How do we want our community to look in a few decades? What do we hope for? Who do we want to be?
The local government tables I sit at, charged with decision making on issues of import to the valley, are looking at ways to engage the public earlier and better.
Looking at what local government can do to support community. From grants-in-aid to infrastructure and a lot of stuff in between, your tax dollars support your community.
Lately, I think a lot about the kind of community I want to be part of. Maybe you do too. Amy Melmock, Economic Development manager for our region tells us the region is thriving. And with the help of an amazing group of volunteers, headed by Jennifer Woike, our region will host the BC Summer Games in 2018.
The CVRD, together with its member municipalities (which includes North Cowichan) is hoping to launch a speakers series in the fall of 2017. This is a lead into the coordinated land use planning initiative called Cowichan 2050. The goal is to bring in renowned international and local speakers on key issues affecting our communities. We hope to inform, inspire and empower citizens in preparation for this important regional initiative.
The Hospital Board of the CVRD is working alongside the Cowichan District Hospital and the Cowichan Division of Family Practice to lobby the province for a new hospital. The land is purchased and zoned and Island Health is working on a concept plan.
Vancouver Island Regional Library is in the process of designing a new library to serve Chemainus/Crofton area.
North Cowichan has entered into an MOU with Community Land Trust to explore building 84 units of of affordable housing on municipal lots in Chemainus and on Sherman Road.
As per best practice, North Cowichan Council had a look at its Official Community Plan, adopted in 2011 (this should be done every 5 years) and reaffirms its commitment to that document. Concurrent with updating the outdated Zoning By-laws, several changes in language and Urban Containment Boundaries have been suggested by staff and Council. The public will have plenty of opportunity to give their feedback over the next year.
We are also working to build relationships with local First Nations Chiefs and Councils, on who's unceded territory we all live.
And all local government tables in the valley are now using Placespeak, an online location-based civic engagement platform.
We are working hard to provide respectful, open and transparent local governance and to help resolve issues our citizens are concerned about. Please engage and tell us who/what do you want Cowichan to be?
We are always and without a doubt -- better together.
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