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 proposed draft of the new By-laws is now complete and the UNA Board of Directors wants to hear the opinions and comments of UNA Members and Residents before bringing the draft By-laws to the UNA Members for approval at a Special General Meeting (SGM) of UNA Members on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
UNA Members will receive Notice of the SGM and the final draft By-laws by mail no later than 21 days prior to the SGM as required by the By-laws.
Please send your comments to email@example.com by February 9, 2017.
Update on the By-law Review
Following the public consultation, the UNA Board of Directors has put the Special General Meeting originally scheduled for April 6, 2017 on hold to further engage members and residents in the process of amending the UNA’s By-Laws.
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.