Bell McKinnon Neighbourhood Planning Process Kicks Off

On February 17, 2016, North Cowichan Council endorsed staff to start working on a high-level neighbourhood plan for the Bell McKinnon area.  
The 2011 Official Community Plan places the Bell McKinnon area within the Urban Containment Boundary (UCB), designating it as an area for future urban growth.
This high-level neighbourhood planning process will identify appropriate land uses, evaluate transportation networks and standards (including roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, and transit routes), and consider the requirements for extending additional Municipal infrastructure into the area.
Concurrent with the neighbourhood planning process, the Municipality is considering an application from the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District (CVRHD) to rezone three properties in the Bell McKinnon area (6751, 6771 and 6793 Bell McKinnon Road) to facilitate the future construction of a new Cowichan District Hospital.
It is anticipated that both the neighbourhood plan and review of the CVRHD rezoning application will be completed by July 31, 2016.
Although this process is set to unfold in a relatively short timeframe, the Municipality is committed to gathering feedback from Bell McKinnon residents on development of the neighbourhood plan. The community can be involved in the following ways:By attending a drop-in open house at Municipal hall from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016. This drop-in session will provide information on the Municipalitys work to date and will seek your input on elements of the draft plan.By reviewing information on the neighbourhood plan, including background and regularly-updated schedule, at: signing up for updates on the neighbourhood planning process at:; notifications about additional public engagement opportunities will be sent to the Bell McKinnon Neighbourhood Plan distribution list.By sending comments or questions to:
For more information, please contact:                       
Jon Lefebure, Mayor                                                 
Municipality of North Cowichan                             
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Scott Mack, Director of Development Services
Municipality of North Cowichan                             
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