Alternative Approval Process (AAP): Recreation No.10

We encourage you to participate in the public engagement opportunities and review the information as it becomes available before making your decision.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) proposes to proceed with the repeal and replacement of Portion of Electoral Area E (Rec#10) Recreational Program Bylaw No. 787, 1990 with Recreation Commission No. 10—Portion of Electoral Area E Service Establishment Bylaw 2819, 2022 which increases the annual requisition limit to provide recreational programming to the Recreation Commission No. 10—Area E Service Area.


The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will seek approval of the electors within a portion of Electoral Area E for a new bylaw to increase the annual requisition limit to provide recreational programming to Recreation Commission No. 10 – Area E Service Area (Balfour, Harrop and Procter).

The Commission—known as Rec. 10—provides recreation programming that is valued by the communities of Balfour, Harrop and Procter in Electoral Area E.

Approval for the new bylaw will be sought through the Alternative Approval Process (AAP).

History of the service

  • 1968: The Recreation Commission 10 service was established by supplementary letters patent.
  • 1990: Letters patent converted to bylaw. The Commission had Commissioners and held badminton and children’s programs until 2010.
  • 2011: A Recreation Survey was conducted for Electoral Area E to determine the future of Rec. 10.
  • 2012: Based on the results of the survey, the Commission was redeveloped with 7 local members. Some original Commissioners remain on the Commission today.
  • 2013: A strategic plan was created with input from the community.
  • 2014: The Commission began providing grants. Some of the first grant recipients included children’s art and dance classes and gym experiences run by the Redfish PAC and Kootenay Lake Family Network, and the West Kootenay Pony Club. These recipients and others were happy to receive funds and deliver programs that are valued by the community.
  • 2014: A coordinator was hired to support the work of the Commission.

Funding and benefits

Rec. 10 has minimal direct taxation (a total of only $1,000 per year), with remaining funding coming from Community Development Grants from Area E.

This funding provides RDCK Community Grants to local organizations to provide recreation programming and to support recreation facilities. Grants also supported local organizations in grant writing, created a weekly recreation calendar, and allowed the Commission to seek out new opportunities such as:

  • sailing lessons;
  • jackrabbit skiing;
  • senior’s chair yoga; and
  • community digital literacy are just a few of the very important programs developed over time.

This funding also funds a part-time staff person, who works with local providers of recreation services to facilitate programs held in local facilities.

In 2022 a Community Development grant of up to $30,916.40 as per the 2022 Financial Plan has been allocated to the service.

View a list of organizations funded through Rec. 10 since 2019. [PDF - 529 KB]

Sustainability for the future

The current funding model—through a Community Development Grant—is an unsustainable way to deliver the recreation service to the community. Community Development grants are not intended to be the primary source of funding for local services like Rec. 10. Other recreation services at the RDCK are funded through taxation, which provides for greater transparency and long-term sustainability of the service. Other examples of this typical approach to regular taxation funding the local recreation service include Recreation Commission 9 and Recreation Commission 4.

Information about the potential taxation impact and the Alternative Approval Process

The bylaw change being considered through the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) will allow the RDCK a more sustainable vehicle through which to continue this programming through the establishment of regular taxation.




First AAP Published Notice Ad

June 23, 2022


Recreation Commission No. 10 – Portion of Electoral Area E Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2819, 2022


2819 Recreation No. 10 SEB

Recreation Commission No. 10 Service Area Map


2819 Service Area Map

June Board Highlights


June 2022 Board Highlights

Media Release

June 28, 2022

RDCK seeks electoral approval to increase taxation limit for Recreation Commission No. 10

Second AAP Published Notice Ad

June 30, 2022


Elector Response Form - Deadline

August 1, 2022

Multiple Property Owners

Elector Response Forms-Multiple Owners

Single Property Owner

Elector Response Form-Single Owner

Download this print-friendly information flyer [PDF - 927 KB].

PURPOSE: The Bylaw if adopted will increase the maximum annual allowable requisition for Recreation Commission No. 10—Area E Service S279 from $1000 per year to the greater of  $62,264 or $0.0757/$1,000 of the assessed value of land and improvements per year.

AREA: The Bylaw No. 2819 will include the portion of Electoral Area E served by Recreation Commission No. 10 (Balfour, Harrop, and Proctor).

RATE IMPLICATIONS: The proposed increase to the maximum annual allowable requisition will allow the service to be funded in accordance with the Regional District 2022-26 Financial Plan. 


Requisition Amount

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Under Section 86 of the Community Charter, approval of the electors within the service area is being obtained by means of AAP. Therefore, eligible electors within the service area opposed to the RDCK adopting Bylaw No. 2819 may petition against the adoption by signing an Elector Response Form.

At least 10% of electors must petition against the proposal prior to the deadline date, which is at least 30 days after the last publication of the Notice, in order to prevent the Board from proceeding with the Bylaw without the approval of the electors.

ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM: The Elector Response Form must be in the form established by the Board and is available at the RDCK Nelson Office at 202 Lakeside Drive during regular office hours or the links below.

Multiple Property OwnersElector Response Forms-Multiple Property Owners

Single Property OwnerElector Response Forms-Single Property Owner

WHO MAY SIGN THE ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM: Electors, either resident or owning property, within the boundaries of the service area are the only persons entitled to sign the Elector Response Form.  An elector is a person who meets the requirements and qualifications as described on the Elector Response Form. The Board has resolved that a fair estimate of the number of electors in the subject area is 2080 . Accordingly, pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, 208 or more electors must sign the Elector Response Form to prevent the Board from proceeding.

DEADLINE: The Elector Response Form must be received by the Chief Election Officer before 4:30 p.m. on August 1, 2022.


AAP Process:

Tom Dool

Chief Elections Officer

Phone: 250.352.8173


Recreation Commission No. 10

Joe Chirico

General Manager of Community Services

Phone: 250.352.8158


The content on this page was last updated July 22 2022 at 2:34 PM