What are your concerns? Ben wants to listen and learn.
Send your thoughts or questions to Ben HERE, and he will get in touch.
The CVRD’s Budget for 2021
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has a budget totalling $100.4 million in 2020, which it uses to support the 178 distinct services that it provides to its four municipalities and nine electoral areas. Every year it invites our ideas as it updates its five-year financial plan, including both operating and capital budgets.
What should the CVRD be spending our money on? Its staff are currently seeking residents’ input on its 2021 budget. You can share your thoughts on the PlaceSpeak platform, where there is also a survey. You have to log in to Placespeak, but it’s worth the effort, since the CVRD does other community consultations there.
Water Security in Area H
Here are Ben’s thoughts about water security in our region.
And here is the link to the report that Ben refers to:
Your own thoughts? Contact Ben here.
Modernization of the CVRD’s OCP
Area H has an Official Community Plan (OCP) that is 35 years old. That’s w-a-a-a-y out of date. In response, the CVRD has been harmonizing the various different OCPs for all of Areas A to H.
They will soon start a community-driven process to modernize the OCP for the CVRD as a whole.
Then they will turn to Area H, and start a community-driven process to create a Local Area Plan.
As part of this plan, they will look at the existing Development Permit Areas (DPAs), and work with local residents to consider what’s needed to protect our landscape, the forest, our needs for housing, businesses and work, and our way of life.
The Schnitzer Steel Fire and the Cassidy Aquifer
What are your thoughts? Here’s some food for thought:
The fire as it was burning, from BC Local News
The Cassidy Aquifer, from a geology student at VIU
Aho Road – Security of Woodley Range Ecological Reserve and Local Residents
Residents who live at the end of Aho Road, next to Woodley Range, love that they live immersed in the wonders of Nature – but they hate that some people abuse the quiet and privacy of the area to camp illegally, cause trouble, and start fires.
Fire in September 2020: CHEK NEWS
Local residents have been seeking approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Highways to install a gate across the road, to prevent vehicular entry except for residents, but so far without any success. What do you think needs to happen? Send your thoughts HERE.
The Yellow Point Trail
The Yellow Point Ecological Society is promoting the need for a safe multi-purpose trail along Cedar Road and Yellow Point Road that will enable our children to cycle and walk safely to school, and enable all of us to enjoy walking, cycling and riding horses without fear of being hit by a speeding car. They have received support for the proposal from the Regional District of Nanaimo, the CVRD, Paul Manley MP, Doug Routley MLA, School District 68, and local businesses, and they are now in the process of forming a Joint Management Committee with the two Regional Districts to advance the project. Here are details of the project, and here’s a map of the proposed route. What do you think? Send your thoughts HERE.
Communications in Area H
I have heard many people say that we need better communications in Area H, in addition to the great service that Take 5 Magazine provides each month.
If I am elected, I will establish a new website for Area H at AreaH.ca (not yet operative) and I will invite you to suggest other ways in which we can share useful information and ideas, such as a Facebook Page or a monthly blog.
What are your concerns?
Contact Ben here.