Council Matters for April 18, 2018

Council met for about 4 hours on April 18,2018. 

The Council Meeting began with a moment of silence to honour the Humboldt Broncos andall those affected by the tragic accident on April 6.

During the Mayors Report, Council agreed to write a letter of support for Cowichan Tribes,which is trying to reinstate a community policing office. In the past, this washeavily utilized by the community and instrumental in their policing efforts.

Council heard from one delegation, Tom Miller, who provided information aboutsustainable drinkingwater in Genoa Bay and the areas desire for the Municipalityto extend water service to this neighbourhood.

Two Public Hearings tookplace during the meeting, the first for the Kingsview Phased Development Agreement AuthorizationBylaw (PDA). Last July, Council adopted new comprehensive development zoningfor this project and the PDA is a subsequent agreement that provides certaintyfor the municipality and developer on the phasing and timing of thedevelopment, including, but not limited to: the owners provision of developmentfeatures, amenities, onsite and offsite servicing and infrastructurerequirements, and parks and open space. The second Public Hearing was a ZoningAmendment Bylaw for 4011Cambrai Road to permit a second residential dwelling on theproperty. Council heard from both proponents and members of the public, andvoted to adopt both bylaws.

Council read three times an amendment to the Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw. TheFinancial Plan was adopted in February; this amendment is needed to reflectupdated assessment data and tax distribution rates. The tax increase on an average home(assessed at $390,000) is proposed to be $37.25 (2.4%). Weanticipate that that Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw will be back before Councilfor adoption on May 2.

Council considered 2Non-Farm Use Applications, one for 1877 Herd Road andthe other for 7701Somenos Road. Council agreed to authorize the submission ofboth these applications to the Agricultural Land Commission for theirconsideration.

Council acknowledged receipt of correspondence from the Minister of MunicipalAffairs and Housing regarding the AmalgamationReferendum. The letter included a Ministerial Order that aReferendum take place on June 23, 2018, in which citizens of the City of Duncanand the Municipality of North Cowichan will vote on whether the twomunicipalities should amalgamate. An impartial information campaign will beginin early May that will provide residents with the information they need to makean informed decision.
Weencourage you to visit www.youdecide.cato sign up for updates, and more information will be available starting May 7.

Council then resolved into a closed meeting.

Thank you for reading and staying informed! The next Regular Council Meeting isscheduled for Wednesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. If you cant attend in person, youcan watch the meeting live on our website at:
www.northcowichan.ca/CouncilLive.