The Regional District of Nanaimo board has approved an engagement plan on the proposed amendment to the District 69 Swimming Pool Local Service bylaw that aims to add Electoral Area E (Nanoose Bay) as a participant to the service.
The board also endorsed at its regular meeting Sept. 6 the detailed schedule for community input from existing service contributors that include Area E, Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood), Electoral Area G (Englishman River, San Pareil, French Creek, Little Qualicum, Dashwood), Electoral Area H (Bowser, Horne Lake, Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay), City of Parksville, and Town of Qualicum Beach.
The proposed bylaw amendment will also include changing the taxation method for the service to 1/3 assessment, 1/3 usage and 1/3 population.
Staff indicated participants will get the chance to receive balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the issues, alternatives, opportunities and solutions.
Public input will be compiled throughout the engagement period from November 2022 to January 2023 to ensure concerns and aspirations are shared with the RDN board in March of 2023 to determine if and what amendments will be applied to the bylaw. Staff will then prepare a bylaw for the board’s consideration and once approved, it would indicate the elector approval method would be by way of referendum.
Area F director Leanne Salter was the only director, who opposed the proposed engagement plan.
— NEWS Staff
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