Council Matters for August 15, 2018

Council met for over 10 hours on August 15. 

Council began with three delegations:

  • John Iveson, sharing some feedback about utility and servicing costs for secondary suites

  • Brian Robertson, providing information about Cowichan Energy Alternatives and work to pursue a low carbon fueling station

  • Sara Dent, with information on the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Land Matching Program

Following the delegations, Council held a number of public hearings and meetings:

  • Council gave third reading and adoption to a bylaw amendment to permit a coach house on 2456 Heather Street.

  • Council gave third reading and adoption to a bylaw amendment to regularize the current use of 3088 Gibbins Road (to allow the building to continue to be used for private institutional purposes (currently this property is home to the Duncan Mental Health and Additions Services).

  • Council gave third reading and adoption to removal of approximately 170m2 of highway dedication and transfer to Suncraft Construction Ltd, in exchange for 0.86 ha of ecologically sensitive land.

  • After hearing from numerous speakers, Council gave third reading and adoption to a temporary use permit for 2-6380 Lakes Road to allow up to 14 weddings to occur on the property over an 18 month term, beginning on May 1, 2019.

  • Council issued a development variance permit for 6512 Bell McKinnon Road to reduce the minimum permitted front-yard setback from 8 m to 2.25 m, along with a temporary use permit for a 3 year term.

  • Council issued a development variance permit for 3114 Chapman Road, to reduce the side-yard setback from 2 m to 1.5 m for proposed lots 11 to 18; to reduce the rear-yard setback from 7.5 m to 5.5 m for proposed lots 14, 15, 16, and 18; and to reduce the rear-yard setback from 7.5 m to 4.5 m for proposed lot 17.

In anticipation of non-medicinal cannabis legalization on October 17, 2018, Council adopted revisions to the Zoning Bylaw to prohibit the sale, distribution, or trade of cannabis in the Municipality. By doing this, Council has required that businesses or individuals interested in operating a cannabis retail location first apply to rezone a particular property, thereby ensuring there is a process that allows for public input and gives Council control over the location and number of retail cannabis stores. The Municipality began accepting rezoning applications for cannabis retail on August 16, 2018.

Council gave three readings to amendments to the Council Remuneration Bylaw, to adjust the salaries for Mayor and Council to align with the average of comparative municipalities, and to compensate for the loss of one-third non-taxable allowance for elected officials and the CPI (BC) adjustment (1.6%). Council will likely consider adoption of these amendments at its next meeting on September 5. If adopted, the Mayors salary would be adjusted to $77,854 (from $62,450 ) and Councillors salaries would be adjusted to $28,025 (from $22,800).

Council adopted the Elected Officials Oath of Office Bylaw, which will be used going forward. Among other things, the Oath of Office states that elected officials will abide by the Standards of Conduct Policy for Council and Committee members, which was recently adopted by Council.

Council gave second reading to a zoning amendment bylaw to rezone 3 parcels on Osborne Bay Road totaling 36 acres from Residential Rural Zone (R1) to a new Comprehensive Development Zone (CD20) to facilitate between 220-230 bare land/strata housing units in Crofton. Council supported the staff-negotiated amenity contribution for the development that includes a $500/unit /lot contribution to the Municipalitys affordable housing reserve fund, bike lanes and a sidewalk between the development site and Adelaide Street, and 2 public parks within the site. The next step for this application will be a public hearing. 

Council reviewed again the grant application from Cowichan Energy Alternatives and decided to issue a $20,000 grant to the organization to support their work to produce and sell biodiesel fuel. 

Council heard that reconsideration of the Bike BC trail between the BC Forest Discovery Centre and Beverly Street is not practical at this time due to timing and budget constraints. It is confirmed that this project will not proceed at this time. 

Council then resolved into a closed meeting. 

Thank you for reading and staying informed! Our next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 1:30 p.m.