Council Matters for November 18, 2015

The Regular Council meeting on November 18 began with three delegations speaking to air quality, health and airshed planning in our area. Dr. Hasselback, our Regional Medical Health Officer, gave an overview indicating that we do face serious issues, including levels of PM2.5 (which refers to particulate matter that is less than 2.5 microns in length) that peak above provincial standards. Burning of wood in heating appliances and outdoor burning of yard and garden waste are the major culprits in the production of this fine particulate that is so unhealthy. Jennifer Lawson used local photos to illustrate the smoky conditions that face many of our residents for a large part of the year and some of the impacts on our community. Keith Lawrence, Senior Environmental Analyst with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), followed with a presentation on airshed planning being led by the CVRD.

A Public Meeting was held for the Kingsview Development Permit, as required by the Land Use Contract. Following comments from the public, largely about traffic flow, Council fully supported the neighbourhood commercial project which will provide Maple Bay residents with some basic goods and services locally.

Council is now deep into budget deliberations. In an effort to more fully engage with the public during this important step leading up to adoption of the five-year financial plan, Council discussed how it could encourage meaningful participation and feedback by the public. Council decided to hold four town hall meetings in late January throughout the community:  the Mount Prevost area, Maple Bay, Crofton and Chemainus. The meetings will begin with a presentation on the draft budget and Councils identified priorities, and finishing with opportunities for members of the community to provide their input. Watch for more information on our website and through Facebook and Twitter for the dates and times of these meetings in your area. In the meantime, you can view historic and current budget information on our website  We want to hear from youLets Connect!

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