The University Neighbourhoods Association represents a unique form of community governance in British Columbia, in that the Association is established under the BC Societies Act, rather than the Local Government Act. The reason for this governance structure is that the UNA community, along with the rest of the University community, is located on unincorporated land.
The UNA provides municipal-like governance for the residents of the UNA neighbourhoods and serves as an advisory body to the UBC Board of Governors. The relationship between the UNA and UBC is described in the Neighbours’ Agreement, which was signed on March 31, 2008. The Neighbours’ Agreement provides a legal framework for the governance of the growing UNA community and outlines the rights and obligations of both partners to the agreement.
Governance Options for UNA Residents
To raise awareness of the important issue of governance on campus, the UNA Board of Directors commissioned Jim Taylor, Hampton Place resident and first Chair of UNA Board, to analyze governance options.
In this report, Jim Taylor describes four possible governance options, lays out their respective advantages and disadvantages, and analyzes the likelihood of each option’s outcomes:
- Retain and further enhance the present UNA governance model (the “enhanced status quo”);
- Amalgamate with the City of Vancouver;
- Incorporate as a regular municipality; and
- Incorporate as a “special” municipality.
Read the full report – Governance Options for UNA Residents (updated September 2012).