consultation

Community Conversation Review: Design Charette

Cobble Hill Conversations

Last night saw a turnout of about 65 people who come out to see what the final design charette looks like and how it can be used to preserve the rural feel of Cobble Hill.

While some folks were upset about the cost of the project and how it was funded, I felt that we came to an understanding on a couple of key points with this:

1.  I understand that some people feel there wasn’t enough consultation. I heard that at the budget meetings, through email and at this meeting. That is why I want to have these meetings. I want to ensure more people feel part of the process. I feel as a group we can come up with better solutions together.

2. The horse has left the gate. Many people commented that they are happy with the final product so let’s work together to make cost effective solutions to creating a safe village core.

People talked with their table mates during the round table discussions and brought up good points about moving forward:
1. Walking safety is a high priority
2. Tax payers don’t want to pay for business frontage improvements
3. Work with ministry of transportation (MoTi) on a truck route to stop big trucks through village
4. How can we fund the sidewalks/paths?

On the last question of how we can fund these walkways, I have seen the park volunteers make some amazing gravel paths that are compacted crush gravel. These allow strollers, walkers and bikes on them. They are cheap to fix and maintain.

Example of crushed gravel path

The next steps in getting paths in the village will be to meet with MoTi to learn of their standards they would like to put in place.

Copies of the charette can be found here:

CH Charrette Summary Final low res

CH Charrette Toolkit Final low res

Ways to interact with your local government

A recent letter to me and the newspaper asked about how people can be more involved in their local government. Here are a few ways.

 
1. You can email me. mclement@cvrd.bc.ca
You can also call me on my cell phone 250-715-6874
 
2. you can write in correspondence to any commission. 
You can email in your opinions, ideas or concerns to ANY committee or commission. 
There’s the cobble hill parks commission, the kerry park commission, electoral area service, transit, regional services and the board.
 
3. You can be a delegation. 
You can appear as a delegation to any of the committees above and speak for 10 minutes on an issue you want highlighted. There is a projector for videos and power points. here is the link https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/2015/Delegation-Requests

4. We have question period
You can ask about anything that was on that meetings agenda. It is at the end of the meetings. 

5. NEW! We now have a public input session at the beginning of all of our meetings. You have 3 minutes to talk about your ideas or input on that meetings agenda. This means you don’t have to stay to the end for question period.

Where is the money coming from to build Cobble Hill

Tofino Fourth and Campbell Streetscape Improvement

Here is a picture of Tofino, before and after.

Tofino has gone down the path that Cobble Hill is on right now. First we are building a design charrette with the community to create a VISUAL pallette of what we would like to see in the village.

Next will be to prioritize what to do.

One of the funding sources that Tofino accessed and we can as well is the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET). They help fund projects they believe will help the economic vitality of an area. Chemainus and Lake Cowichan took grants from ICET as well.

This is just one of a few grant programs that we can access.

 

TOWN HALL – Fisher Road Composting

TOWN HALL MEETING
FISHER ROAD COMPOSTING EXPANSION
December 1st – 7PM
Cobble Hill Hall – 3550 Watson Ave
Matteus Clement, CVRD director, will be
facilitating a town hall meeting to discuss an
application from Fisher Road Recycling to
expand their Capacity from 18,000 tonnes to
36,000 tonnes.
The discussion will hear from the
community about concerns around odours,
water protection and moving forward.
MClement@cvrd.bc.ca
250-715-6874

Alternate Approval Process (AAP) – taxes

As you may have read in the paper, there is some discontent around the CVRD’s use of the AAP.

You can read about a recent dicussion that was had at the table in the paper: http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/340001231.html

I think the quote at the end of the article sums up my feelings around this issue:

“We’ve got to understand that what is under the Local Government Act and the Community Charter and what’s set out for the newspapers is the bare minimum so the question is do we want to do the bare minimum as local government, and that’s common practice, or do we want best practice?”

Here is a video I made to help explain the tools we have as a local government.