Help plan the future of Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls

The Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls area Advisory Planning Commission would like more variance in their membership.

  • May. 23, 2011 12:00 p.m.
CVRD planner Mike Tippett goes over a map with the Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls Advisory Planning Commission

CVRD planner Mike Tippett goes over a map with the Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls Advisory Planning Commission

The Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls area Advisory Planning Commission would like more variance in their membership.

“We’re having a hard time getting anyone under 50,” chair Brian Peters said, during the group’s latest meeting, Monday, May 16.

The group has room for another two new members, as they’re allowed a maximum of 10, and currently have eight.

Member David Lowther recently resigned, due to other commitments, with Susan Restall expressing interest in the now vacant position.

The commission’s current goal is to update the area’s Official Community Plan, which is both outdated, and includes many references to the Youbou/Meade Creek electoral area, as at one time there was only one plan for both the north shore and south shores of Cowichan Lake

“We want it to be ours,” vice-chair Peter Devana said, during the meeting. “I think we have a different vision than area I (Youbou/Meade Creek).”

It’s also about 12 years old, with the last draft having been completed in 1999.

It’s not a complete re-tool of the plan at this point – that won’t likely happen for at least another year – but an updating.

The Official Community Plan serves to provide the CVRD’s elected officials with guidance as to the future of the area, as well as let developers know what the community approves of for the area.

During the group’s latest meeting, Monday, May 16, members discussed replacing a lot of the plan’s current negative wording, including use of the word “prohibited.”

The group also touched upon future developments, with the area between Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay seeming the ideal location for new homes, as it would add to the two communities, rather than create another commuter community further on down the lake.

There are some hiccups in the plan; mainly the fact that much of the area’s prone to flooding.

Those interested in a position on the commission can contact Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls area director Ian Morrison at 749-0134