Hot Issues in Area H

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:

Climate Projections for the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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 That’s w-a-a-a-y out of date.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.

Here is the CVRD website where you can learn more details. Also here.

The Schnitzer Steel Fire and the Cassidy Aquifer

The fire as it was burning. Photo from Nanaimo News Now

What are your thoughts? Here’s some food for thought:

The fire as it was burning, from BC Local News


From Island Health

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 end of Aho Road, above the Chuckwagon Store

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 (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.

3 thoughts on “Hot Issues in Area H

  1. Following Halloween and a rather demoralizing discussion on a community Facebook page, I’d be interested in Ben’s view about fireworks in our rural farming community. It seems many prefer open partying to respecting frightened animals both domestic livestock pets and wildlife. Sales are easily accessed, permits seem ignored and respecting anything near a 500 metre distance from livestock seems nonexistent.
    Saying ” my animals are okay” or suggesting we fire off loud noises to desensitize our stock is not answering this issue.


  2. Hi Edie,
    My circumstances are similar to yours – horses, cattle, dogs! (and wildlife). I enjoy the fireworks display in the right place and time as outlined by the by-laws. I think the bylaws have been well thought out and a clear compromise. For those interested here is the link to the bylaw
    Thanks for the question


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