Council Matters - May 20, 2015


The May 20 Regular Council meeting began with Inspector Ray Carfantan presenting the Quarterly Report on the activities of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment. The Prolific Offender Management Program and Domestic Violence pilot project continue to be front and centre in the work of the detachment. Additionally, traffic safety, community relations and visibility, and substance abuse are main areas of concern for the detachment.

Council next began the process to amend the Official Community Plan to facilitate an exchange of Municipal park lands on Regina Drive for a new linear park and trail connecting Regina Drive and Lakes Road.  There were a number of residents present at the meeting who were concerned about this issue. Attendees were advised there will be more opportunities to understand the proposal during the thorough process to consider the park exchange. If approved, this amendment will create a designated nature trail from Regina Drive to Lakes Road.

With water conservation a concern for all of us, Council adopted Bylaw 3578, Waterworks Amendment Bylaw to strengthen our water conservation regulations and make them consistent with neighbouring local governments. The current drought conditions brought this issue to the fore earlier than expected this year.

We then considered and gave first reading to a Bylaw to create the Crofton Local Area Plan (LAP). This LAP is intended to provide a higher degree of certainty and intent regarding future development in Crofton, as envisaged in our overarching Official Community Plan. The vision for Crofton is a seaside community with a compact commercial area that is attractive to both residents and visitors, surrounded by sufficient residential population to support the services that will improve long-term sustainability. There will be a public information session, hopefully in June, to provide an opportunity to examine the plan and suggest further refinements.  This is an exciting time for Crofton and I would like to thank community members that participated in the Advisory Working Group for their dedication to moving this plan forward.

Council debated and supported a Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Policy that is based on working with property owners to seek voluntary compliance, but also sets out progressive steps to rectify non-compliant situations. Council supported the approach and appreciated the clarity in the report provided by the Director of Development Services.

Finally, Council endorsed the bid to host the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in our area of Vancouver Island.

Thank you for reading Council Matters. Council appreciates your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts on these or other matters by writing tocouncil@northcowichan.ca.