North Cowichan is committed to transparency and public involvement in local government processes. This commitment is described in more detail in the Council Communications Plan, which was adopted in 2012.


January 10, 2017 - North Cowichan, along with the CVRD, Town of Ladysmith, City of Duncan and Town of Lake Cowichan, is excited to announce the launch of PlaceSpeak! PlaceSpeak is an online location-based citizen engagement platform, for consulting with residents on an ongoing basis.

PlaceSpeak is transforming the way people interact with local decision-makers. For the first time, it is possible to genuinely communicate online based on where you live, work and play.

To have some fun and get you started, we have launched an initial topic – Share your favourite spot or hidden gem in the Cowichan Region

Sign up, receive timely notifications of initiatives in your area, provide feedback based on where you live, and influence decisions in a meaningful way!

Discover North Cowichan's current consultation topics:


Public engagement opportunities that are currently ongoing:

  • Bell McKinnon Neighbourhood Plan: the Official Community Plan places the Bell McKinnon area within the Urban Containment Boundaries, designating it as a growth centre. This neighbourhood plan and servicing study to ensure that the Bell McKinnon area is developed in an orderly and consistent way, and that servicing and infrastructure options are explored and planned for.
  • Parks and Trails Master Plan: The Municipality of North Cowichan is developing a comprehensive Parks and Trails Master Plan that will guide the future development and management of our park and trail resources.  The Plan will provide a clear direction for North Cowichan’s parks and trails network that is consistent with the community’s vision and Council’s strategic priorities.
  • Zoning Bylaw Review: The Official Community Plan sets 5 key goals for North Cowichan: Sustainability, Economic Opportunity, Smart Growth, Healthy and Safe Communities, and Community Engagement. To achieve these long term goals, Council policies and bylaws, particularly the existing Zoning Bylaw, require some updates.


For more information, please contact: 

Tammy Isaachsen
Community Liaison
Phone: (250) 746-3206
Email: tammy.isaachsen@northcowichan.ca