Posted on: June 29, 2016

Island Savings Centre to Host Community Conversation About the Maple Tree

Island Savings Centre to Host Community Conversation About the Maple Tree

Duncan, BC – In recent days, many residents in the Cowichan Valley have expressed their opinions regarding the future of the maple tree at Island Savings Centre. At a special meeting today, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board passed the following resolution:

1. That the parking lot improvements project at the Island Savings Centre proceed in a phased approach to avoid the James Street entrance.
2. That a community gathering be held to discuss the issues associated with parking lot improvements at the Islands Savings Centre and the condition of the maple tree.
3. That no action be taken with respect to the maple tree until a community gathering is held.

“The Board feels it is important to talk to the community about the maple tree and what it means to our residents,” says Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “We want to have a community conversation. Although work on the parking lot redesign will start in other areas, we are officially committing that work will not be done in the area of the tree until the community conversation is held.”

A community conversation will be held at the Island Savings Centre on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. This will provide a forum for roundtable discussions with residents to hear their concerns, staff to provide an overview of the lifecycle of the maple tree as well as an update on the parking lot improvement project.

“As elected officials representing the community, the Board of Directors aspire to be responsive and proactive in engaging our community on important matters,” says Lefebure. “We recognize the concerns some residents have regarding the tree. The planned community conversation will provide an opportunity for both elected officials and residents to sit together to discuss the concerns and facts related to the Island Savings Centre parking lot redesign.”

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