There have been many complaints about the Alternative Approval Processes (AAPs) currently being presented.
The main reason for a preference of AAPs by a local government is that they cost only a fraction of the cost of a referendum.
Another reason is that the tax payers actually have to take action, get out of their chairs. Many people cannot bring themselves to take action, even though they do not agree with the decision being made, which then results in actions by the local government being approved by default.
Democracy is not an easy form of government. It is not good enough to just take for granted that the elected officials do the right thing. At times they do the wrong thing, take the wrong direction. It is then up to the people to take action, to point the elected government into the right direction.
This could very well be one of these opportunities.
If you think the CVRD board has made the right decision in these instances, then do nothing and let the process take its course.
If you do not agree with one or more of the AAPs then sitting back and doing nothing is not an option for you. Get the forms downloaded from the CVRD website or pick them up, sign them and take them to the CVRD.
It is an awkward process, definitely not designed to make it easy for the tax payers. But you owe it to yourself and everybody else to do the right thing.
CVRD Director Area I