Short agenda for North Cowichan council meeting

Short agenda for North Cowichan council meeting

Climate Action and Energy Plan Reserve Fund dominates the proceedings

It’s one of North Cowichan council’s shortest meetings ever.

The Oct. 18 meeting wrapped up in just over an hour. Usually, council is just getting warmed up in that period of time.

Two public meetings received no input from the public and council agreed to issue permits for a temporary use permit at 3418 Cowichan Lake Rd. for an office and public information site, and a development variance permit at 8857 Stoney Hill Rd. to reduce the minimum required setback for a heat pump.

Council read for a first and second time a rezoning application for 3248 Sherman Road in Duncan. The proposed rezoning will allow for the development of 19 townhouse units, replacing the existing single family home on the property.

The next step in the process is a public hearing on Dec. 6. Council once again expressed it was encouraging to see development applications brought forward for higher density developments in the urban containment boundary.

Much of the discussion at the meeting revolved around the Terms of Reference for the Climate Action and Energy Plan Reserve Fund. “This reserve fund is dedicated to funding projects that implement the municipality’s award winning Climate Action and Energy Plan,” noted Mayor Jon Lefebure.

Council debated the merits of adding clearer guidelines for determining the allocation of funds, and requested the Terms of Reference be sent back to staff for further recommendations.