Council Matters for October 4, 2017

Council met for just over three hours on October 4 for its first regular Council Meeting of the month. 

The meeting kicked off with a Public Hearing on a proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment to increase the number of zones allowing attached secondary suites. The proposed changes would affect approximately 2,300 properties in the municipality, and after hearing both supporting and opposing comments from the public, Council passed third reading. The next step is securing endorsement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (given that it affects properties within 800 meters of a controlled access intersection), and following that, the amendment will come back to Council to consider adoption. More information can be found at: www.northcowichan.ca/suites 

Next on the agenda were two delegation presentations, both of which talked about climate change initiatives. We heard from Social Planning Cowichan about their exciting plans and proposals to continue some great work in the community. We then heard from Bob Conibear regarding the latest updates on electric vehicles and how to reduce carbon from transportation. 

Council reviewed an application for non-farm use at 1246 Bazett Road. The application is to retroactively authorize fill previously placed on the property without authorization from the Municipality or the Agricultural Land Reserve. Council decided to support the part of the application that deals with the placement of the fill.

Council reviewed another application for non-farm use, this one for 8682 Trans-Canada Highway in Chemainus. The application seeks to expand the existing campsite on the property. After discussion, Council deferred a decision on this application and referred it back to staff to consider an amended proposal from the applicant. 

Staff presented a report summarizing community feedback about the design of Trumpeter Pointe Parks linear greenspace. Council directed staff to improve invasive species management through regular maintenance and planting of native species, and to install new park furniture. 

Council also reviewed the Chemainus Wayfinding Sign Plan, which was developed with input from the Chemainus Advisory Committee. The plan provides a signage strategy to direct motorists and pedestrians to local attractions. Council approved the plan and staff will move forward manufacturing and installing the signs. 

Thank you for reading Council Matters. 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. The next meeting is October 18 at 1:30 p.m.