Council Committees, Commissions & Board Appointments
Per the Community Charter, Council may appoint committees and commissions to provide advice on a matter to—or operate a service on behalf of—the governing body. These groups include appointed members of council and the public and are supported by district staff. These committees and commissions provide council and staff with input about a variety of matters through meetings, discussions, presentations and recommendations.
Wonder what your council is doing outside of council chambers to advocate for our community and citizens? Members of council are appointed to a multitude of boards and committees, allowing the district and its citizens to have a voice in decisions and initiatives made by external agencies and organizations that directly affect our community.
All meetings of district committees and commissions are open to the public. Portions of meetings may be closed to the public when sensitive or confidential information is being considered. The authority to close meetings is limited to only those circumstances set out in section 90 of the Community Charter.
When new committees and commissions are established, or when vacancies become available, we advertise these volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in serving your community as a committee member, we encourage you to monitor our website, social media and advertising for opportunities!
Founded in 2016, Elkford’s Youth Action Network goes by the name SYS.tem. The Youth Network Coordinator engages with Elkford’s youth, other youth networks, and a variety of stakeholders, businesses and non-profit groups to offer initiatives that interest and cater to the youth in our community.
Supported entirely by grant funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, the purpose of the Youth Action Network Commission is to assist in operation of the Youth Action Network group, which is focused on increasing opportunities for meaningful youth engagement and supporting youth driven projects and ideas.
Wondering how to get involved or take part in SYS.tem’s youth activities? Find them on Facebook @SYStem-Elkford and Instagram @sys.tem_elkford.
All municipalities with a zoning bylaw in place must maintain public members to a Board of Variance. The Board’s role is to consider applications for variances to the District’s Zoning Bylaw where compliance to applicable legislation would cause hardship. This group operates independently from council under the Local Government Act.
Elkford’s Board of Variance consists of three members of the public, appointed by council, and it meets on an as-needed basis.
How to Apply
Before applying to the Board of Variance, you should review your plans and drawings with the District’s Planning and Development Services Department to determine if a variance is required. Contact the Director of Planning & Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.865.4000.
The application fee and process are outlined in the Board of Variance Bylaw.
The purpose of the committee is to advise the District of Elkford and industry on potential solutions for the accommodation of workers of the mining industry that the community of Elkford supports. The committee is solutions-oriented, aiming to help develop partnerships between the mining industry, development industry, the District and higher-level governments and other government agencies.
In 2023, council established the Urban Wildlife Committee to advise on issues related to urban wildlife within the boundaries of the District of Elkford, including conservation, minimization of human-wildlife conflicts, tracking statistics and public education methods.
This newly established committee replaces the former Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee, which was dissolved in October 2022.