Council Matters - September 2, 2015

On Wednesday, September 2, Council sat for over five hours to deal with a variety of issues.
The meeting began with a delegation from Parkside Academy. After gaining a fuller understanding of its operation as a non-profit early learning centre, Council granted the society a permissive tax exemption for its daycare at the former Somenos Elementary.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Inspector Carfantan presented a report on the second quarter activities of the Detachment. He described an Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT) that has been created to assist our communities in responding effectively to domestic violence. An ICAT is a partnership of local agencies, including police, child welfare, health, social service, victim support and other anti-violence agencies. The goal of an ICAT is to increase safety and reduce harm that results from domestic violence.
The Chair of KidSport Cowichan was up next, and explained to Council how it provides grants to enable children to play organized sports.
The Artisan Village Project in Chemainus was back on the table for consideration for its Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment applications. In light of current market conditions, the applicant requested changes to housing types, and an option to provide a cash contribution in lieu of providing affordable housing units. Based on the recommendations of the Community Planning Advisory Committee and staff, Council supported the proposed changes which could result, if the bylaws are approved, in an amended Comprehensive Development Plan that includes changes to the mix of housing types and a cash contribution of $1,000 per unit to the Municipalitys affordable housing reserve fund.
Council approved the finalization of a Managed Information Technology (IT) Services Agreement with the Town of Ladysmith. This agreement will support hiring an additional employee for North Cowichan, and will provide a higher level of service for the Town of Ladysmith at no extra cost to either jurisdiction.
The Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce will be granted a Licence of Occupation for its new space next to the Chemainus Museum in Waterwheel Park. The Visitor Information Centre will be opening in that new space soon.

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