Council Matters for May 2, 2018

Council met for about 5 hours on May 2, 2018. 

The Council Meeting began with presentation of a plaque to North Cowichans fire fighters who volunteered to deploy to fight wild fires in the Cariboo Region last summer. On behalf of Council and our community, we thank our fire fighters very much.

Council heard from three delegations:
  1. Dr. Stephen Faulkner, regarding concerns about micro wave radiation.
  2. Cari Burdett, expressing support for an amendment to remove a number properties off Gibbins Road from the urban containment boundary.
  3. Toby Seward, requesting that Council allow the rezoning application for Trans-Canada Highway/Ashcroft Road to proceed to public hearing.

Council then considered a number of bylaws. Council gave first reading to a bylaw amendment to sanction a duplex at 3181 and 3183 Gibbins Road that was illegally converted into a four-plex. Council also decided to require the owner to provide a Building Code analysis to identify necessary upgrades and a letter of commitment to undertake those upgrades, and also decided to register a notice on title that building regulations have been contravened. 

Council gave first and second reading to bylaws to amend the Official Community Plan and the Zoning Bylaw to remove a number of properties off Gibbins Road from the urban containment boundary and rezone them to the Rural (A2) zone (from Residential Rural (R1), Residential One and Two Family (R3), and Residential Townhouse (R6)). All affected landowners have been contacted over the last two months and have had the opportunity for discussions with staff prior to these bylaws being brought to Council. The next step in this process will be a public hearing. 

Council then adopted the Financial Plan for 2018-2022, which is a major milestone that confirms the budget, including revenues and expenditures, for a 5-year period. 

Council gave first and second reading to a Zoning Bylaw amendment to permit a second residential dwelling unit on 5353 Gore Langton Road.

Council directed staff to draft a bylaw to increase cemetery fees by 3% for 2018.

Council rejected an application to rezone 52.4 acres at the end of Ashcroft Road adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway, as the application is inconsistent with the policies in the Official Community Plan, primarily: that urban growth be restricted to the urban containment boundary.

Council reviewed a staff report about seasonal off-leash dog areas and asked staff to seek public input on whether to increase opportunities for off-leash dog areas.

Council received a report on the 2017 Audited Financial Statements. Now that the financial statements have been prepared and audited, they will be submitted to the Province.

Finally, Council appointed Councillor Tom Walker as Acting Mayor from May 7, 2018 until the next Council is sworn in. 

Council then resolved into a closed meeting. 

Thank you for reading and staying informed! The next Regular Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. If you cant attend in person, you can watch the meeting live on our website at: www.northcowichan.ca/CouncilLive