Council Matters - September 17, 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 following non-binding question on the upcoming election ballot: "Are you in favour of spending $15,000 (North Cowichan's 50% share) to study the options, costs, and benefits of re-alignment of the boundary between the municipalities of North Cowichan and City of Duncan?"

After some discussion, Council agreed that there was no interest in looking at a boundary re-alignment; however, Council did agree to placing the following non-binding opinion question on the upcoming election ballot:

"Are you in favour of conducting a study to explore the costs and benefits of amalgamation of the municipalities of North Cowichan and City of Duncan?"

There was general agreement that the results of this non-binding question would provide valuable information for the next Council to consider in future governance deliberations.