Council Matters for October 3, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: There is a Municipal Election on October 20. Voting information is available here: 2018 Municipal Election

Council met for about 7 hours on October 3, 2018.

We began the meeting by acknowledging the contributions of Councillors Maguire and Walker, who are not running for office in the upcoming election. We thank them both for their years of service. 

I provided Council with an update about a recent notice in the local newspaper about an application by Coast Environmental Ltd. to increase the licenced amount of material processed through its Duncan facility. CVRD staff have confirmed that this will not change the licenced amount of material that could be processed at the Chemainus facility.

First on the formal agenda, Council held a Public Hearing about the proposed rezoning of 1378 Adelaide Street from Residential Rural (R1) to Residential Small Lot Single-Family (R3-S) to facilitate a 16-lot fee-simple residential subdivision. After hearing from the public and debating the application vigorously, Council decided not to support the application. 

Council received a presentation from Michelle Kirby, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Engagement with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, regarding new childcare grant opportunities with the Province. Council was excited to learn about these opportunities.

Council adopted 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. 

Council received an update on the 2019 budget development process and opportunities for public input that will kick-off following the Municipal election later this month. Staff will be promoting budget engagement opportunities around the community shortly. 

Council also heard about a new online tool that will be available shortly to provide residents with access to information about Council-reviewed development applications. The tool, called Building North Cowichan, will be promoted broadly early in 2019.

Council endorsed the CVRDs Cowichan 2050 Regional Collaboration Framework, which responds to the need for a regional planning strategy to support more sustainable and coordinated growth and development in the region.

Council received an update on work completed to date in 2018 by the Municipalitys 1.8 communications and engagement staff. These staff are responsible for crisis & emergency communication, media relations, social media, the annual report, working with departments to share information about and gather input on upcoming projects, and many, many other things.

Council then directed staff to:

  • Provide a report on how to access the Agricultural Reserve Fund to implement North Cowichans Strategic Agricultural Plan,
  • Explore relocating the Spirit of the Earth statue to Heritage Square in Chemainus and provide a cost estimate to relocate the statue, 
  • Provide an update on the Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan and its implementation, and
  • Apply for the UBCM Community Child Care Planning and Community Child Care Space Creation Programs and the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to do a childcare needs assessment and come back to Council with a recommendation of ways to potentially attract some of this new funding to create child care spaces. 

Council endorsed the proposed strategy for updating the Climate Action and Energy Plan.

Council then resolved into a closed meeting. 

Thank you for reading and staying informed! This is the last Council meeting before the election and we hope you all get out and vote!

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7.