2014 Archives

A message from the Mayor, information about snow removal, and Christmas tree recycling are features in this month'sNorth Cowichan Update. North Cowichan Updates are published monthly. If you would like to subscribe, please click on the link:... More...
Date of Release: Dec 31, 2014


The Municipality of North Cowichan gives notice that it seeks the approval of its Crofton Water Local Area Service electors to enter into a new Water Supply Agreement with Catalyst Paper Corporation.Read more... More...
Date of Release: Dec 29, 2014


The last Council meeting of 2014 began with the Oaths of Office of the Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of the four halls of North Cowichan's Fire Department:  Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and South End. These firefighters have stepped forward to p... More...
Date of Release: Dec 18, 2014


As the winter snow season approaches, the Municipality of North Cowichan (MNC) will endeavour to ensure that all roadways are maintained and kept accessible to all residents throughout the year.  Roadways are cleared on a priority basis, accordi... More...
Date of Release: Dec 03, 2014


The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island Health has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Cowichan Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until weather conditions change. Open burning ... More...
Date of Release: Dec 02, 2014


Official 2014 Election results areavailable for viewing. More...
Date of Release: Nov 19, 2014


Council held its final meeting of this term on Thursday, November 6. There was a lengthy agenda with some notable items. First up were the winners of the Community for Climate Household Challenge, a five-week effort by five families to redu... More...
Date of Release: Nov 12, 2014


(November 12, 2014, North Cowichan) - By early spring, BMX bike riders, skateboarders, inline skaters and scooter enthusiasts will have a home to call their own. New Line Skateparks Inc. has been awarded the contract to construct a new skate par... More...
Date of Release: Nov 12, 2014


(November 6, 2014, North Cowichan) - For the winners of the North Cowichan Community for Climate Household Challenge—Tyrone and Agnes Mills and their children, Emilia (6) and Alan (6 months)—the challenge has become choice. After five weeks of w... More...
Date of Release: Nov 06, 2014


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC.  At the September 3, 2014 Regular Coun... More...
Date of Release: Oct 27, 2014


Public notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Municipality of North Cowichan that an election by voting is necessary to elect one (1) Mayor and six (6) Councillors for approximately a four-year term beginning December 3, 2014.  Plea... More...
Date of Release: Oct 20, 2014


Council dealt with several important issues at its October 15 regular meeting.The first was the road to Stoney Hill. The lowest tender for the construction of the road came in significantly higher than the budget allowed for in the Local Area Se... More...
Date of Release: Oct 16, 2014


Effective October 15, 2014 - Water Use Restrictions Downgraded from Stage 3 to Stage 1 ​FOR ALL USERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH COWICHAN WATER SYSTEMS ​(Chemainus, Crofton and South End)Effective October 15, 2014, the Municip... More...
Date of Release: Oct 15, 2014


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 heavy smoke or fumes, interferes with the normal use or enjoyment of life or... More...
Date of Release: Oct 09, 2014


The Chemainus Water System is supplied by two sources of water, the Chemainus River Wells water supply from October 15 to June 15, and from the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Wednesday, October 15, the water supply fo... More...
Date of Release: Oct 03, 2014


The September 17 regular council meeting began with two public hearings on land use issues. Following the public hearings, Council considered a motion that had been postponed from a previous meeting:  that Council support the ... More...
Date of Release: Sep 19, 2014


North Cowichan Council met on September 3, 2014. There was a lengthy discussion on the wording of a non-binding question for the upcoming election ballot regarding the possibility of amalgamation with the City of Duncan.Council had previously ag... More...
Date of Release: Sep 08, 2014


September 5 - As of 10:00 a.m. today the Municipal Forest Reserve gates for Mt. Prevost, Mt. Sicker, and Grace Road have been opened. More...
Date of Release: Sep 05, 2014


Effective at noon September 4, 2014, the ban on campfires in supervised campgrounds and recreational fire pits is officially lifted. As per the Municipality'sFire Protection Bylaw, opening burning is still prohibited within North Cowichan. Pleas... More...
Date of Release: Sep 04, 2014


Please be advised that the ban on all open burning - including campfires and firepits - within North Cowichan remains in place. While we are aware that the Coastal Fire Centre campfire ban has now been lifted, in consultation with the Forestry Depart... More...
Date of Release: Aug 28, 2014


As part of the implementation of the Chemainus Town Centre Revitalization Plan, upgrades to Waterwheel Square have now begun. Following completion, it is anticipated that the Square will offer more inviting public gathering spaces, enhanced... More...
Date of Release: Aug 27, 2014


Further to the Order to Vacate notifications delivered to boat owners in Maple Bay on July 9, 2014, please be advise that North Cowichan Municipal Council, at its August 20, 2014, regular meeting passed the following resolution: That Council dire... More...
Date of Release: Aug 26, 2014


