Council Matters for March 15, 2017

The Council Meeting of March 15, 2017, began with a delegation from Harmen Bootsma, Wharf Manager, to review the 2016 annual report of Municipal wharf operations. He explained that visitor numbers have been negatively impacted by this winters poor weather, but in mid-season, with good weather, the demand for moorage is greater than the availability.

The Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw that Council and staff have been working on for months received the first three readings. Council must adopt its Financial Plan and Tax Rate bylaws prior to May 15 each year.

As a result of inquiries from members of the community, Council directed staff to bring forward draft bylaws to more effectively manage mobile food vending, which is inadequately addressed in current bylaws.

Council and staff recognize that the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society has a long history of cooperation with North Cowichan and its work has been a great benefit to the community. Council provided approval to enter into a Murals Management Agreement with the Society. This will enable the Society to negotiate and retain the fee collected for the commercial use of mural images to be reinvested in the mural management program.

The latter part of the public portion of the meeting was taken up with an extensive discussion of noise monitoring and land use questions associated with the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Council decided to hold a Committee of the Whole meeting for further discussion and to invite representatives from the Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association and the GAIN Group to participate.

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