Council Matters for May 16, 2018

Council met for about 4 hours on May 16, 2018. 

The meeting began with an opportunity for public input on a proposed Notice on Title for 1120 Maple Bay Road. Council directed staff to proceed with the Notice on Title, advising individuals with an interest in the property of the Building Code contraventions on the site to protect taxpayers against potential claims.

Council then received a presentation from representatives of the newly formed Cowichan Communities Coalition. This coalition represents seven existing community associations that have formed with the purpose of acting as a collective body to become an instrument of change in the Cowichan Valley.

Council gave first and second reading to a zoning amendment bylaw to rezone 2951 Beverly Street (the current Fun Pacific property) from Commercial Recreation (C4) zone to a new Comprehensive Development Zone to facilitate the development of a mixed-use site, including community care and assisted living, a hotel and conference centre, and a number of commercial and mixed-use buildings. Council endorsed a restrictive covenant for the property that would require stormwater to be either managed onsite or require the developer to provide the estimated cost of stormwater management to the Municipality ($86,000). Council added language to the covenant requiring the developer to work with staff to incorporate public art into the site in some manner.

Council then reviewed the Environment Committees recommendations for 2018 community grants under the Climate Action and Energy Reserve Fund. Council decided to grant $15,000 to the Cowichan Green Community to establish an agricultural equipment lending library.

Three development permit applications were before Council for consideration:

  1. 9910 Esplanade Street: Council authorized a development permit to the Steeples Housing Society with variances to reduce the minimum front and side yard setbacks.
  2. 1490 Chilco Road: Council authorized a development permit with a variance to increase the maximum building height from 5 meters to 7.6 meters.
  3. 720 Arbutus Avenue: Council authorized a development permit for re-construction of a residence, with variances to reduce the minimum setback from the sea, minimum rear yard setback, and increase the maximum height from 9 meters to 9.5 meters.

A Temporary Mobile Home Permit for 3106 River Road was issued with a variance to allow a double-wide mobile home, subject to building permit completion and submission of a letter agreeing to remove the mobile home upon completion of its assigned purpose.

At the end of the meeting, Council resolved into a Committee of the Whole meeting and received a presentation from the Quamichan Lake Neighbourhood Association regarding visual landscape planning in the South Quamichan Area.

Council then resolved into a closed meeting. 

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