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Unlike most communities in British Columbia, the University Endowment Lands (UEL) does not have a mayor or city council.

Land use, development, taxation, services and other community and local issues are primarily the responsibility of the Provincial Government, and not of a municipality.

A Manager appointed by the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is responsible for the administration of the UEL, including but not limited to the maintenance of sewers, water, sidewalks and local road systems.

Under the current form of administration, the responsibility for decision-making rests with the Manager.

The Official Community Plan (PDF, 5.36MB), adopted in 2005, established the Community Advisory Council (CAC) to assist the Manager by providing advice on key issues. The CAC constitution and bylaws also create the Advisory Design Panel (ADP) to review all development variances and other development applications where members of the community have expressed concern.