Council Matters for September 20, 2017

On September 20, Council met from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. to discuss a number of current issues. 

The meeting began with a presentation from the Fresh Air Cowichan Team, with their input regarding the proposed changes to the Fire Protection Bylaw, that seeks to improve air quality in the municipality. 

The next item on the agenda was a lengthy public hearing concerning the rezoning of the old Chemainus Elementary School site. Council heard from five members of the public who had concerns about one aspect of the property the proposed multi-family lot. Council expressed the importance of additional housing developments, especially those that include mixed-types of housing, and adopted the rezoning of the site. 

The second public hearing was for the rezoning of 2974 Green Road, a large residential project that proposes a variety in types of buildings and units. Council passed third reading and expressed thanks to the proponent for bringing the project forward, which Council agreed has the potential to be an incredible amenity for the community. 

There was one bylaw on the agenda for adoption at this Council meeting, Bylaw 3654 Fire Protection Amendment Bylaw, 2017. These proposed changes were first brought to Council earlier this year and we have heard and received considerable input from the residents of North Cowichan. Many think there should be few limits on when open burning can occur, and there are others who believe it should be eliminated completely. After much debate and consideration over the past few months, Council adopted the proposed changes and believes that this is a step in the right direction to improving air quality in North Cowichan. 

Council supported a report from staff that will see high priority repairs completed to the Maple Bay public wharf by year end. Additionally, a budget will be included in the 2018-2022 Financial Plan for the wharfs medium priority repairs. 

To end the meeting, Council approved the issuance of a request for proposal, along with the City of Duncan, that will seek an external consultant to present unbiased information to the public prior to the amalgamation referendum taking place in spring 2018. 

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, October 4, 2017.