINESS

3.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Freedom of Information Amendment Bylaw No. 1276, 2010, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Freedom of Information Amendment Bylaw No. 1276, 2010 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 10th day of June 2010.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Public Hearing Policy.pdf

Agenda No: 9.1
TO: Regional Board
DATE: April 20, 2010
SUBJECT: Public Hearing Policy

Regional Board Report

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the Regional Board adopt the Public Hearing Policy 3.37.

BACKGROUND
Staff were asked to develop a Public Hearing Policy, in particular, timing of presentations. Staff have taken the opportunity to incorporate previous Public Hearing policies including location and public hearing correspondence (attached).

A guideline on how Public Hearings are conducted at the Regional District of Central Okanagan is presented for consideration.

Regional District Of Central Okanagan Policy and Procedures Manual
Chapter: 3. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Planning)
Section: 3.37 Public Hearing Policy
Policy Resolution No: 3.37
Repeals Policy No: 3.07 & 3.32
Page: 337
Resolution Date:

3.37 Public Hearing Policy
Resolution #
THAT the Regional Board adopt the Public Hearing Policy No. 3.37.

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN PUBLIC HEARING POLICY

1. SCOPE
This statement outlines the policy for holding Public Hearings regarding Official Community Plan Bylaw or a Zoning Bylaw Amendment.

2. REASON FOR POLICY
To provide a guideline on how Public Hearings are conducted at the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

3. AUTHORITY TO ACT
LGA Div 4 s.890 (3)
At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw are afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaw that is the Subject of the hearing.
LGA Div 4 s.890 (3.1)
Subject to subsection (3), the Chair of the Public Hearing may establish procedural rules for the conduct of the Hearing.

4. POLICY
GENERAL
4.1 A draft schedule for Public Hearing dates is adopted by the Regional Board annually. As deemed necessary, further Public Hearing dates may be added throughout the year.

4.2 No more than two (2) separate Public Hearing bylaws are to be held prior to the regular board meetings unless otherwise directed by the Regional Board.

4.3 Public Hearings are to be held in the Woodhaven Board Room, with the exception of cases where the location and scope of the application may warrant holding the Public Hearing in the electoral area.

4.4 The Public Hearing must be held after first reading of the bylaw and before third reading.

4.5 More than one bylaw may be included in one notice of a Public Hearing, and more than one bylaw may be considered at a Public Hearing.

4.6 A written report of each Public Hearing, containing a summary of the nature of the representations respecting the bylaw that were made at the Hearing, must be prepared and maintained as a public record.

4.7 A report under subsection (4.6) must be certified as being fair and accurate by the person preparing the report and if applicable, by the person to whom the Hearing was delegated.

4.8 A Public Hearing may be adjourned and no further notice of the Hearing is necessary if the time and place for the resumption of the Hearing is stated to those present at the time the Public Hearing is adjourned.

5. BOARD
5.1 The Board must not adopt an Official Community Plan bylaw or a zoning bylaw without holding a Public Hearing on the bylaw for the purpose of allowing the public to make representations to the local government respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw.
Note: Section 890 (4) of the Local Government Act provides the opportunity for a local government to waive the holding of a Public Hearing on a proposed bylaw if:
a) An Official Community Plan is in effect for the area that is subject to a proposed zoning bylaw, and
b) The proposed bylaw is consistent with the plan.

5.2 No decision regarding the application/amendment will be made by the Board at the Public Hearing

6. APPLICANT
An owner or applicant, or their representative, whose Land Use development application is proposed at the Public Hearing, shall be provided an opportunity to
(1) Make a presentation limited to fifteen (15) minutes;
(2) Respond to questions from the Board and the Public;
(3) Clarify points raised.

7. DELEGATION
Any person who believes their interest in property will be affected by a proposed bylaw has an opportunity to address the Board at a Public Hearing in a timely and orderly fashion and shall be dealt with in the following manner:

7.1 Person(s) wishing to speak at the Public Hearing:
(1) Are asked to provide their name, address and indication as to whether they support or are against the proposal;
(2) On behalf of an organization i.e.: community group, resident's association, notfor- profit organization, etc. must identify their authority to speak on behalf of the organization and provide the name(s) of the person(s) who have provided the authority;
(3) Are limited to five (5) minutes;
(4) Are allowed to speak a second time for three (3) minutes to provide additional information, after all other speakers are heard from for the first time;
(5) Must yield to the next speaker when the allotted time for speaking expires;
(6) Will not debate a point of view with another speaker, but will seek clarification through the Chair.

