Council Matters for November 21, 2018

Council met for about 3 hours on November 21, 2018. Here are some highlights from the meeting.

Council received the quarterly North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP report for the period July, August, and September. During this period, the RCMP received 6,236 calls for service, which equates to a 9.6% increase in calls compared to last year. 48% of calls responded to were in North Cowichan. Council was pleased to hear that recently, a number of our officers were recognized for their outstanding service in the Cowichan Valley. A big message from the RCMP is that reports of crime on social media are not acted upon; to make a complaint about crime, residents have to call in. You can read the full quarterly report here (see pp. 22-37). 

Council considered first and second reading for an application to rezone 3729 Indian Crescent from Residential Rural Zone (R1) to Residential Small Lot Single-Family Zone (R3-S) to accommodate a fifteen small-lot residential strata subdivision. Council discussed an interest in establishing additional criteria for environmental reviews in specific areas of the Municipality, and passed a motion requesting that staff develop options for consideration. The rezoning application on Indian Crescent was thereby referred back to staff and the applicant to discuss ways to move the application forward.

Council gave first reading to an application to rezone 9833 Willow Street from Residential One and Two Family (R3) zone to Urban Medium Density Comprehensive Development (CD10) Zone to facilitate a 7-unit multi-family building. As a next step, the applicant was directed to conduct a neighbourhood information meeting and notify the local Residents' Association to seek input on the zoning application. 

Council heard from the Executive Director of Cowichan Women Against Violence Society regarding an application for a temporary use permit for a womens winter shelter proposed to be located on Cowichan Valley School District property at 2003 University Way. Council passed a motion directing staff to arrange a public meeting regarding this application, and to provide a grant of $2,000 to CWAV for the permit application fee. The public meeting and Councils decision on the application will take place on December 5. A staff report, the draft permit, and CWAV's application can be viewed here (see pp. 86-103). 

Council made a change to the CVRD Board appointments. Councillor Toporowski was appointed to the Board, and alternates will now be: Councillor Justice, Councillor Manhas, and Councillor Sawrie. 

Council asked staff to seek public input on proposed changes to the Firearms Regulation Bylaw, specifically on removing Mount Tzouhalem and Stoney Hill Forest Reserve from the firearm discharge area and aligning with Provincial regulations on Mount Prevost and in Cowichan Bay. If youre interested in this topic, watch for opportunities to provide your input in the coming months. 

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