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It should be noted that proponents of a proposed project are free to hold public information meetings on their own accord with or without local government involvement. It is relatively common for proponents to host one or more such meeting for large or complex projects to gauge community support and resolve identified issues with the community in advance of a development application.
Public HearingsPublic hearings are required by the Local Government Act in cases where local governments are considering bylaws to adopt an official community plan or zoning bylaw amendment. The Act public hearings must be held after first reading of the proposed bylaw and before third reading. The purpose of a hearing is to permit individuals who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw to make written or verbal representations to the elected officials in relation to matters contained in the bylaw. This type of formal meeting does not permit two-way discussions with the primary obligation of the elected officials being to simply “hear” the information presented to them.
At a public hearing, elected officials are required under common law to be amenable to persuasion, though they may hold strong views on the matter. Once a public hearing has been concluded, elected officials are not permitted to receive any new information. That said, it is possible for additional public hearings should important new information be identified that is central to the decision-making process.
For more information, feel free to review the Rezoning Development Guide.
2. March 9, 2016 Board:#16-156 While the Board of the CVRD has expressed its opposition and lack of support for future Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) projects in the Cowichan Valley, the Board is aware of its responsibilities to give appropriate consideration to any land use application that might be made to the Regional District in accordance with the Local Government Act.
The manner of free expression is shaped somewhat by the legal obligations associated with a pending or an actual development application that is to be considered by the elected body. In this case, although an elected official is free to express their view on any given subject, it is considered prudent to ensure any view expressed respects the legal obligation of the elected official to maintain an “open mind” or be amenable to persuasive arguments either in favour or in opposition to a proposed bylaw. This helps ensure an elected official is not perceived to have prejudged the merits of any application, whether or not it happens to be consistent with an official community plan or zoning bylaw or any other consideration. Applications for official community plan and rezoning amendments are common components of local government business.
The requirements of procedural of fairness inherent in the rezoning process, as set out in case law, require elected officials to maintain an open mind. So, although they are entitled to hold and express opinions about issues of concern to the community, they must be prepared to listen to and weigh the arguments made both in favour of and in opposition to an application.
The Courts have stated that elected officials must be prepared to change their views based on the information presented by an applicant, including information presented at a public hearing. It is important to note that a Board or Council functions as a quasi-judicial body, with all associated responsibilities for procedural integrity, in the consideration of development applications. Otherwise, if a court finds an elected official had a closed mind, and was not prepared to change their views, no matter what information was presented, the elected official risks being disqualified from voting on the matter.
South Cowichan Zoning Bylaw No. 3520 The Bamberton lands on the east side of the Trans Canada Highway have a number of different zoning designations. These include Heavy Industrial 2 (I-2), Bamberton Light Industrial 1A Zone (I-1A), Rural Resource 1 (RUR-1) and Rural Resource (RUR-2). The water surface of the Saanich Inlet adjacent to the Bamberton Lands is zoned Heavy Industrial (I-2) and Marine Conservation 1 (W-1). None of the zones that apply to the Bamberton Lands or the water surface adjacent to the Bamberton Lands permit the storage and distribution of liquefied natural gas.
If its a Park design issue then please contact Graham Gidden, Parks and Trails Planner at 250-746-2639.
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Airborne asbestos fibers are a risk to you, your kids, your building contractor, the trucker who hauls away your construction waste and the worker at the waste facility who handles it.
Asbestos is everywhere in these older homes: in the insulation, walls, ceilings, surface coatings, floorings, ducting, plumbing, wiring, light fixtures and more. Asbestos is commonly mixed with other materials, making it difficult to recognize. All pre-1990 building materials should therefore be considered suspect.
Asbestos is commonly found in: loose insulation (e.g. vermiculite), roof gutters (asbestos cement), stucco, soffit boards, light fixtures, acoustic tiles, textured or coated walls and ceilings, siding and under sheeting, pipe insulation, insulation on electrical wires, furnace duct tape, boiler and furnace insulation, vinyl or linoleum flooring, drywall fillers and joint compound, roofing felt, shingles and tiles, etc. Potential sources of asbestos in the home
The cost of this service is a small price to pay when buying or renovating a house to protect everyone you care about and many you have never met.
Depending on the size of your renovation project, you can decide to have: 1. a full hazardous material assessment of your house or, 2. a hazardous material assessment with limited scope (i.e. an assessment of the materials that will be disturbed during your renovation project). For example, if you are renovating the bathroom, you may only need to test the materials in your bathroom.
The hazardous waste assessments will provide you with written documentation of the results. A full hazardous material assessment will come in handy for future renovation projects, or for when you plan to sell your house.
