Quality Resolutions Garner Gold

The Resolutions Committee announced at the 2012 UBCM Convention the awarding of a Gold Star or Honourable Mention to a selection of well-crafted resolutions.

To be awarded a Gold Star or Honourable Mention, a resolution must meet specific drafting criteria, which are sent to UBCM members each spring. Quality resolutions benefit UBCM members by establishing strong policy. These resolutions clearly describe the problem, its cause, and the best way to solve it. They include two or fewer “Whereas” clauses and a concise, stand-alone “Therefore” clause. Where appropriate they reference the correct legislation or regulation. In addition, quality resolutions are submitted to Area Associations for regional consideration before they come to UBCM.

The following 2012 resolutions have been chosen as models of quality drafting and members are encouraged to use them as examples in preparing future resolutions for UBCM.

The collected 2012 Gold Star and Honourable Mention resolutions are also available for download from the Gold Star Resolutions page of the UBCM website.

2012 Gold Star Resolutions
B61
Streamflow Data from Independent Power Projects Squamish-Lillooet RD
B73
Qualified Environmental Professionals Cowichan Valley RD
B97
Transient Worker Data Collection 
Tumbler Ridge
B113
Full Funding for Fuel Abatement Central Kootenay RD

B61    STREAMFLOW DATA FROM INDEPENDENT POWER PROJECTS
Squamish-Lillooet RD

WHEREAS established run of the river independent power projects (IPPs) in British Columbia monitor and can share real-time streamflow data with the provincial government without detriment to the proprietary interests of the IPP;

AND WHEREAS real-time streamflow data is vital to local authorities engaged in flood management and other public safety operations:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations shall require each IPP in British Columbia, as a condition of licensing and once operations have been established, to share real-time streamflow data with the British Columbia River Forecast Centre for the public safety benefit of local authorities in the province.

B73    QUALIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS 
Cowichan Valley RD


WHEREAS the provincial government implemented the Riparian Areas Regulation to protect fish habitat for future generations, and the implementation of this regulation requires a partnership between the provincial Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and local governments to be successful;

AND WHEREAS the provincial Ministry of Environment appears to be lacking the dedicated resources to review the reports forwarded by Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs), which is necessary in order to ensure that the standards set under these regulations are adhered to:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial Ministry of Environment take immediate steps to provide the necessary staff resources to review the reports forwarded by QEP's so that the provincial Riparian Areas Regulation fully achieves its goal of protecting our fish habitat.

B97    TRANSIENT WORKER DATA COLLECTION   
Tumbler Ridge


WHEREAS transient workers utilize health and recreation services in our communities which has a substantial impact on our resources;

AND WHEREAS transient worker data collection is not captured in Statistics Canada Census as part of population growth:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM lobby the federal government and recommend data collection that will accurately capture the number of transient workers and seasonal residents that work in one community but reside in another to accurately determine funding levels by provincial and federal governments.

B113    FULL FUNDING FOR FUEL ABATEMENT   
Central Kootenay RD


WHEREAS certain Crown forest lands located in regional district electoral areas and adjacent to municipal boundaries present a significant risk to communities from catastrophic wildfire events which may inundate communities with volatile ember showers;

AND WHEREAS management of these forest lands, including forest fuel loading, is ultimately the responsibility of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and that said Ministry has fully funded fuel abatement measures in the past but no longer does so:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations be called upon to reinstate its former policy of providing full funding for fuel abatement on Crown forest lands located in regional district electoral areas and adjacent to municipal boundaries.

2012 Honourable Mention Resolutions
B76 Blue Carbon Credits Comox Valley RD
B82 Agricultural Land Commission Fill Application Maple Ridge
B102 Community Water Servicing Spallumcheen
B149 Wireless High Speed Internet Hudson's Hope

B76    BLUE CARBON CREDITS
Comox Valley RD


WHEREAS local governments across British Columbia may prefer to have the opportunity to invest in local projects in order to reach their carbon neutral commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter;

AND WHEREAS blue carbon offsets, which are estuary restoration projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve estuary environments, may offer an excellent opportunity for local carbon neutral investments throughout the province:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM urge the provincial climate action secretariat to enable local governments to invest in blue carbon projects in their communities in order to meet their carbon neutral commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter.

B82    AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION FILL APPLICATION
Maple Ridge


WHEREAS the Agricultural Land Commission (“the Commission”) has jurisdiction on the placement of fill in lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve (“the Reserve”), including roads and berms;

AND WHEREAS the placement of fill can have potentially adverse impact on surrounding properties and the environment:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM urge the provincial government to amend the legislation governing the Commission to require that, as part of the application process for placement of fill on lands, including access roads and berms, a full analysis of the impact of this fill on surrounding lands be provided and if any adverse impacts are identified require they be addressed to the satisfaction of the Commission in consultation with senior and local government prior to approval being authorized.

B102    COMMUNITY WATER SERVICING
Spallumcheen


WHEREAS the Corporation of the Township of Spallumcheen is a community located largely in the Agricultural Land Reserve, where many properties benefit from having secondary dwellings and where it is unreasonable to require property owners to provide for a community water system to accommodate a second residence;

AND WHEREAS the provision for requiring a community water system will have a direct negative impact on the Township's rural community and other rural communities deeming the legislation unreasonable in these cases:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government, under the Ministry of Health, reconsider the Drinking Water Protection Act and Drinking Water Protection Regulation to allow the legislation to change to permit one (1) well to service two (2) residences on one (1) parcel of land without establishing a community water system in areas where there is no existing community water system to ensure that rural communities are not negatively impacted by requiring a community water system to provide a water source for a secondary residence provided that the well meets water quantity and quality requirements.

B149    WIRELESS HIGH SPEED INTERNET
Hudson's Hope


WHEREAS the lack of access to high-speed internet adversely affects the economic well being of communities;

AND WHEREAS the unused spectrum formerly needed by stations transmitting analog television signals could be used to transmit internet service:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM petition the federal government (Industry Canada) to approve a portion of the unlicensed spectrum for use as wireless regional area networks at the earliest possible date.

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