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 sustainable. At the same time, the cost of housing has gone through the roof (no pun intended)
Last term saw much disagreement about what the Official Community Plan 2011 said about development as well as some concern expressed about the location of the urban containment boundary. The OCP sets out a vision and values to guide future decision-making. Council will be voting on whether to adopt a new draft OCP, hopefully on August 17th.
Part of keeping our municipality sustainable is looking after our assets, and carefully considering where we add growth, which can only save dollars in the longterm.
I believe North Cowichan could be offering so much: public transportation, low-impact recreation, local food security, affordable housing, smart 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.
Work to balance the needs of today with the rights of future generations to a healthy, resource-rich environment.
In every decision to assess whether or not a particular course of action is the sustainable one.
To support the long range plans that have been laid down in any adopted OCP and the CAEP and other adopted plans.