There are a number of areas where the Municipalities Act REQUIRES that the resort village or RM have a bylaw, such as: taxation, making agreements with other communities, borrowing, elections (including absentee voting), building bylaws, council remuneration, speed limits, etc. etc.
Certainly, there are also many aspects of community operation where a Council can choose to have a POLICY rather than BYLAW. Policies describe areas where a Council prefers to have things happen a certain way but also recognizes that it may not always happen that say. A Council would likely have a policy about:
- How many Newsletters the administrator sends out each year,
- How employees are recognized for the work that they do,
- How Council support the work done by community volunteers, etc.
Policies are more often enforced by a reminder letter from the administrator, while bylaw breaches often involve the levying of a penalty or a fine. On the top of the PARCS WEBSITE, the title POLICIES takes you to a group of 53 sample policies published with the agreement of some of our resort villages.