7.2 A timing/lighting device may be used to monitor individual(s) allotted time.

7.3 A speakers list may be used if twenty or more members of the public are in attendance at the start of the hearing.

7.4 The Chair will only entertain submissions that pertain to the land use bylaw under consideration.

7.5 Those in attendance at the Public Hearing will refrain from applauses, or other expressions of emotion, whether in favour of, or opposition to, any particular application or argument. In appropriate language, outbursts or criticisms aimed at
individuals or groups are not allowed.

8. PUBLIC HEARING CORRESPONDENCE
Development Services must receive any correspondence or other written material submitted as part of a development application by 4:00 p.m. of the business day prior to the Public Hearing. Any correspondence or written submission received after this time will NOT be circulated to the Regional Board. However, this information may be read into the minutes at the Public Hearing by staff or by the public as speaking notes.

9. PROCEDURE
The following procedures will be carried out by the Chair:

(1) Call the meeting to order, provide the purpose for the Public Hearing to be held and the dates that the Public Hearing was advertised (pursuant to the Local Government Act);

(2) Provide information on the roles of the Chair, Regional Board members and person(s) wishing to speak at the Public Hearing;

(3) Accept written correspondence regarding the proposed bylaw at the Public Hearing;

(4) Request staff to describe the proposed application/amendment and to read out written correspondence that has been submitted at the Public Hearing and will have copies of previously submitted submissions for the public to review;

(5) Invite the applicant to comment or elaborate on application;

(6) Invite those in attendance at the Public Hearing to present their views on the application or amendment;

(7) Invite the Board members to express any comments or to ask questions;

(8) Invite the applicant to respond to or clarify issues raised by the Board or person(s) in attendance;

(9) Invite those in attendance to provide any new additional information.

10. PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED
Once all submissions have been heard or received, the Board has the option of keeping the Public Hearing open or closing it.

11. PROTOCOL DURING PUBLIC HEARINGS
Persons appearing at a Public Hearing should:
(1) Address the Chair as "Mr./Madam Chair;
(2) Address or provide comment to the Regional Board, staff or the applicant through the Chair;
(3) Be aware that comments on some issues may be restricted by legal requirements or policy.

12. This policy may be varied as per RDCO Procedural Bylaw or the Regional Board.

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February 11, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Delegation Policy Adopted

The Regional Board has adopted a new policy for requests for delegations from those wishing to appear or make a presentation to the Regional Board and Board Committee meetings. Requests to appear must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled Board or Committee meeting. A maximum of two delegations will be permitted per meeting and presentation may not be longer than ten minutes. Information about the new policy will be available on the Regional District website: http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/delegation.aspx

February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

2.2 Approve Delegation/Presentation Policy (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Governance and Services Committee at its February 11 th meeting reviewed the proposed Delegation/Presentation Policy and agreed to remove Section 7 of the draft which limited the amount of time to ten minutes to clarify questions to the respective presenters. The amended version was presented for approval.

EDGSON/JAMES
THAT the Regional Board adopt the Delegation/Presentation Policy for delegations and/or presentations appearing before the Board and Board Committee meetings.

CARRIED

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February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

Item 7.1 Draft Delegation-Presentation Policy.pdf

.pdf icon February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7. Governance

7.1 Review of draft Delegation/Presentation policy
Staff report dated January 23, 2010 outlined the proposed recommendations foramendments to the draft delegation policy which the Committee reviewed at its January 14th meeting. At that time it was suggested that a presentation policy also
be considered and staff have added that policy in Section 6 of the policy draft.

It was agreed to remove Section 7.1 which limited the amount of time for clarifying questions, and that the 'Delegation Request Form' be included in the written material provided to the Board. Staff will look at whether it is possible to have
residents complete the form on line.

#GS10/10 EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board adopt the Delegation/Presentation Policy for delegations and/or presentations appearing before the Board and Board Committee meetings including the amendments as
discussed.

