2013 Archives

Please be advised that the January 7, 2014, Committee of the Whole meeting has been cancelled. More...
Date of Release: Dec 31, 2013


On December 18, Council dealt with a number of interesting issues. First up was approval of the Council Communications Plan. In 2012, Council recognized the need to develop a communications strategy to guide civic engagement and to manage municipal c... More...
Date of Release: Dec 23, 2013


Volunteers are needed to serve on North Cowichan’s Climate Change Advisory Committee. This Committee advises Council on ways to: (1) comply with British Columbia’s Climate Action Charter; (2) provide stewardship of North Cowichan’s ecological ass... More...
Date of Release: Dec 20, 2013


We are pleased to advise that the Somenos Dog Park is now open. Pedestrians are to be aware of unfinished sidewalk work continuing in the area. More...
Date of Release: Dec 20, 2013


December 4 featured an uncharacteristically brief meeting for Council. It started with the presentation of a Long Service Certificate to Dr. Karl Schutz by the Festival of Murals Society (FOM). The President of the FOM, Tom Andrews, and I were please... More...
Date of Release: Dec 06, 2013


We have a vacancy on North Cowichan's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.  Help us help our community progress by giving us your ideas and expertise. Meetings are generally held at 4:00 p.m. on the last Monday of each month, with t... More...
Date of Release: Nov 29, 2013


Starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, December 2, 2013, the Chemainus River Bridge will be open to all traffic. Please refer to our Road Closures web page to view detour information during construction prior to the Chemainu... More...
Date of Release: Nov 29, 2013


On November 20, Council had another marathon meeting that started at 3:00 p.m. and ended after 9:00 p.m. The main topic of discussion was the land use proposal to preserve 80% and develop 20% of the Echo Heights property in Chemainus.  A... More...
Date of Release: Nov 25, 2013


Due to the Beverly Street water main project, the Somenos Dog Park is closed to the public. Updates on the reopening date will be posted on our website. More...
Date of Release: Nov 20, 2013


Five inductees were added to the North Cowichan – Duncan Sports Wall of Fame at induction ceremonies held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.Ron Andruff – HockeyDon Bodger – MediaChemainus Blues Hockey Club 1968 – 19... More...
Date of Release: Nov 18, 2013


On November 6, Council dealt with a very full agenda. During its Committee of the Whole portion, Council discussed the next steps in providing a public road to Stoney Hill. Consistent with the recommendations from the Stoney Hill Task Force, Council ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 13, 2013


The North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame will have five new inductees this weekend. The inductees will be honoured at an induction ceremony on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.  The 2013 Inductees... More...
Date of Release: Nov 12, 2013


Due to the Beverly Street water main project, the Somenos Dog Park is closed to the public.  The park will reopen on November 9, 2013. More...
Date of Release: Nov 01, 2013


​October 29, 2013 marked the official opening of North Cowichan’s upgradedwater treatment facility on Boys Road.  Thenew building has been designed as a post-disaster seismic structure and has been isolated from the original building using flexi... More...
Date of Release: Oct 31, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan, in collaboration with the local community, has started work on preparing a Community Plan to assist in setting a future blueprint for Crofton. The plan will help flesh out the strategic policies identified in ... More...
Date of Release: Oct 30, 2013


Notice of Proposed Property Disposition Take notice that North Cowichan Council proposes to dispose of interests in the following lands: 1.      Chemainus Road Description of Land: Approximately .0... More...
Date of Release: Oct 23, 2013


At our October 16 Council meeting, citizens concerned about the preservation of Echo Heights filled Council Chambers. They came to support a delegation from the Chemainus Residents Association which made a case that none of Echo Heights should be dev... More...
Date of Release: Oct 18, 2013


On Friday, October 18th, between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, the Catalyst Mill at Crofton will be conducting a test of their emergency preparedness plans and will be testing their Emergency Evacuation Alarm.Residents of Crofton are advised that the a... More...
Date of Release: Oct 17, 2013


The Chemainus water system is supplied by two sources, the Chemainus River wells supply from October 15 to June 15, and the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Tuesday, October 15, the water supply for the Chemai... More...
Date of Release: Oct 15, 2013


