Council Matters for April 5, 2017

Council held another lengthy meeting on April 5, 2017, starting with three Public Hearings, a Public Meeting, and two delegation presentations.

The first delegation was Blaine Mersereau of Crofton Quay Developments. He provided an update on his plans to redevelop property on the Crofton waterfront in several phases. Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants then provided information about a U.S. Trade Challenge to the provincial government's plan to limit the sale of wine in grocery stores to wine only from British Columbia.

Under the Bylaws section of the agenda, Council voted to move forward with a bylaw to prohibit the sale of liquor in grocery stores in North Cowichan. A Public Hearing will be scheduled to receive further input from members of the community before deciding whether to adopt the bylaw.

A report on traffic speed data was presented by staff. It showed that while there is some speeding on York Avenue in Crofton, it did not meet our criteria for a traffic calming study. Council did, however, support the staff recommendation that additional traffic calming measures be considered as part of the 2019 Roads Program.

Council decided to provide financial assistance for mobile home owners in Silver Park Mobile Home Park on Boys Road to replace their old oil tanks to help prevent possible contamination to the aquifer below.  Domestic water is drawn from nearby wells supplied from that aquifer.

Council received a report on the results of the polygon planning exercise which was held with community members on March 6, 2017.  Subsequently, there was discussion and support for three motions regarding the Donnay Drive rezoning and the polygon/Urban Containment Boundary (UCB) review:  1) a Public Hearing will be scheduled for the Donnay Drive rezoning application; 2) staff have been asked to bring back a report on the possible removal from the UCB of those lands that cannot achieve gravity sewer within the polygon area; and 3) staff were asked to draft new Development Permit Guidelines that would establish a character and vegetation protection zone for any development along Maple Bay Road from Indian Road to the UCB boundary.

In response to a request from the City of Duncan, the KingsView Development Plan was referred to the City for comment. Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Tribes, Maple Bay Community Association and School District No.79 were previously asked to provide input on the Plan.

Council holds its regular meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, with the exception of the summer season. Meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Can't attend in person? Visit our website at www.northcowichan.ca/CouncilLive to watch live.