Fonds - Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds

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Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds

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  • 1963-1984 (Creation)
    Cortes Island Ratepayers Association

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94 cm of textual records;5 cm of maps

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The Cortes Island Ratepayers Association (CIRA) was an association of property owners and residents formed in 1963 in order to "further the development of the island and to have a representative body in dealing with the Provincial government." It successfully lobbied for the provision of electrical and ferry service to the island and became a forum for the discussion of other issues such as roads, fire protection, garbage disposal, water quality, rural mail delivery and library services. From the time that Cortes Island was designated Electoral Area I of the Comox-Strathcona Regional District in 1968, the Advisory Planning Commission (usually appointed by the Regional Director) was formed of the elected executive of CIRA. CIRA declared itself inactive in 1984 following a protracted court case it had pursued in defense of the Official Settlement Plan and zoning by-law.

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During the term of the last president of CIRA, the records were kept in the Gorge Harbour Community Hall, where they remained after the dissolution of the organization in 1984. They were transferred to CIMAS by the Whaletown Community Club (owner of the hall) in 2000.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Cortes Island Ratepayers Association (CIRA), including administrative documents, minutes of CIRA and APC meetings, annual reports, newsletters, correspondence and materials related to the provision of services, land use planning and other issues of island concern. The fonds is composed of the following series: Administrative Documents, Minutes; Financial; Newsletters and Notices; Subject files; Community Planning and Land Use (Advisory Planning Commission); Clippings; Maps and Plans.

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BCAUL control number: CIM-1620

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