CARRIED

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January 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Governance

6.1 Review of draft delegation policy
In 2009, the Regional Board requested staff draft a policy on delegations to the Board and its committees. The Committee reviewed the draft noting:

What is a delegation versus a presentation? Presentations where the Board has requested someone to speak, as was done earlier in this meeting, may require more time to present and for questions, possibly 15 minutes.

Will individuals have to represent a group in order to appear? Individuals must identify their authority to speak on behalf of a group.

What is the process for reporting to the Board on petitions? The Board does not necessarily need to have a copy of the petition but should be notified one has been received.

Public Hearing input is different.
Repeat delegation requests: how do you determine what is new information? How many times do you allow an interest group to continue to come back? It was noted there are other ways to present this information ie: suggest the individual/group send the new information and it can be circulated for the Board's information. It was felt that 4.6 covers this but add -- give the discretion for the Chair or Administration to vet.

ADD: Section 8 'or by the Regional Board'.
Should open sessions be held? It was noted that unscripted time to meeting agendas can be a challenge noting that you are only hearing one side of an issue. It's important to have public input and that can be managed in various ways ie: letters to the Directors, petitions, direct communication with a Director.

ADD: When delegations are denied the right to present by the Chair and/or Administrator, the Board will be informed of the group/individual that was denied.

Staff will make the following changes to the policy.
o Clarify, identify source of authority with names.
o Develop second policy for presentations.
o Notwithstanding clause in Section 8.
o When requests are denied the Board is to be informed and the reasons why.
o Delegations are to provide written documentation to the Board in advance.

#GS05/10 SHEPHERD/HODGE
THAT staff be directed to amend the draft delegation policy as discussed and bring back to the Regional Board for final approval.

CARRIED

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January 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Delegation Policy.pdf

Governance and Services Committee Report

TO: Governance and Services Committee
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin Corporate Services Coordinator
DATE: January 4,2010
SUBJECT: Delegation Policy

Recommendation

THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board adopt the Delegation Policy for delegations requesting to appear before the Board and Board Committee meetings.

BACKGROUND
The Regional Board requested staff draft a policy on delegations to the Board and/or Board Committees. This policy provides definitions on how the Board and staff will handle delegation requests in the future including authority to act, public input during meetings, and incorporates the Regional District's new timing/lighting device once it is installed in the very near future.

Once approved, the Delegation Policy and Request Form will be added to the Regional District's website for easy access to the public.

This is for your consideration.

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN
POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

Chapter: 2 CORPORATE SERVICES
Policy Resolution No: _/10
Section: 2.39 Delegation Policy
Page: 239
Resolution Date: , 2010

2.39 Delegation Policy
_/1O(RESOLUTION #)
THAT the Regional Board adopt the Delegation Policy for delegations requesting to appear before the Board and Board Committee meetings.

1. SCOPE
This Policy applies to all requests to appear as a delegation to the Board or Board Committees.

2. REASON FOR POLICY
To provide direction in the handling of requests to appear as a delegation to the Regional Board or Board Committee.

3. AUTHORITY TO ACT
3.1 The Chairperson and/or Corporate Officer or designate is granted the authority to screen and if deemed appropriate deny a request to appear as a delegation if:

  (1) the issue is not within the mandate or jurisdiction of the Regional District Board; or

  (2) if a delegation has addressed the Board on a particular issue and no new significant information is being provided.

3.2 The Chairperson and/or Corporate Officer, or designate are granted the authority to review and approve delegation requests and determine on which Board or committee agenda the delegation is to be placed.

4. POLICY
Requests to appear before the Regional Board and Board Committee shall be dealt with in the following manner:

4.1 Delegations must notify the Corporate Officer or designate no later than two (2) weeks prior to the Regional Board and/or Board Committee meetings in writing utilizing the Delegation Request Form (Appendix 1).

4.2 Delegations will be limited to two per meeting.

4.3 Delegations are limited to a maximum of ten minutes unless agreed to by 2/3 majority of the members of the Regional Board or Board Committee.

4.4 Organizations wishing to address the Regional Board or Board Committee are limited to a maximum of ten (10) minutes regardless of the number of representatives of the group wishing to speak.

4.5 Delegations are not to appear for the sole purpose of promoting an individual business.

4.6 Delegations that have previously appeared before the Regional Board or Board Committee on a subject matter will not be allowed to present again unless new information is provided relating to the matter.

