A resilient future requires -
balancing our children's rights with our current needs
Vancouver Island E & N Railway
Like the other communities in the Cowichan Valley, North Cowichan has become increasingly concerned with becoming more environmentally, socially and economically resilient. At the same time, the cost of housing has gone through the roof (no pun intended)
The new Official Community Plan 2022 (OCP) sets out a vision and values to guide future decision-making.
Part of keeping our municipality resilient is looking after our assets, and carefully considering where we add growth, which can only save dollars in the longterm. Developers pay for some initial infrastructure to support their goals. All North Cowichan taxpayers pay for the upkeep and replacement of that infrastructure. We already have many out of past their best before date infrastructure, like pipes and roads. Quite a few years ago A one mile pipe replacement on Henry Road cist a million dollars.
I believe North Cowichan could be offering so much: better public and active transportation, low-impact recreation, local food security, affordable housing, focised development in our vibrant growth areas, clean water, clean air, regenerative, highest use forestry practices, green businesses and well-paying jobs. If we have to grow, lets encourage North Cowichan to attract people who love it here and want to protect what makes it special.
Let's work together to leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren.
To continue to balance the needs of today with the rights and needs of the future generations to a healthy, resource-rich environment.
In every decision to assess whether or not a particular course of action is the regenerative, resilient, taking the long view one. I am not afraid to vote for a better future.
To support the long range plans that have been laid down in the OCP and the Climate Plan and other adopted plans.