Council Matters for December 6 and December 20, 2017

On December 6 and December 20, Council met to deal with a variety of interesting issues. 

The December 6 meeting began with the appointment of new fire chiefs in Crofton and the South End. Matt Ludvigson was elected and appointed Fire Chief for the Crofton Fire Hall and Rob MacDowell was elected and appointed Fire Chief of the South End Fire Hall. Council thanks both outgoing fire chiefs and welcomes Matt and Rob to their new roles. 

Next on the agenda was a public hearing for the rezoning of 3248 Sherman Road. Council adopted the rezoning of this property, where 19 one and two storey townhouse units are proposed. This development aligns with the Official Community Plan and promotes growth within the municipalitys urban containment boundary.

Three additional zoning amendment bylaws were on the December 6 agenda. Council approved all three rezonings, which allows for developments on Paddle Road and Green Road. It also allows attached secondary suites on approximately 2,300 additional properties in the municipality. You can read more about these developments in our news release from December 7

The December 20 meeting began with Council approving a number of recommendations from previously held Committee of the Whole meetings related to the budget for 2018. Council also voted in favour of adding a $3,000 grant, as part of the 2018 Grant-In-Aid program, that will go towards funding a proposed Extreme Weather Shelter for women. 

As part of next years budget, Council has agreed to include the installation of three pedestrian signals in 2018. The pedestrian signal installation program began in 2013 and is included in the capital works budget. The crossing signals to be installed in 2018 will be located at; York Avenue at Coronation Street in Crofton, Canada Avenue at Philip Street, and Sherman Road near the curling rink. Prioritizing the locations includes a number of factors; pedestrian volumes, vehicle volumes, network priority, and proximity to schools. Additional locations are scheduled to be completed between 2019 and 2022.

Council gave first and second readings to a number of zoning amendment bylaws, and public hearings for 3788 Winget Place, 6722 Lakes Road, and Sayward Road (a vacant lot) will take place at the Council meeting on January 17, 2018.

We had some discussion about reviewing the current Fireworks Bylaw, and Council agreed to have staff draft a bylaw amendment that could restrict fireworks permits to certain days of the year. Currently, anyone wishing to discharge fireworks in North Cowichan must apply for a fireworks permit. Information about the fireworks permit and application form can be found on our website.

Thank you for reading Council Matters. You are welcome to provide feedback on these or other Council matters by emailing: Our next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.