Please be aware of theFire Protection Bylaw. Backyard burning is permitted in all zones from March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15 with the following restrictions:      - NO fire may be burned that produces h... More...
Date of Release: Oct 11, 2013


Dog owners may allow a dog to run unleashed in the following areas:•Chemainus Lake Park;•Herd Road Park;•Osborne Bay Park;•Somenos Dog Park;•Fuller Lake Park boat launch area where designated by signs;•Chemainus Ball Park, from September 1 to Mar... More...
Date of Release: Oct 09, 2013


Notice is given that the North Cowichan Municipal Council intends to provide assistance to the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, in the form of a loan guarantee of $400,000, so that the Chamber can build a new tourist information centre at 2896 Dr... More...
Date of Release: Oct 09, 2013


Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan intends to consider the adoption of “Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw,” No. 3519 at its regular meeting at the North Cowichan Municipal Hall on October 16, 201... More...
Date of Release: Oct 07, 2013


​North Cowichan Council met for over five hours on October 2 and dealt with a number of important issues. A number of citizens attended to hear Council discuss the Stoney Hill Task Force recommendations. Council deferred the Local Area... More...
Date of Release: Oct 07, 2013


​The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Fitness Leadership awards were presented during BCFit 2013.  Kim Magnan, a fitness leader at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and the owner/operator of KimFit (a provider of fitness instruct... More...
Date of Release: Oct 01, 2013


​On September 18, 2013, the Municipality of North Cowichan received the top award of the Community Energy Association's Climate & Energy Action Awards for its Climate Action and Energy Plan at the Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention in V... More...
Date of Release: Sep 23, 2013


In the spring, Council received a presentation by Dr. Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer for our region. Dr. Hasselback had noted that we do not meet provincial standards for particulate levels in certain areas and during certain times of the ye... More...
Date of Release: Sep 06, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan, in collaboration with the City of Duncan, is preparing a Local Area Plan for the area around Vancouver Island University/James Street/Beverly Street to assist in the future redevelopment of this area and to help fl... More...
Date of Release: Sep 05, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan, in collaboration with the City of Duncan, is preparing a Local Area Plan for the area around Vancouver Island University/James Street/Beverly Street to assist in the future redevelopment of this area and help flesh... More...
Date of Release: Aug 15, 2013


BC Hydro and Fortis BC are helping customers save!  If you are a BC Hydro customer and living in a low-income household you may be eligible to receive a FREE Energy Saving Kit (valued at $75) from BC Hydro and FortisBC.  Apply onl... More...
Date of Release: Jul 30, 2013


For information on current road closures, lane obstructions, and other road work that might impact your travel plans or commute, please view the Engineering Department's Road Closures page. More...
Date of Release: Jul 23, 2013


The recent and ongoing warm and dry weather has increased the forest fire hazard. In order to protect the Municipal Forest Reserve, the forestry gates will be locked starting from Thursday, July 18, until further notice. ... More...
Date of Release: Jul 18, 2013


Storytime at Kinsmen Park aired on Shaw TV.  This is a great little clip showcasing the work that Cowichan Green Community is doing at Kinsmen Park. More...
Date of Release: Jul 18, 2013


On July 9, a workshop was held to allow discussion on the Petitioner's route through Stoney Hill and Bird's Eye Cove Farm. Almost 30 members of the public expressed their views and recorded their concerns on a questionnaire developed for the meeting.... More...
Date of Release: Jul 18, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan, in collaboration with theCity of Duncan, will be preparing a Local Area Plan for the area around Vancouver Island University / James Street / Beverly Road to help flesh out the strategic policies identified in the ... More...
Date of Release: Jul 17, 2013


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 26 of the Community Charter, that North Cowichan Council intends to lease property known as the Cowichan Sportsplex, located at 5847 Chesterfield Avenue, (Lots 1 and 2, Section 18, Range 7, Quamichan Distri... More...
Date of Release: Jul 15, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan requests proposals from qualified consulting teams whose qualifications include: landscape architecture; urban design; active transportation; land use planning; planning policy; climate change and energy; land u... More...
Date of Release: Jul 11, 2013


Over the last number of months, Council has received public input and has engaged in much discussion on the proposal to provide road access to the Maple Bay Peninsula (Stoney Hill) area. At its June 19 regular meeting, Council postpone... More...
Date of Release: Jul 05, 2013


