Council Matters for November 2, 2016

The four-hour Council Meeting on November 2, 2016, began with a Public Hearing to receive public input on a proposed rezoning of a property on Ryall Road that would permit two triplexes. Following the hearing, Council approved third reading of the Bylaw to rezone the property.

Julie Scurr and Sonja Nagel, of the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, appeared as a delegation to provide Council with an update on the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre and the Chamber. The Visitor Centre is having another year with a record number of visitors, and the Chamber continues to be very active in the community, with membership nearing 500.

As directed by Council, the Revitalization Program Bylaw has been rewritten to incorporate incentives to waive Development Costs Charges for supportive and affordable rental housing.  Council provided first, second and third reading at the meeting, and it is expected to considered for adoption on November 16, 2016.

Council adopted recommendations from the Environmental Advisory Committee that the developer of the Kingsview comprehensive development be asked to monitor and control nutrient discharge from the site, educate residents about nutrient loading, and include wiring rough-ins for electric car charging at each dwelling unit.

Council also supported a recommendation from staff to endorse the extension of the South End water supply along Osborne Bay Road to Chilco Road in Crofton to provide a backup domestic water supply, and allocate $357,000 from the 2017/2018 Crofton Water Utility budget toward this $2.1 million project. A grant from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will be applied for to cover the balance of the cost. Council agreed that this is an important project.

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