Council Matters for April 20, 2016

Council met for five hours on April 20 to deal with a very full agenda.

Inspector Ray Carfantan presented the 1st Quarter's activities from the RCMP North Cowichan / Duncan Detachment. It was noted that the significant increase in calls for service is putting a strain on the detachment's staffing resources.

Dr. Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer, followed with an updated report on alcohol and drug issues in our community, and what role local government can play. Dr. Hasselback recommended that Council adopt a Municipal Alcohol Policy.

A new False Alarm Bylaw was adopted by Council. This Bylaw increases fees for the third and subsequent false alarms, with the goal being to encourage proper management of alarm systems, and, subsequently, fewer call outs and expenses related to false alarms.

Council adopted the Maple Bay Peninsula Roads Parcel Tax Bylaw which will allow the affected property owners to pay their share of the cost of the near-complete Stoney Hill Road.

First Reading was given to a Zoning Amendment Bylaw which would permit a new Cowichan District Hospital on the properties chosen by the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District, which are located on Bell McKinnon Road.  Staff will be working concurrently on the Bell McKinnon Local Area Plan and the zoning amendment with a plan to process both for Council consideration by July 31, 2016.
Finally, staff brought forward the draft KingsView Comprehensive Development Plan. If adopted, this will supersede The Cliffs Comprehensive Development Plan. Council directed staff to draft bylaws for the plan, and prior to Council considering these bylaws, the applicant will be required to hold a public information session to allow the public to review and provide feedback on the draft plan.

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