Council considered a full agenda with a crowded chamber at the August 20 Council meeting. There was significant public comment on the two main issues of moorage in Maple Bay and locating the new Chemainus skate park at the old Chemainus Elementa... More...
Date of Release: Aug 21, 2014


HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE DRAFT CROFTON LOCAL AREA PLAN!The Municipality of North Cowichan will be hosting a final open house on the draft Crofton Local Area Plan (LAP) on Thursday, September 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crofton Community Ce... More...
Date of Release: Aug 18, 2014


The Municipality of North Cowichan’s Climate Change Advisory Committee is holding the first CommunityforClimate Household Challenge.  North Cowichan residents have until September 10, 2014, to enter to be one of five selected households. The Hou... More...
Date of Release: Aug 11, 2014


​FOR ALL USERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH COWICHAN WATER SYSTEMS​​(Chemainus, Crofton and South End)Due to low snow pack, low rainfall over the last few weeks, forecasts of a hotter and drier than normal summer, and record low flows in the Cowichan... More...
Date of Release: Jul 24, 2014


At its regular meeting on July 16, North Cowichan Council received a delegation from the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association (CERCA). CERCA is concerned about light and noise pollution, disposal of dredge-ate and management of l... More...
Date of Release: Jul 23, 2014


As per section 10(2) of theFire Protection Bylaw and the recent bulletin from the Ministry of Forests, an open burning ban will be imposed for the Municipality of North Cowichan. Effective at noon July 17, 2014, all open burning (including campfi... More...
Date of Release: Jul 16, 2014


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 Monday, July 14, until further notice. Areas affec... More...
Date of Release: Jul 14, 2014


Notice is given that a Special Council Meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. The purpose of the meeting is to to consider pos... More...
Date of Release: Jul 08, 2014


On July 2, Council met to consider the draft University Village Local Area Plan (UVLAP). Staff presented the plan, which is intended to be an appendix to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and to give clear direction on land use in the University Vill... More...
Date of Release: Jul 04, 2014


At its June 18 meeting, Council held a lengthy Public Hearing to consider a proposal to rezone a lot on Highland Avenue from R3 (Residential One and Two Family) to R7-A (Residential Ground-Oriented Multi-Family) to facilitate a townhouse develop... More...
Date of Release: Jun 20, 2014


The Chemainus Water System is supplied by two sources, the Chemainus River Wells water supply from October 15 to June 15, and from the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Sunday, June 15, the water supply for the Chemainus... More...
Date of Release: Jun 16, 2014


Effective June 1 to October 31 each year, no person may use a sprinkler to water lawn or other plants on a property with: (a)    an even numbered address, except on even numbered days, between the hours of 6:00 am to ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 11, 2014


The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to announce that Van der Zalm & Associates with New Line Skateparks has been selected to complete the design and construction drawings for a comm... More...
Date of Release: Jun 10, 2014


The Council meeting held on June 4, 2014, will likely be remembered for the final reading and adoption of the Echo Heights Park Dedication Bylaw. With a 6-1 vote, Council created a nearly 50 acre park that will be enjoyed by generations to come.... More...
Date of Release: Jun 05, 2014


Property tax notices have been mailed. If you havenotreceived your 2014 property tax notice, please contact the Municipal Hall at 250.746.3100. Payments must be received by 4:30 pm July 2, 2014, to be accepted without penalty. All unpaid 2014 tax... More...
Date of Release: Jun 04, 2014


As per Section 10(2) of theFire Protection Bylawand the recent bulletin from the Ministry of Forests, an open burning ban will be imposed for the Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at noon on June 3, 2014. This ban includes properties loc... More...
Date of Release: Jun 03, 2014


On Wednesday May 14, 2014, at the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, BC, the Municipality of North Cowichan’s Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) won a silver award of excellence in Policy Planning – Small Town and... More...
Date of Release: Jun 03, 2014


Although Council had a relatively short agenda for its regular meeting on May 21, the gallery was full. The majority of those attending were interested in the outcome of the second and third readings of the Park Dedication (Echo Heights) Bylaw. The B... More...
Date of Release: May 22, 2014


Notice is given under section 99 of the Community Charter that North Cowichan Municipal Council will hold its annual meeting to consider its 2013 Annual Municipal Report and submissions and questions from the public at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jun... More...
Date of Release: May 20, 2014


A volunteer is 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: May 13, 2014


North Cowichan, BC - Starting May 19, 2014, residents of North Cowichan, Cowichan Tribes, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Electoral Areas and many other communities across BC will be able to add 10 more items t... More...
Date of Release: May 09, 2014