4.7 Presentations by an owner or applicant, or their representative, whose Land Use development application has received a negative recommendation by staff, shall be provided an opportunity to make a presentation limited to five (5) minutes, to the Board prior to the Boards consideration of the application.

4.8 The Board shall not permit a delegation to address a meeting of the Regional Board regarding a bylaw in respect to which a Public Hearing has been held, or where a Public Hearing is required under an enactment as a prerequisite to the adoption of the bylaw.

4.9 Every petition presented to Regional Board shall include the name of the petitioner and the petitioner's address. In the case of a corporation, the authority given by the corporation to sign the petition shall be produced in connection therewith. The notice of petition shall name a spokesperson for the delegation, and shall indicate the purpose for which it is desired to appear.

4.10 The Board shall not permit a delegation to address a meeting of the Board regarding a matter to be dealt with as a grievance under a Collective Agreement.

4.11 A timing/lighting device will be used to monitor delegation(s) allotted time.

5. PROCEDURE
5.1 The following procedure will be followed for all requests to appear as a delegation before the Regional Board or Board Committee:

  (1) Written requests will be directed to the Corporate Officer or designate.

  (2) The Corporate Officer or designate will review the request and direct to the appropriate meeting.

  (3) The delegate will be notified of the decision.

  (4) Delegations approved to appear before the Regional Board or Board Committee will be:

      a) notified of the scheduled time and date of the delegation.

      b) requested to forward any supporting documentation for publication in the Agenda no later
          than the Tuesday of the week prior to the Board or Committee meeting at which they
          will be appearing.

(5) Delegations denied the opportunity to appear before the Board or Committee will be:

  a) offered the opportunity to provide written information for distribution to the Regional Board or Board Committee.

  b) informed of their right to appeal the decision to the Chair of the Board/Committee.

6. PUBLIC INPUT DURING MEETINGS
6.1 Public input may be permitted at a Regional Board or Board Committee meeting on an agenda item to a maximum of five (5) minutes per person, group, organization, body or delegation, if agreed to by 2/3 majority of the members of the Regional Board or Board Committee. Public input is not permitted on any items not on the Regional Board or Board Committee agenda

6.2 A person, other than a Board member or an officer or employee of the Regional District, shall only address the Regional Board or Board Committee during a meeting:

  a) if that person is providing a report or presentation that has been scheduled to the agenda for the meeting, or

  b) if Regional Board or Board Committee has passed a resolution to hear from that person at that time.

7. DELEGATION PROTOCOL
7.1 Persons appearing before the Regional Board as a delegation should:
  (1) address the Chair as "Mr./Madam Chair
  (2) address the Regional Board or staff through the Chair
  (3) address Directors as "Director <....>".
  (4) address Staff either by title such as, "Chief Administrative Officer" or by name such as, "Mr. Brown".

8. This policy may be varied as per RDCO Procedural Bylaw

APPENDIX 1

Delegation request form (click link to see the request form)

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To facilitate constructive and effective public engagement, the following information is provided:

1. A ten-minute time limit is necessary regardless of how many people will speak. Try to leave time for questions.

2. Name of person or group and subject will be published in agenda (available to public and on internet)

3. If your material is not published in agenda, bring sufficient handouts for the Board (15 copies minimum). The RDCO will not provide reproduction services.

4. Direct your presentation to the Regional Board or Board Committee.

5. Use the microphone provided.

6. Participate with integrity. A collaborative and respectful approach is appreciated.

7. Be concise.

8. Do not expect an immediate answer - your issue may be referred to staff for more information or to another meeting for further consideration.

9. Delegations regarding any aspect of an Official Community Plan or a Zoning application are prohibited between the conclusion of Public Hearing and Adoption of the Bylaw.

10. Your presentation may not be on date requested due to prior commitments or staff resources. Your delegation is not confirmed until you are contacted by RDCO staff to confirm your place on the agenda.

Helpful Suggestions:

Arrive in advance of the meeting start time as delegations are heard as one of the first items of business.
Turn off cell phones and pagers.
Be prepared.
Have purpose.
Support your position with facts.
Consider the big picture, as many issues are inter-related and shouldn't be considered in isolation.
State your request, if any.
Provide the Recording Secretary with any relevant notes if not handed out or published in the agenda.
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