Council Matters - June 21, 2017

On June 21, Council met from 1:30 to 7:00 pm to discuss a number of current issues. 

The meeting began with the presentation of awards for the 17th Annual Forest Legacy Value-added Woodworking Projects. This program challenges local secondary school students to create a specific project using wood. This years project was a bird house, and the first, second and third-prize winners received a Canadian Tire gift certificate for their exceptional work.

There were six Public Hearings and meetings on various land use issues.  Most notably, Council gave three readings to a bylaw to regulate medical marijuana production facilities in the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Council also gave third reading to a bylaw to rezone property on Lewis Street.  Once this bylaw is adopted, the applicant proposes to construct a 35-unit apartment building.

The new Parks and Public Places Regulation Bylaw was adopted.  This bylaw provides regulations to help protect parks and public lands, and prohibits camping in environmentally-sensitive areas, and other setback areas from playgrounds, sports fields, trails and private property. 

Mobile food vending is now permitted in North Cowichan and will be regulated under the Zoning and Business Licence bylaws.

Staff has altered the design of the Friendship Trail and the lanes on Canada Avenue between Philip Street and Sherman Road to keep costs within budget.

After much discussion, it was decided that the Municipality would request one more RCMP officer starting in 2018 and will advise the Province that there is an ongoing shortage of officers in the Provincial contingent of the detachment.

Finally, in acknowledgement of "National Aboriginal Day," Council supported a recommendation from staff to ask the Provincial Government to amend the Community Charter to accord First Nations governments the same status as the Provincial and Federal governments when it comes to handling information received and held in confidence from First Nations governments.

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