New communities coalition emerges in the Cowichan Valley

Chemainus Residents Association on board, with Crofton Community Centre to follow

The Chemainus Residents Association is among seven Cowichan Valley community associations that have formed the Cowichan Communities Coalition.

The groups came together in unison as a result of facing similar frustrations pertaining to local planning issues. The Crofton Community Centre is a pending new member along with the Stewards of Paradise Pools.

The other groups making up the initial seven include: the Cowichan Valley Naturalists, One Cowichan, Quamichan Lake Neighbourhood Association, Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society, Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association and the Somenos Marsh Society.

The purpose of the CCC is to act collectively as a body to draw upon the knowledge, strengths, expertise and strategies of its members to become an instrument for change in the Cowichan Valley.

The Coalition aims to help shape future municipal policies and bylaws through engagement with local government. It also wants to ensure bylaws and policies addressing economic growth, land development, culture, the environment and social planning are addressed to support and reflect meaningful citizen engagement.

Coalition members intend to work cooperatively with the Municipality of North Cowichan and other local governments to improve community consultation on planning issues.

One of its priorities is to ensure bylaws and policies around growth and development are guided first and foremost by the needs and values of local neighbourhoods.

Additional information is available from Bernie Jones of the Chemainus Residents Association (250-324-3307) or Marilyn Palmer (250-416-9334).

Meanwhile, the Residents Association held its annual general meeting May 8 plus a panel on housing affordability.

There is a definite housing crunch in Chemainus with almost no supply that is affecting the prices while demand remains high.

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