Chemainus River Campground applies for expansion

Chemainus River Campground applies for expansion

North Cowichan council defers decision to staff

The Chemainus River Campground has applied to the Municipality of North Cowichan to expand its existing campground on the property.

After discussion, council deferred a decision on the application for 8682 Trans-Canada Highway in Chemainus and referred it back to staff to consider an amended proposal from the applicant.

Council met for a little more than three hours on Oct. 4, with a public hearing on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment to increase the number of zones allowing attached secondary suites at the top of the agenda.

The proposed changes would affect approximately 2,300 properties in the municipality, and after hearing both supporting and opposing comments from the public, council passed third reading.

The next step is securing endorsement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, given that it affects properties within 800 metres of a controlled access intersection, and following that, the amendment will come back to council to consider adoption.

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Two delegation presentations talked about climate change initiatives. Social Planning Cowichan has exciting plans and proposals to continue some great work in the community while Bob Conibear informed council of the latest updates on electric vehicles and how to reduce carbon from transportation.

Council reviewed the Chemainus Wayfinding Sign Plan, which was developed with input from the Chemainus Advisory Committee.

The plan provides a signage strategy to direct motorists and pedestrians to local attractions. Council approved the plan and staff will move forward manufacturing and installing the signs.

Council holds its regular meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Meetings are open to the public.

For those who can’t attend, visit to watch live.

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