Council Matters - July 19, 2017

Council faced a long agenda on July 19, and the meeting did not conclude until 9:50 p.m. 

The meeting began with awards to some very creative youth who were winners of this years Friends of the Environment Contest. The contest was open to all elementary school students in North Cowichan, with this years theme being composting.

In the bylaws section, several notable bylaws were adopted. Bylaw 3597 aligns our municipal bylaws with provincial law which allows for the production of medical marijuana on agricultural land. The Kingsview Comprehensive Development Plan Bylaw and corresponding Zoning Amendment Bylaw (No. 9 Kingsview Development) were also adopted.

Changes to the Fire Protection Amendment Bylaw received two readings. It is expected that third reading of the bylaw will take place in September. We welcome community input on these proposed changes, and you can email your comments to environment@northcowichan.ca.  Additional details on the proposed amendments can be found here on our website.

Once again, we will be writing to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to urge the provincial government to make immediate improvements to Crofton Road, noting the concerns we have regarding slow emergency response times and potential damage to emergency vehicles.

Council agreed to authorize a new agreement with Island Health for North Cowichan to run the Take Heart and Breathe Well Program, which is a 12-week supervised cardiac exercise program designed to benefit people who have had a heart event or who have heart health risk factors.  (The doctor-referred program is currently offered at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.)

Staff was directed to draft a bylaw to amend the Zoning Bylaw to permit secondary suites in a greater number of residential zones. It is hoped that these changes will increase availability of affordable housing within our community, while also providing a mechanism to address any potential health and safety concerns related to the suites.

Council passed a number of recommendations presented by the Quamichan Lake Water Quality Task Force.  As a result, monitoring will be done on water quality and a program to reduce nutrient loading will also be brought forward.

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, August 16, 2017.