Orders to Vacate Rescinded for Boat Owners Anchored in Maple Bay

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 direct staff to:
1. Rescind the bylaw contravention notices issued on July 9, 2014, on the understanding that further enforcement action may be reviewed once more formal and updated regulations have been considered by Council;

2. Work closely with Transport Canada and the RCMP in order to take immediate action against any future derelict vessels and illegal mooring buoys within North Cowichans municipal boundaries;

3. Further investigate potential enhanced zoning regulations by June 30, 2015 in order to provide enhanced municipal regulations related to moorage within municipal boundaries, which would include the following key issues: live-aboards; derelict and abandoned vessels, registered Transport Canada mooring buoys; pollution / environmental considerations; noise, length of stay provisions; and municipal licensing / permitting options;

4. Further investigate the possibility of entering into a Head Lease(s) with the Province of British Columbia in order to obtain additional regulatory control over key marine areas within North Cowichans municipal boundaries, including a review of administrative capacity and potential cost implications.

5. Consult with representatives from the boating community, the Maple Bay Community Association, and other interested stakeholders to solicit input and feedback on potential new regulatory measures.

Please emailcouncil@northcowichan.ca for more information on the above, or to sign up to receive updates on this matter.