Council Matters for October 19, 2016

The Council meeting of October 19, 2016, lasted for about 5 hours. As recommended by the Committee of the Whole on October 11, Council directed staff to provide a report on proposed amendments to the Official Community Plan, including changes to the Urban Control Boundary and certain policies.

A Special Council meeting has been set for October 28 at 11:30 a.m., to debate and vote on the proposed Donnay Drive rezoning bylaw.

Then followed three delegations. RCMP Inspector Carfantan delivered his third quarter report and explained that with staffing challenges and increased calls for service, he will be scheduling manpower at higher levels at the busiest time of day.

Cindy Lise, Regional Facilitator for Our Cowichan Health Network, appealed for North Cowichan's support in addressing health concerns around cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes and marijuana. She suggested that uniform bylaws across the region would help to reduce the consumption of these products.

A draft Cowichan Valley Watershed Atlas was presented by Environmental Analyst, Keith Lawrence of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). The Atlas will provide basic information on 13 CVRD watersheds on the east coast of Vancouver Island and will lead to Watershed Plans for these sensitive and vital watersheds.

The Cowichan Green Community received an endorsement from Council for their Cowichan Farm Incubator site plan and permission to install a portable building below the minimum flood construction level.

Council accepted the tender from Ridgeline Mechanical for just over $730,000 plus GST, to replace the worn-out wastewater screening system and to upgrade effluent disinfection at the Joint Utility Board Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Finally, Council agreed to provide a letter of support for the implementation of a Municipal Regional District Tax that will be levied on hotel room bookings that will be directed to new tourism marketing.

And as a reminder, while it wasnt on the agenda, we have the upcoming Town Hall meetings being held from October 24 to 27 from 6 8 p.m. at Ecole Mt. Prevost, Maple Bay Fire Hall, Crofton Community Centre, and the Chemainus Seniors Centre. We hope that you will be able to join us and to participate in discussions intended to gather your input on municipal priorities as we work to set the 2017 municipal budget. Visit www.northcowichan.ca/budget2017. And be sure to sign up for Budget and Financial updates at www.northcowichan.ca/subscribe.

Thanks for your interest in reading Council Matters. Let us know if you have any feedback on these or any other matters by emailing council@northcowichan.ca.