Updates to Development and Engineering Services Contacts

There are some new faces ready to welcome you at North Cowichan’s Municipal Hall.

In January, Mr. Rob Conway stepped into the position of Director of Planning, responsible for overseeing land-use applications and community planning. Mr. Conway brings with him decades of experience as a land-use planner in the Cowichan Valley.

On February 19, Ms. Jacqueline East will join North Cowichan as the General Manager of Development and Engineering Services. This new position was announced in October 2018 and is funded out of the existing budget. Until recently, Development Services and Engineering were two separate departments. North Cowichan’s organizational restructuring in late 2018 brought the two departments together under a single division that includes the building department and the entire new division will be led by Ms. East. As General Manager, her role will be to ensure that the Division is coordinated across functions, to promote a positive service experience for residents, and to promote community engagement and public communication for activities of the Division. Ms. East comes to North Cowichan with experience both as a consultant and as the General Manager of Development Services at the City of Brandon, Manitoba.

Mr. David Conway, a long-standing presence at North Cowichan, continues to fill the role of Director of Engineering, including oversight for subdivision applications.

“Our Planning and Engineering teams are made up of exceptionally competent staff, and I believe that the new structure supports a culture of service and collaboration,” says Chief Administrative Officer, Ted Swabey. 

North Cowichan thanks Ms. Nelda Richardson, who temporarily held the position of Director of Planning while the organization was searching for a new Director. Ms. Richardson has now moved into the role of Manager, Business Services.

North Cowichan also thanks Ms. Rachel Hastings, who temporarily held the position of Manager of Building and Bylaw. Ms. Hastings has now resumed the position of Senior Bylaw Compliance Officer.  

Questions about planning or engineering? Please contact planning@northcowichan.ca or engineering@northcowichan.ca.