Council met for 5 hours on May 7 to deal with a packed agenda with the RCMP Quarterly report, BroomBusters delegation, Municipal Auditors 2013 report and the proposed Echo Heights Parks Dedication Bylaw--just to name a few of the high profile di... More...
Date of Release: May 09, 2014


North Cowichan, BC - After a ­­­successful search for the best location, North Cowichan is excited to proceed with a new skate park on the former Chemainus Elementary School site. Staff will soon issue a Request for Proposals for the new skate park, ... More...
Date of Release: May 05, 2014


This is a notice to all South End Water UsersAs of Thursday, May 1, users in the Maple Bay area will have chlorine added to their water supply due to the detection of a low grade bacterial count. This is required to safeguard the water supply, and to... More...
Date of Release: May 02, 2014


The Municipality of North Cowichan’s Climate Change Advisory Committee will be launching its first communityforclimate Household Challenge at the regional Earth Day celebration on April 26, 2014, at Charles Hoey Park. The Household Challenge is a new... More...
Date of Release: Apr 23, 2014


On April 16, Council had a full agenda. The 2014-2018 Financial Plan received three readings. After many months of consideration and adjustments, there will be a net tax increase to the general municipal portion of the taxes of 2.64% in 2014 which is... More...
Date of Release: Apr 23, 2014


The April 2 Council meeting began with two interesting delegations. The Regional Affordable Housing Directorate of Social Planning Cowichan presented the results of its Cowichan Homelessness Survey. The Survey gives a current estimate of those in the... More...
Date of Release: Apr 03, 2014


North Cowichan and Duncan – On Monday April 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., a Public Open House will be held in the gym at Alexander Elementary School, 2741 Beverly Street, to present the final proposed Plan for the University Village Area.  This are... More...
Date of Release: Mar 28, 2014


At the March 19 Council meeting, a local area service to provide municipal sewer to the Meadow Park subdivision was again the topic of discussion. In May 2012, a valid petition in favour of an extension of the South End sewer system to serve Meadow P... More...
Date of Release: Mar 21, 2014


Can you switch off for one hour for a moment of darkness?Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro where everyone is encouraged to turn off their lights and other unnecessary electronics and... More...
Date of Release: Mar 19, 2014


Council is interested in receiving applications from members of the public wishing to serve on North Cowichan's Community Planning Advisory Committee. This Committee advises Council on: 1) planning and land use management; 2) heritage conservatio... More...
Date of Release: Mar 11, 2014


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 heavy smoke or fumes, interferes with the normal use or enjoyment of life or pr... More...
Date of Release: Mar 10, 2014


Council's regular meeting on March 5 had a packed agenda that kept Council in session for over six hours. The meeting began with two important Public Hearings. The first provided Council the opportunity to hear from the public regarding the proposed ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 10, 2014


On February 19 Council met for its regular session. The main item for discussion was the Chief Administrative Officer's (CAO) report on three potential sites being considered for a new RCMP detachment. The report contained an analysis based on seven ... More...
Date of Release: Feb 21, 2014


The Director of Development Services gives notice that the North Cowichan Council will consider the issuance of a Development Variance Permit for 3331 Henry Road during its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Co... More...
Date of Release: Feb 19, 2014


At its February 11 meeting, North Cowichan Council expressed support for all the participants in the Olympic Games at Sochi, regardless of sexual orientation. Any discrimination based on sexual orientation, whether by action or in law, was condemned&... More...
Date of Release: Feb 14, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North Cowichan & Duncan –  A Public Open House will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym at Alexander School, 2741 Beverly Street, to present draft options as to how the Van... More...
Date of Release: Feb 11, 2014


The RCMP Headquarters site selection process elicited an interesting discussion at Council's February 5, 2014, regular meeting. Council received a report which recommended the following site selection criteria:  1. RCMP s... More...
Date of Release: Feb 07, 2014


North Cowichan Council invites you to attend a Public Open House to review the proposed 2014 – 2018 Financial Plan. Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Time:  1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location:  Council Chambers, North... More...
Date of Release: Feb 07, 2014


The January 15 Council meeting featured a lengthy discussion of sites for the new RCMP headquarters. It was made clear that the original site proposed for consideration, a five acre property on Beverly Street owned by North Cowichan, was removed from... More...
Date of Release: Jan 16, 2014


North Cowichan/Duncan, BC – The Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan and Town of Lake Cowichan are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to end the two-tier fee structure at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre for residents of the ... More...
Date of Release: Jan 14, 2014


North Cowichan has identified and entered into a conditional purchase agreement for an alternate site for a new North Cowichan / Duncan Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment at the north-west corner of Ford and Drinkwater Roads, immediately... More...
Date of Release: Jan 08, 2014