Council Matters for September 5, 2018

Council met for about 5 hours on September 5, 2018.

After much debate and discussion, Council adopted the Council Renumeration Bylaw. This will adjust the salaries for Mayor and Council to align with the average of comparative municipalities, and to compensate for the loss of one-third non-taxable allowance for elected officials and the CPI (BC) adjustment (1.6%). The Mayors salary will be adjusted to $77,854/year (from $62,450 ) and Councillors salaries will be adjusted to $28,025/year (from $22,800).

Council reviewed an application to rezone 6293 Westlock Road from Residential Rural (R1) to Residential Small Lot Single-Family (R3-S) to facilitate a two lot subdivision. This property is near the edge of the urban containment boundary and Council had a lengthy discussion about considering this application outside of an OCP review. Eventually, Council gave the application first and second reading to allow it to proceed to public hearing. 

After much public input and review, Council adopted the Bell McKinnon Local Area Plan. Council is very happy to have this plan in place to assist in development of this area in anticipation of the new Cowichan District Hospital. The Plan can be viewed at: www.northcowichan.ca/bellmckinnon 

Council adopted the Delegation of Authority Amendment Bylaw to authorize the Director of Engineering and Operations to enter into works and services agreements and the CAO to settle claims and lawsuits up to $25,000. 

Council received a presentation from staff on options for community bike share programs, and directed staff to continue discussions with potential service provides and key partners and provide an update in Spring 2019.

Council decided to defer construction of the Canada Avenue Southbound Bike Lane and Canada Avenue Friendship Trail from the 2018 Roads, Cycling and Sidewalk Program, and instead to ask staff to partner with the City of Duncan to develop a complete street design on Canada Avenue from Evans Street to its terminus at the Sherman Road roundabout. Council asked staff to include $500,000 in the 2019 budget for design of this project.

Councillor Marsh stated that she would like to revise her previous notice of motion asking for a staff report on the potential for a neighbourhood plan for the long term development of the Moose Road subdivision. Council defeated her motion and Councillor Marsh may bring back another motion for Councils consideration. 

Council then resolved into a closed meeting. 

Thank you for reading and staying informed! Our next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m.