Provincial legislation allocates a range of responsibilities to local government that can include road and park maintenance, garbage collection, business licenses, building permits, and area planning. Municipal and regional property taxes, which are set by the local government, pay for the services provided.
Maple Street in Townsite (Powell River) circa unknown
Blueprints for the original City of Powell River were started in 1909 by industrial pioneers way ahead of their time in their vision of what a company town should be (Powell River Townsite). Incorporated as a City in 2005, Powell River encompasses the neighbourhoods of Wildwood (on the other side of the Powell River); Townsite; Cranberry; and Westview, the hub of the City. With a population of just over 13,000 (2011 census) it is a small, but vibrant city with many attributes to offer both visitors and residents.
"The Powell River Regional District (PRRD) is a British Columbian local government authority incorporating 5 electoral areas and one municipality (the City of Powell River). We provide services such as land use planning, emergency preparedness and 911, solid waste management, regional parks and fire protection to our residents."
The PRRD covers an area of approximately 5,000 sq km ... within the traditional territory of the Sliammon (Tla’amin) First Nation and serves a population of just under 20,000. (excerpt from PRRD website)
The Van Anda Improvement District was incorporated by Letters Patent in November of 1942 and is responsible for providing waterworks and fire protection to the properties within the district boundaries.