Notice is hereby given that North Cowichan Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Council Chambers of the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, North Cowichan, BC, to allow Coun... More...
Date of Release: Jul 02, 2013


Date:   Tuesday, July 9 Time:   7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Place:  Maple Bay Fire Hall - 1230 Maple Bay Road Members of the public are invited to participate in a workshop at which options for the alignment ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 25, 2013


Council Matters for June 6 is now ready for viewing! More...
Date of Release: Jun 13, 2013


The North Cowichan Municipal Council gives notice that it proposes to apply to the Province of British Columbia for a change in its letters patent to simplify its corporate name to District Municipality of North Cowichan. Currently, the corporate nam... More...
Date of Release: Jun 04, 2013


Starting Monday, June 17, 2013, the Chemainus River Bridge will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC (including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians) during bridge replacement construction. Completion is expected by Thursday, October 17, 2013 (condi... More...
Date of Release: Jun 03, 2013


Property tax notices have been mailed.  If you have not received your 2013 tax notice, please contact the Municipal Hall at 746-3100.  Payments must be received by 4:30 pm July 2, 2013 to be accepted without penalty.  All unpaid 20... More...
Date of Release: May 31, 2013


We want to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to attend a workshop to discuss plans for the old Chemainus Elementary School site. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your ideas for this property. Walk the grounds and discuss with ... More...
Date of Release: May 31, 2013


During hot weather spells the public inquires about the safety of local water for swimming.  Vancouver Island Health Authority does testing on beaches according to three tier levels.   Fuller Lake is considered Tier thre... More...
Date of Release: May 30, 2013


Notice is given under section 99 of the Community Charter that North Cowichan Municipal Council will hold its annual meeting to consider its 2012 Annual Municipal Report and submissions and questions from the public at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jun... More...
Date of Release: May 24, 2013


North Cowichan Council gives notice, under sections 94 and 227of the Community Charter, that it proposes to adopt Bylaw 3488, "Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw". The reasons for establishing this revitalization program are slow ec... More...
Date of Release: May 21, 2013


Would you like to learn how to create a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce your ecological footprint while having a good time with your friends and neighbours? We can help! Click toview poster.Event:      ... More...
Date of Release: May 17, 2013


At its May 15, 2013, regular meeting, Council passed third reading ofTax Revitalization Bylaw No. 3488. This bylaw recognizes that in uncertain economic times, we are faced with stagnating commercial core areas and underutilized indust... More...
Date of Release: May 16, 2013


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. The purpose of the meeting is to review t... More...
Date of Release: May 06, 2013


At its May 1, 2013, regular meeting, Council adopted a Corporate Energy Management Policy.Municipal staff presented an Energy Management Plan which details energy efficiency projects that coincide with our equipment replacement schedules. T... More...
Date of Release: May 03, 2013


Notice is hereby given that North Cowichan Council will hold a public hearing at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 15, 2013, in the Council Chambers of the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC, to allow Council to receive... More...
Date of Release: Apr 30, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan will be submitting an application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to exclude 1.78 hectares of land on Beverly Street from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for a proposed new RCMP Building.  This in... More...
Date of Release: Apr 26, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan & the City of Duncan request proposals from qualified consulting teams whose qualifications include:  landscape architecture, urban design, active transportation, land use planning, planning policy, cli... More...
Date of Release: Apr 19, 2013


This week's Council Matters is now ready for viewing. More...
Date of Release: Apr 18, 2013


North Cowichan Council gives notice that it will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Council Chambers of the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, North Cowichan, BC. The purpose of the public h... More...
Date of Release: Apr 18, 2013


At its April 9, 2013, Special Council meeting, Municipal Council recommended that staff prepare the 2013 – 2017 Financial Plan and the 2013 Tax Rate Bylaw based on an increase in general municipal taxes of 3.7%. The 3.7% includes a 0.5% (eq... More...
Date of Release: Apr 10, 2013


In February, North Cowichan Council adopted a Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP). As part of this plan, Council is considering a Climate Action and Energy Plan Fund to pay for projects that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing ... More...
Date of Release: Apr 04, 2013


