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1. Transit Passes for New RefugeesThe Board approved up to an additional 20 complimentary adult and 30 complimentary student monthly transit passes be provided to new refugees in the Cowichan Valley during the period of January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
2. Electoral Area Grants-in-AidThe Board of Directors approved the following grants-in-aid:• Electoral Area D - $1,500 Cowichan Bay Improvement District to repair the “Welcome to Cowichan Bay” sign• Electoral Area B - $1,500 Shawningan Residents Association to fund production of a video to support the Shawnigan community • Electoral Area G - $1,000 Saltair Community Society to purchase a pool table
3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment in Cowichan BayThe Board provided third reading and adopted the Electoral Area D Marine Zoning Bylaw to allow short term rental of stilt homes in Cowichan Bay.
4. Backyard Chickens in Cobble HillThe Board directed that an amendment be prepared to the South Cowichan Zoning Bylaw that would amend the R-3 Zone in the Cobble Hill village to allow for backyard chickens. This will now proceed to a public hearing.
5. Transit Service Bylaw AmendmentThe Board gave first three readings to Transit Service Amendment Bylaw No. 4035 which would increase the maximum annual requisition limit for transit services. The funds generated by the increase in annual requisition limit will be used towards funding a new operations and maintenance facility; park and ride expansion; service expansion; estimated fleet lease and base service cost increases for three years; and additional transit shelters and benches. The approval process for this bylaw requires written consent for adoption from at least eight of the 11 transit service participants followed by approval from the Inspector of Municipalities.
Did you know? At its August 10 meeting, Corporate Services received the Second Quarter Corporate Report which provides an update on progress made by staff on the Strategic Plan’s focus areas. It also includes a summary of key statistics such as building permits, recreation facility usage and fire response calls.