Series GR-2899 - Public inquiry records

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Public inquiry records

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  • 1974 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Municipal Affairs

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Originals, 12 cm

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The Dept. of Municipal Affairs was established in 1934 with the enactment of the Department of Municipal Affairs Act (SBC 1934, c. 52). Prior to that, municipal matters had been administered by a municipal branch of the Dept. of the Attorney-General.

The Dept. of Municipal Affairs was responsible for administration, review and processing of by-laws relative to municipalities, regional districts, and improvement districts; evaluation of administrative practices and procedures, including financial management, of local governments; special programs respecting building regulations; and regional planning processes for municipalities and regional districts.

In 1976, the mandate and functions of the Dept. of Housing and the Dept. of Municipal Affairs were merged and the department was renamed the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (OIC 3199/76).

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A Public Inquiry, under section 728 of the Municipal Act, re the Corporation of the District of Surrey, Donald S. White, Esq., Commissioner: report of the Commissioner, January 28, 1974. The Commissioner was appointed by Order in Council 1586/73 to Inquire into (1) the affairs of the Corporation of Surrey involving land transactions and re-zoning applications, and any involvement therein of members of Council, officials or employees since January 1, 1971, (2) whether information gathered in the pursuit of official business was disclosed for private advantage, and (3) any matter affecting the good government of Surrey that may come to the attention of the Inquiry.

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Received from Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture, 1991.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number(s): GR-2899

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  • Box: GR2899-0001