In November 2016, the new British Columbia Societies Act came into effect replacing the old Society Act under which the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) was incorporated in 2002.
In order to be compliant with the new Act, the UNA did not undertake a general revision of the By-laws but conducted a special project to review and amend the UNA By-laws in accordance with the following objectives:
- Comply with the provisions of the new Societies Act
- Support the purposes and goals of the UNA
- Reflect the practices of the UNA
- Be internally consistent with clear language, and
- Comply with any contractual agreements the UNA has entered into with the
- University of British Columbia or other third parties that impact the UNA’s authority.
The UNA Board of Directors appointed a By-law and Governance Review Committee comprised of residents, stakeholders, legal counsel and UNA staff to assist with the special project. A draft of the proposed by-laws was posted on line for comments from UNA members.
As a result of comments received, the UNA Board of Directors cancelled the Special AGM that was scheduled for April 2017 and determined that it will consider more substantive changes to the by-laws. An advisory committee will be appointed, and UNA members and residents will be invited to take part in a discussion of more substantive changes to the UNA by-laws before they are presented to the membership for consideration and approval in the future.
UNA Constitution and By-laws under the new BC Societies Act
In November 2016, the new British Columbia Societies Act came into effect replacing the old Society Act under which the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) was incorporated in 2002. The UNA applied to transition from the Society Act to the Societies Act in December 2016 which included the submission of transition By-laws.
The Neighbours’ Agreement 2015 is the agreement that deals with the way in which the UNA manages municipal services, and financial matters. This Agreement clarifies the UNA’s relationship with UBC and provides a framework for the governance of the UNA community.
The UNA is responsible for local regulation of such things as parking and noise; for managing community and recreational programs and facilities; and for planning future community amenities. The UNA is also responsible for promoting sustainability, maintaining community green spaces, holding elections, liaising with UBC over access to UBC facilities, and liaising with members of other organizations, such as the Vancouver School Board, and Metro Vancouver on issues that affect UNA residents.
UNA Regulatory By-laws
UNA Enforcement and Dispute By-law
A UNA Enforcement and Dispute By-law was approved in August 2012.
UNA Noise By-law
UNA Parking By-law
UNA roads are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation (MoTI). UNA neighbourhood parking rules, supported by MoTI, are enforced by the BC Commissionaires under an agreement with MoTI.