Alternative Approval Process

Fifth Street Bridge AAP

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to measure public support for borrowing funds to rehabilitate the Fifth Street Bridge is now complete.

A total of 52 valid Elector Response Forms were received for Bylaw 2978 prior to the deadline of 4:30 p.m., November 16th, 2020. As the City did not receive elector response forms surpassing 10% of the total number of electors in opposition of the proposed Bylaw, elector approval has been achieved.

In order to proceed with construction in 2021, the City of Courtenay will need to borrow $3.4 million. Council adopted Loan Authorization Bylaw 2978 at the December 9, 2020 Council meeting. 

What is the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project?

The Fifth Street Bridge was constructed in 1960. The last significant investment in the bridge, including seismic upgrading, was in 2012. The bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. Active construction is planned to start in spring 2021, and is expected to take approximately six months.

Total project costs are estimated at $6.3 million. The project will be funded through a combination of $1.96 million in grant funding, $0.94 million in reserves, and the remaining $3.4 million in borrowing. 

Annual debt servicing costs for this project are estimated at $233,293 over 20 years. The impact to the average residential property would be approximately $13/year.

Learn more about the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project


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For further information about the AAP, please contact Wendy Sorichta, Corporate Officer at 250-334-4441 or


What is the Alternative Approval Process?

Some City initiatives, such as certain bylaws or borrowing, require permission from the electors (voters) before they can be adopted by Council.  There are two options to achieve that permission:

  1. Through an AAP
  2. Through Assent Voting (formerly known as a referendum)

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) process allows you to indicate your opposition to a proposal, such as borrowing for a project.

Councils most commonly use an AAP to gauge public opinion. This is because AAP is less expensive for taxpayers than Assent Voting and can be used whenever the legislation requires the City to obtain permission from the electors. 

With an AAP, the City of Courtenay will provide notice about the proposed decision in the local newspaper. Electors will then have at least 30 days to complete and submit an Elector Response Form indicating their opposition to the proposal.

If less than 10 per cent of eligible electors register their opposition, Council may choose to proceed with the proposal. 

If 10 per cent or more of eligible electors oppose the proposal in the time period provided, the City of Courtenay would then need to obtain approval through assent voting (referendum) before the proposal could proceed.

Prior AAPs

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