Council Matters for September 21, 2016

North Cowichan Council commenced its regular meeting on September 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Amy Melmock, the new Economic Development Manager for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), appeared as a delegation. She gave an overview of the steps the CVRD is planning on taking to advance economic development in partnership with North Cowichan and other stakeholders. She also encouraged Council to share its economic development priorities and interests.

Council gave first reading to a zoning bylaw amendment that would see the eight-acre property at the northeast corner of the Trans-Canada Highway and Herd Road intersection rezoned for Commercial Service uses. Council will review the proposed permitted uses to determine whether any uses should be prohibited prior to second reading. A public hearing will be scheduled after the bylaw receives second reading.

The Chemainus Festival of Murals Society received approval, in principle, to proceed with a labyrinth in Waterwheel Park. This project will become another attraction for visitors and residents alike.

The Director of Finance brought forward changes to the Grant-in-Aid policy. The key change was the introduction of formal evaluation criteria. Council supported the changes.

Council received a verbal report on ongoing efforts to reach an agreement with the GAIN Group and the Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association on a joint noise study of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.

Finally, after receiving details from CVRD staff on financial implications, Council approved a higher requisition limit for the CVRD Transit Function, in anticipation of a new maintenance facility and other improvements to the system.

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