Council Matters for November 4, 2015

On November 4 at 1:30 p.m., North Cowichan Council met in a session that ended at 6 pm. The meeting began with two Public Hearingsone concerning the proposed rezoning of 3326 Creegan Drive to facilitate zoning for a community care facility, and the other to make a text amendment to allow greater flexibility of housing design in the Mixed Family Comprehensive Development Zone (CD4). Following public input, Council supported both bylaws.
While the official Climate & Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association (CEA) was presented to North Cowichan during the recent Union of BC Municipalities Convention, Eric Brown of the CEA appeared as a delegation to formally present the award to Council for the University Village Sustainable Local Area Plan. The plan, the result of a collaborative process undertaken with the City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes, School District 79 and Vancouver Island University, was recognized for its many progressive policies, was developed by staff and a consultant with extensive community input.
Thanks to the generous assistance of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 358), the Cowichan Aquatic Centre will again open for 4 hours on Family Day in February 2016.
After determining that soil conditions were as poor at 4 potential sites, staff recommended that Council consider locating the Crofton Skate Park on municipally-owned land on Chaplin Street, immediately west of the old Western Forest Products building. Council gave preliminary support and directed staff to hold a public meeting to present the concept plan and receive feedback from the public. Further details on when that meeting will occur will be made available on our website, and through the Crofton Community Centre Society.
A 52 acre parcel of land in the Echo Heights and Channel Boulevard area in Chemainus will be renamed Wul'aam (echo) Park in recognition of the significance of the area to the Penelakut First Nation. Wul'aam, which means echo, was chosen after consultation with Chief Earl Jack and elder Florence James.
This summer there were concerns expressed during the drought about refilling the pool at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (CAC) with water from our domestic wells beside the Cowichan River after it was emptied in August for maintenance. Staff determined that they could use well water on the CAC site instead the domestic supply.  Council supported using the ground will water source should Stage 3 watering restrictions be in effect in the future.
The Director of Development Services updated Council on new plans to move ahead with development on the former Cliffs Over Maple Bay site at the top of Kingsview. It is anticipated that the owners will bring forward a KingsView Comprehensive Development Plan in the next few months. Following that, there will be public consultation on the plan.