Chemainus Business Improvement Area Renewal

What’s Proposed: To renew the Business Improvement Area

In cooperation with the Chemainus Business Improvement Association (the ‘Association’), the Council of the District of North Cowichan proposes to renew the Business Improvement Area (BIA) as a Council initiative under the authority of the Community Charter. A BIA is an area designated by Council in which businesses and property owners can finance effective marketing, promotional and revitalization programs for a specified area of the municipality.

Council proposes to adopt Chemainus Business Improvement Area Bylaw No. 3823, 2021, the purpose of which is to authorize the renewal of the Chemainus Business Improvement Area (CBIA), as shown outlined in bold on the map below, for the purpose of undertaking a Business Improvement Area service under the authority of section 215 of the Community Charter. All of the costs of the service would be recovered through an annual tax levy on the land and improvements of owners and taxable occupiers of Class 6 property within the CBIA.

The bylaw would be in effect until May 1, 2024, and would authorize the District, during the calendar years 2021 through 2023, to grant to the Association approximately $110,000 on or before August 1, 2021, 2022 and 2023.  Within the BIA boundary there will be 3 different property value taxes, per thousand dollars of assessed value: $4.25 for Sub Area 1, $3.50 for Sub Area 2, and $2.50 for Sub Area 3.

View the proposed bylaw Chemainus Business Improvement Area Bylaw, 2021, No. 3823

ALL CLASS 6 PROPERTY OWNERS TAXABLE WITHIN THE CBIA desiring to petition against proposed Bylaw No. 3823 must do so in writing on or before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021 at District of North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC.

Unless a majority of the owners representing at least half of the assessed value of the parcels which are liable to be specially charged, petition Council NOT to proceed, Bylaw No. 3823 may be adopted without further notice and the Business Improvement Area service for the CBIA may proceed.

Instructions to Petitioners:
The Community Charter requires that in order for a petition against a proposed local service to be valid:

  1. The person signing a petition must be the owner of a parcel that would be subject to the local service tax.
  2. If two or more persons are owners of a parcel, they will be considered as one owner and their signatures will only be considered if a majority of them have signed the same petition.
  3. A person who would be liable to a local service tax by reason of being the holder or occupier of land held by an owner who is exempt from property taxation, may sign a petition as if the person were the owner.
  4. The petition must include the petitioner’s full name, signature (by authorized signing officers in the case of corporations), and civic address of the Class 6 property within the proposed Chemainus BIA that is owned or occupied by the petitioner.
  5. The petition must be in the form established by the District of North Cowichan. 

Signed petitions must be delivered to the District of North Cowichan, 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC, V9L 6A1, and received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021. Blank petition forms are available at the North Cowichan Municipal Hall (7030 Trans-Canada Highway), during regular office hours, or by email from: