Proposed Mill Bay Boat Launch Public Meeting

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

PROPOSED MILL BAY BOAT LAUNCH; AND

OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 3883 and

ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 3884

Applicable to Electoral Area A – Mill Bay/Malahat

A public meeting will be held as follows to consider the proposed Mill Bay Boat Launch and the above-noted amendment bylaws:

DATE: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre, Kwunew Kwasun Lane, Malahat, BC

As part of the Mill Bay Marina redevelopment, a commitment was made to provide an improved boat launch facility in the community. An opportunity has recently arisen to have this proposed boat launch project relocated from the bottom of Handy Road to the Malahat Nation Reserve, in association with a project the Malahat Nation are developing. The area where the boat launch and other facilities would be installed (see map below) would be rezoned for this use by Amendment Bylaw 3884, and a complementary amendment to the South Cowichan Official Community Plan would also be required. Zoning Amendment Bylaw 3884 would also rezone the site of the existing Mill Bay Boat Launch at the end of Handy Road, to the same W-6 Zone as the water surface fronting the Malahat Reserve.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the proposed development plan and related bylaws to the community for information. Representatitives of the CVRD and the Malahat Nation will be present to explain the details of the proposal, to receive comments and to answer any questions.

At the public meeting, CVRD staff and the applicant will explain the proposal. The CVRD will then facilitate a question and answer session, and persons who deem their interests to be affected by this proposal are invited to provide comments. Written submissions may be submitted before, during, or up to one week following the meeting by:

Fax: 250-746-2621

Email: ds@cvrd.bc.ca

Mail and/or deposit at the Regional District office: 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC, V9L 1N8

Please note that all correspondence submitted to the CVRD in response to this Notice will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda that is posted online when this matter is before the Board or a Committee of the Board. The CVRD considers the author’s address relevant to the Board’s consideration of this matter and will disclose this personal information. The author’s phone number and email address is not relevant and should not be included in the correspondence IF the author does not wish this personal information disclosed. Please contact the Planning & Development Department at 250-746-2620 or 1-800-665-3955, or the Recording Secretary at the time of submission. For more information on disclosure, contact the CVRD FOI Coordinator at 250-746-2507 or 1-800-665-3955.

Note: The CVRD has prepared a staff report to the Electoral Area Services Committee related to this proposal. You may request a copy by sending an email to the address noted above or telephoning the CVRD office. The report is also available for viewing online at www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?NID=1282

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mike Tippett, Manager, Community & Regional Planning Division, Planning & Development Department at 250-746-2620 or by email mtippett@cvrd.bc.caPublic Meeting Bylaws 3883,3884 MB Boat launch

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Thank You Mill Bay/Malahat!

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Sorry for the delay in getting this page updated, it has been quite a lot of learning and reading! For the foreseeable future, I will put up any information I think should be known by the citizens following this page.

Davis focused on dialogue – Cowichan Valley Citizen

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Kerry Davis has been busy canvassing Mill Bay neighbourhoods on his bicycle in his bid to take the Area A seat at the Cowichan Valley Regional District in the November municipal elections.

A former provincial candidate for the Green Party, Davis has thrown his hat into the ring not only because he is interested in politics and giving back to his community, but because he was asked by several people to run, he said.

“The community has been feeling uncommunicated-with,” he said about what he’s been hearing on the doorsteps.

“There should be a lot more community consultation,” he continued, saying if elected he plans to hold monthly community meetings along the lines of those held in Shawnigan Lake by current area director Bruce Fraser.

Other big issues for Davis include water, contaminated soil and transportation.

“They’ve just changed the bus routes for the worse, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I can ride my bike from Mill Bay to Duncan faster than I can get there on the bus.”

In a connected issue, he’d also like to see more levels of care for seniors offered in the area, where he says he’s seen people having to move out of their communities as they become unable to live independently.

Davis said he will bring “youth and exuberance” to the board table, along with an ability to work collaboratively. In that vein, he said he’s already been in touch with candidates in other areas to see where there are possibilities for neighbours to work together.

– See more at: http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/davis-focused-on-dialogue-1.1489696#sthash.8KgAFjPE.dpuf

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – “Meet Kerry Davis”

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Here is the link: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/municipalelection/candidate/280701862.html

Here is the text:

My roots are in Cowichan, I have lived in Mill Bay since 2006 and run my own small business for over a decade. I was appointed to the Area A Advisory Planning Commission in 2011. This has given me insight into local development issues in addition to what I learned as a Green Party candidate in the 2013 Provincial Election. I served as President of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council for 2013-14 and am an active member of the Mill Bay Garden Club among other local organizations. My preferred method of decision-making uses the triple bottom line approach to weigh the fiscal, social and environmental costs and benefits. The CVRD is in need of more transparency, accountability, collaboration and community consultation.