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DUNCAN: Coast Environmental Ltd.* 5271 Boal Road, Duncan 250-748-4611 or 250-715-0954*Note: Coast Environmental Ltd. Chemainus location does not accept asbestos waste.
NANAIMO: Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill*1105 Cedar Road, Nanaimo250-722-2044*Note: Asbestos waste is accepted by appointment only.
VICTORIA:Hartland Landfill*#1 Hartland Avenue, Victoria250-360-3030*Note: Asbestos waste is accepted by appointment only.
Asbestos Removal Have all identified (or suspected) asbestos containing materials removed by a qualified asbestos removal professional. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THESE MATERIALS YOURSELF. The cost of material removal will vary depending on the type of material, the volume of material, the accessibility of material, etc. For example, removal cost for vermiculite insulation may cost around $10/square foot, stucco ~$8-$10/square foot, plaster flooring ~$8/square foot, drywall ~$5/square foot, and tile flooring~ $4/square foot.
How Long Does it Take to Have Asbestos Removed? The time it takes to remove asbestos depends on the type of material, the volume of material, the accessibility of the material, the type of equipment the contractors have access to, etc. Typically, removal of one type of material will take three to five days as the contractor must seal the area off and carry out a number of other preparations both before and after the actual removal of asbestos to keep you and their staff safe.
How is Asbestos Disposed?Asbestos removal professionals have appropriate training and safety equipment that enables them to handle asbestos while avoiding exposure. Asbestos-containing material must be double bagged in 6-mil polyethylene asbestos bags, and properly labeled before they can be taken to an asbestos disposal facility.
Be Aware Unfortunately, there are contractors that will accept jobs that they are not qualified to do, putting their staff and you at significant risk. Qualified contractors will remove and properly dispose of asbestos from your home. Be aware that it is not acceptable or legal for a contractor to leave asbestos at your home for you to deal with.
Glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers, it becomes difficult to properly sort, and therefore recycle, these materials. Delivering glass to depots helps ensure that more of it—and more of the other material—is recycled.
When plastic film, or plastic bags and overwrap, is collected with other materials, pieces of the other recyclables—printed papers, paper packaging and aluminum, steel, and rigid plastic containers —mix with the plastic film. Once these materials are mixed together, it is difficult to completely separate the other recyclables from the plastic film to meet the standards of North American recycling markets. Plastic film that cannot meet market quality requirements is either used as fuel, directed to disposal, or shipped to Asia for sorting with local disposal of the sorted residue. Visit recyclinginbc.ca for more information.
The community will be kept informed as the project progresses and residents are welcome to submit comments at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local (fixed-route) service: These are the scheduled routes operating throughout the Cowichan Valley. Transit routes are available in all areas except Electoral Areas G (Saltair / Gulf Islands) and Area H (North Oyster / Diamond). For a full listing of routes with maps and schedules please see BC Transit's website; or pick up a Rider's Guide onboard.
handyDART (custom) service: handyDART provides accessible door-to-door, shared transit services for registered users with permanent or temporary disabilities which prevent them from using fixed-route services. For more information or to register please call 250.748.1230, or 1.855.748.1230 toll free from Ladysmith.
Commuter service: There are two Cowichan Valley Commuter routes operating Monday - Friday between the Cowichan Valley and the Capital Regional District (Victoria). Route #66 (the Duncan Commuter) offers 4 daily trips from Village Green Mall (on Central Road beside London Drugs) to Victoria early in the morning. Route #99 (the Shawnigan Lake Commuter) offers 2 daily trips early in the morning with trips starting from the Cobble Hill Train Station stop on Cobble Hill Road near Hutchinson Road. Note: There is currently no midday or weekend service available on these routes. These routes do no operate on statutory holidays. For more information call 250.746.9899.
As a fourth transportation option, the CVRD also provides assistance to the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation to deliver their Supported Transportation Program. This program provides rides to Cowichan Valley seniors (65 years of age and over) to access medical appointments. Rides are provided by volunteers. For more information, call 250.715.6481.
Cowichan Valley Transit Rider's Guide
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On-request service is limited to two per trip and priority is given to first-to-call customers and those with mobility challenges. For more information, and to book a trip, call Cowichan Lake Community Services at 250.749.3311. Standard cash fares of $2.00 apply per trip.
Cash fares on the Cowichan Valley commuter bus are $8.00 (one-way). Exact change is required and this fare is payable at the time of boarding.
Tickets and monthly passes can also be purchased for regular transit riders and these provide discounts. For full fare information please see: BC Transit's website