Council Matters for March 21, 2018

Council met for just over four hours on March 21. 

The meeting began with a public hearing for an application to rezone 6122 Somenos Road from the Residential One and Two-Family Zone (R3) to Urban Medium Density Comprehensive Development Zone (CD10) in order to allow 9 townhouse units. This property is immediately adjacent to a neighbourhood commercial hub, and Council gave third reading and adoption to the bylaw following the public hearing.

Council received an update from Cowichan Green Community on the many programs and services that they offer in the community. The CGCs 2017 year-in-review video can be viewed on their website at https://cowichangreencommunity.org.

Council considered a request from the Chemainus Business Improvement Area to renew the BIA taxation area for a three-year term. Under this arrangement, North Cowichan would collect money for the BIA as a local service tax from certain Class 6 (Business and Other) property owners, and provide those monies to the Chemainus BIA to use in promoting Chemainus. Council voted to give notice that it intends to re-establish the BIA unless a valid petition against the service is presented within 30-days of notice being given.

Council reviewed the Municipal Foresters 2017 Annual Report. Of note, in 2017, the forestry program produced $130,000 in profit, and planted just under 50,000 seedlings.

Council directed staff to prepare a report on improvements to Boys Road, as proposed by students from Cowichan Senior Secondary through the Youth Placemaking Project. The concept responds to safety concerns along a 1 kilometre stretch of Boys Road. 

Council directed staff to consider installing speed tables on local and collector roads, including in playground areas of Herd Road in Maple Bay and Queen Street in Crofton, as contemplated in North Cowichans traffic calming study. Speed tables have been quite effective in reducing traffic speeds. They cost approximately $5,000 to install, which staff advise is reasonable compared to the cost of other measures.

Council heard from residents of Genoa Bay who requested that Municipal water service be extended to Genoa Bay. Council heard from staff that the estimated cost of an extension would be over $3.5 million, to service what is currently approximately 28 residences. Council passed a motion asking staff for a report on options to address Genoa Bay residents concerns about water.

Council then proceeded into a closed meeting, after which Council rose and reported on the following:

  1. Council supported an extension of the closing date on a land sale to Turner Lane.
  2. Council directed staff to prepare and carry-out a communications plan on Councils decision to support revised design concepts for the Sherman Road and Willow Street affordable housing projects.
  3. Council directed the CAO to revise the delegation of authority bylaw for Councils consideration, addressing the CAOs authority for personnel administration, including appointing, promoting, disciplining, and dismissing employees, and other delegated authority as deemed appropriate.
Thank you for reading and staying informed! Our next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m.