Council Matters for October 5, 2016

The Council Meeting on October 5 started at 1:30 and wrapped up at 7 p.m. The first delegation was Kathryn Swan urging Council to consider adopting a tree and sacred site protection bylaw. Council referred the recommendation to staff who are currently preparing a report on a tree preservation bylaw. Roger Hart then followed with a presentation about the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op, which facilitates services for the elderly. Finally, the third delegation was Catherine Brandon, Executive Director of the Cowichan Sportsplex, who presented a plan to replace the track and artificial turf surfaces, and to make significant upgrades in anticipation of the 2018 BC Summer Games. The plan is dependent on a Canada 150 grant of $500,000 and local government support of $275,000.

The only bylaw under consideration was a zoning amendment to facilitate a proposed 29-lot subdivision on Donnay Drive just north of Kingsview Road. Council provided second reading and will go to Public Hearing on October 13, 2016.

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) is providing input on a draft integrated bike network map and provided its initial recommendations which were endorsed by Council. The EAC also made recommendations regarding the Kingsview Comprehensive Development Plan, suggesting that care be taken to protect environmentally sensitive areas, that re-vegetation incorporate Coastal Douglas Fir and Garry Oak plant species, and that the developer consider a $250 per unit contribution to water quality improvements in Quamichan Lake. Council supported the recommendations.

There were four accepted recommendations from the Agricultural Advisory Committee: to review the potential use of Municipal water for farm purposes, to review drainage control issues impacting farming, to develop a funding strategy for the Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan, and to conduct town hall-styled meetings to explore agricultural economic development opportunities.

Finally, Council reconsidered its position on the redevelopment plan for the old Elementary School site in Chemainus, choosing to preserve Lang Street as a dead-end street (a move from Option 1 to Option 3).

And while it wasn't an agenda item, there was mention of the upcoming town hall meetings on the 2017 budget. Meetings are being held throughout the Municipality in: Crofton, Chemainus, Maple Bay and in the South End. More information on the timing and locations of these meetings can be found by visitingwww.northcowichan.ca/budget2017. We're heading out to the community earlier in the budget development process this year and are looking forward to receiving input from our citizens. On behalf of Council, we look forward to seeing you.

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