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss th... More...
Date of Release: Apr 02, 2013


North Cowichan Council gives notice, under sections 94 and 227 of the Community Charter, that it proposes to adopt Bylaw 3488, “Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw.”  The reasons for establishing this revitalization program are slow econo... More...
Date of Release: Apr 02, 2013


Take notice that North Cowichan Council proposes to dispose of the following land: Description of Land: the west 40 acres of Section 3, Range 1, Somenos District (PID: 009-751-998; Folio: 05005-000) Nature of Dispostion: Fee Simpl... More...
Date of Release: Mar 25, 2013


At its March 20 regular meeting, Council received a presentation from Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback, and Earle Plain, Air Quality Meteorologist at the Ministry of Environment, on the health impacts of fine particulate and the curren... More...
Date of Release: Mar 22, 2013


North Cowichan, BC – Abingdon Research has provided North Cowichan with the results of a recent telephone survey of 400 random North Cowichan residents seeking their views on a proposal to increase property taxes by 1% to fund a Climate and Ener... More...
Date of Release: Mar 20, 2013


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC.  The purpose of the meeting is the Appoi... More...
Date of Release: Mar 12, 2013


At its March 6 regular meeting, Council dealt with a varied agenda. First up Inspector Hewco presented the RCMP detachment's 4th quarter report. He went on to note one of the detachment's latest successes was the arrest of a ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 07, 2013


North Cowichan Council adopted a Climate Action and Energy Plan on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The Plan outlines emissions reduction and energy conservation targets along with strategies and recommendations that will enable the Municipality to redu... More...
Date of Release: Mar 01, 2013


Volunteers are needed to serve on the following North Cowichan Advisory Committees: Climate Change Advisory Committee: This Committee advises Council on ways to: (1) comply with British Columbia’s Climate Action Charter; (2) provide stewa... More...
Date of Release: Feb 25, 2013


At its February 20, 2013, regular meeting, Council adopted a new Climate Action and Energy Plan. Council further directed staff to engage a survey company to ask a representative sample of North Cowichan taxpayers whether they would support... More...
Date of Release: Feb 22, 2013


After a four-year search for a suitable site for a new RCMP building, North Cowichan has identified a potential 1.78 ha parcel located on the north side of Beverly Street between the Trans Canada Highway and York Road. North Cowichan staff has been u... More...
Date of Release: Feb 21, 2013


The Municipality of North Cowichan invites you to attend and participate in a Public Meeting to learn about the Official Community Plan and what it means for a new Crofton Local Area Planning Process. Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 Time: D... More...
Date of Release: Feb 14, 2013


North Cowichan Council invites you to attend a Public Open House to review the proposed 2013 – 2017 Financial Plan. Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Time: 1pm – 3pm Location: Council Chambers, North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans C... More...
Date of Release: Feb 13, 2013


Council received much public input at its February 6 regular meeting on the proposed Maple Bay Peninsula Road bylaws, as well as the Meadow Park Sewer Local Area Bylaw. Watch the video clips below to get an update on these projects.Mayor's Messa... More...
Date of Release: Feb 12, 2013


North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have made an arrest for two incidents of inappropriate touching that occurred at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre. Read the RCMP news release for more information.RCMP News Release More...
Date of Release: Feb 08, 2013


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. The purpose of the meeting is to review the draft 201... More...
Date of Release: Feb 08, 2013


The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are investigating two touching incidents that occurred at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre. The RCMP has issued a news release.RCMP News Release More...
Date of Release: Feb 06, 2013


The Honourable Ron Cantelon, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum announced today that the Cowichan Valley has been awarded the rights to host the 2018 BC Summer Games. “The BC Games are a fantastic way to celebrate active living in British Columbia and the e... More...
Date of Release: Jan 25, 2013


With only one regular council meeting this month, and as a way to start off the new year, we took a little extra time to bring you this issue of Council Matters. Follow the attached link to view Council Matters on video.Council Matters More...
Date of Release: Jan 17, 2013


The following documents will provide a brief history of Stoney Hill (Maple Bay Peninsula), the proposal to remove land from the forest reserve to provide public access to the area, a map outlining the proposed road network and a report from the Direc... More...
Date of Release: Jan 15, 2013