Council Matters - July 15, 2015


Council faced a long agenda on July 15. The meeting began with awards for winners of the annual Friends of the Environment Poster Contest. The contest is delivered through North Cowichans Environmental Education Program, established in 2000. Each year students in kindergarten through grade seven who participate in the program can enter the poster contest. This years theme was water conservation. Through their art the children demonstrated wonderful creativity to encourage and promote water conservation in our valley.

Rosalie Sawrie of One Cowichan followed with a presentation on the merits of solar energy and the goal of becoming the Solar Capital of Canada.

After receiving input at the Public Hearing on the proposed Regina Drive Park Exchange, Council passed an amendment to the Official Community Plan to facilitate an exchange of existing land at the end of Regina Drive for a new larger area of land to be dedicated for park purposes. Later in the meeting Council passed Bylaw 3561, Regina Drive Park Exchange Bylaw, which authorized the land exchange which will facilitate the construction of a new pedestrian trail between Regina Drive and Lakes Road, becoming another strategic link within our regional trail network that all can enjoy.

Council had a lengthy discussion before reading for a second and third time, the Crofton Local Area Plan Bylaw (www.northcowichan.ca/CroftonLAP). While the Official Community Plan outlines strategic policies for the entire Municipality, a local area plan provides more detailed guidance for planning and development decisions at a neighbourhood scale. Council will consider adoption of the Crofton Local Area Plan Bylaw at its August 19 regular meeting. This plan will chart the course of development for the community of Crofton for many years to come.

The University Village Local Area Plan (www.northcowichan.ca/UVLAP) was finally adoptedthe result of a process that began nearly two years ago. We thank all those that had a part in developing and forming this Plan which gives us a future-oriented, long-range vision for the University Village area that will create a pedestrian-friendly place with high-quality amenities for both visitors and residents.

Two Loan Authorization Bylaws were adopted, one for up to $864,000 to fund the replacement of the Henry Road watermain in Chemainus, and the other for up to $1,700,000 to fund the completion of flood protection works north of Beverly Street along the east side of the Trans-Canada Highway so that the town core will be protected against a 1 in 200 year flood.

The Cowichan Farm Incubator Project took a big step forward with Council authorizing the signing of a 5-year Licence of Occupation with the Cowichan Green Community to operate an incubator farm on 3.4 acres of North Cowichan land on Beverly Street.

Council appreciates hearing from you. If you have input on these or any other matters, email us atcouncil@northcowichan.ca.