Council Matters for November 1, 2017

On November 1, Council met from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. to discuss a number of current issues. 

The meeting kicked off celebrating and recognizing Wayne Coombs, a long-time volunteer with the municipality, for his 25 years of service on the Forestry Advisory Committee. 

Next on the agenda we heard from Inspector Chris Bear and his RCMP Quarterly Report for July to September. It was another very busy quarter for the North Cowichan-Duncan detachment. We heard that calls for service are up over the same period last year, and the amount of time that general duty policing members have for proactive patrols is still very low, another consistent trend. On November 16, the public is invited to join RCMP members at the Fish Bowl Café on Cairnsmore Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to have coffee and chat with members of the North Cowichan-Duncan detachment. 

Council heard a presentation from the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society updating us on the Societys ongoing projects, including those that have been funded by North Cowichans Grant-In-Aid program. The Somenos Marsh is a very important conservation area in the municipality and we will continue to work closely with the Society for the benefit of the local environment and community. 

Much of the discussion that took place during the meeting was in regards to an application from Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit (VIMC). The application includes amendments to zoning and the Official Community Plan. Council decided to refer the application to the City of Duncan, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Tribes, School District 79, and Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association for review. They also decided to refer the application to the Community Planning Advisory Committee and the Environmental Advisory Committee, with clarification that neither Committee receive public input or presentations. Background information on VIMCs application 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: council@northcowichan.ca. Our next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017.