Mill Bay/Malahat’s tax requisition has increased on average 8% per year over the last decade from $928,700 in 2004 to $2,342,039 in 2014. Despite federal and provincial governments constantly downloading services onto municipal governments, CVRD staff wages and benefits have been the main reason for tax increases over the last decade. Wages are now the single largest CVRD budget item and account for nearly 2/3 of the CVRD budget. I would work to freeze exempt salaries over $100,000 a year, to signal spending must be carefully monitored. The CVRD is one of the best places to live and we shouldn’t need to offer enormous salaries to attract good people.

Creating long-term well-paid employment is a necessity. There are many needs in our community relating to care of seniors, many of whom have had to move away due to a lack of services. Mill Bay has a very interesting history which could be better utilized to attract more tourists and create jobs. I would also implement a method for collection of film plastic.

Situated downhill and downstream from Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay is dependent on clean water from the Shawnigan Basin. I will work on community awareness of water and contaminated soil issues and their potential impacts. Over 80% of South Cowichan’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions are related to transportation. There is enormous room for improvement from more direct buses, rail if affordable, multi-use trails and other innovative solutions.

I would hold monthly meetings to inform the community of what has been going on at the CVRD and to explain my votes. We would also discuss concerns and questions from the community and what they would like to see going forward. Social Media can be used very effectively to connect with citizens who can’t make it to meetings, as demonstrated by the Mayor of Tofino. Please find me on Facebook at “Vote Kerry Davis”, on Twitter: “@KerryGDavis”, at my website VoteKerryDavis.ca or call me at 250-858-2728.

One Cowichan Candidate Survey

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Here are my responses to the One Cowichan Candidate Survey questions:

Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and why you are running.

A: Born and raised in Cowichan, I have lived in Mill Bay since 2006 and have run my own small business for over a decade. I was appointed to the Area A Advisory Planning Commission in 2011 which has given me insight into local development issues in addition to what I learned as a candidate in the 2013 Provincial Election. The CVRD is in need of more transparency, accountability and community consultation and could do a lot more to enhance our community.

Q2. The community survey results placed a high priority on sustainability, in particular on protecting our watersheds, water supply and water quality, as well as on creating a more sustainable local economy. If elected, please describe what your approach would be to those issues.

A: Situated downhill and downstream from Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay is dependent on clean water from the Shawnigan Basin. I will work on community awareness of water and contaminated soil issues and their potential impacts. We need a plan to ensure sewage is being handled effectively, and particularly for checking and replacing older septic systems. Collaboration and partnerships could bring opportunities for employment.

Q3. The survey results indicated citizens want to see more consultation and accountability between elected officials and their constituents. If elected, please describe what your approach would be to those issues.

A: My preferred method of decision-making uses the triple bottom line approach to weigh the fiscal, social and environmental costs and benefits. I would hold monthly meetings to inform the constituents of what has been going on at the CVRD and to explain my votes. We would also discuss concerns and questions from the community and what they would like to see going forward. Social Media can be used very effectively to connect with citizens who can’t make it to meetings, as demonstrated by the Mayor of Tofino. Find me on Facebook at “Vote Kerry Davis” or on Twitter: “@KerryGDavis”.

Q4. What is your position on municipal tax rates and the corresponding level and allocation of services?

A: Despite Federal and Provincial Governments constantly downloading services onto Municipal Governments, CVRD staff wages and benefits have been the main reason for tax increases over the last decade and are now the single largest CVRD budget item. The CVRD is one of the best places to live and we shouldn’t need to offer enormous salaries to attract good people. I would also implement a method for collection of film plastic that is no longer collected due to the MMBC contract.

Q5. What is your vision for this area, and how would getting elected help achieve it?

A: Creating long-term well-paid employment is a necessity. There are many needs in our community relating to care of seniors, many of whom have had to move away due to a lack of services. Over 80% of South Cowichan’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions are related to transportation. There is enormous room for improvement from more direct buses, rail if affordable, multi-use trails and other innovative solutions. Mill Bay has a very interesting history which could be better utilized to attract more tourists and create jobs.

http://www.onecowichan.ca/area_a

Please Participate! What you need to know:

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Saturday, November 15, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
George Bonner Elementary School – 3060 Cobble Hill Road, Mill Bay

– Vote on the Referendum question:

“Are you in favour of the Board of the Cowichan Valley Regional District adopting “CVRD Bylaw No. 3831 – Chesterfield Sports Society Annual Financial Contribution Service (Area A) Establishment Bylaw, 2014″, that would allow the CVRD to annually requisition the greater of $12,840 per year, or an amount equal to the amount that could be raised by a property value tax of $0.01451 per $1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements, to assist the Chesterfield Sports Society with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Cowichan Sportsplex?” YES or NO? http://cvrd.bc.ca/DocumentCenter/View/64380

– Vote for up to 7 Cowichan Valley School District 79 Trustees: http://www.election2014.civicinfo.bc.ca/2014/index.asp?logintype=SD