Category Archives: Meetings


Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly is hosting a non-partisan community meeting at:

Saltair Community Centre
Friday, March 6th from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

Paul will give a brief report on his recent work in Ottawa, and then open the floor for questions on any federal issue. All community members are invited to attend.

These community meetings are scheduled twice a year throughout the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. They are part of Paul’s commitment to being an accessible and accountable federal representative. More dates and locations are listed on Paul’s website at

One question we are frequently asked is, “How is this a non-partisan event?” The answer is that Paul is there to report on his work as MP, not to talk about the Green Party. There will be no Green Party signage or literature on display at this MP hosted event. We believe it is very important that everyone feel comfortable in the meeting space, so they can hear from their MP and ask questions that are important to them.

Laurie MacMillan
Communications Coordinator
Office of MP Paul Manly

Important Public Meeting CVRD Harmonized Plan

The CVRD is harmonizing and modernizing its Official Community Plan, and we want to hear from you!

The CVRD began this process by “harmonizing” our existing electoral area OCPs into one Regional OCP and is now moving towards modernizing that OCP to address regional trends.

The result of this process will be a Regional OCP that will set the foundation for the Cowichan Valley to be an attractive place to live work, and play for years to come.

The current drafts of the  he Harmonized Official Community Plan (HOCP) 3.0. and Schedule C – Development Permit Areas 2.0. Note: OCP definitions will be included in the Zoning Bylaw modernization.

February 8, 2020 (1- 4 p.m.)

North Oyster Community Center – Room 201, 13467 Cedar Road, Ladysmith

It is important to attend to learn how this will affect Saltair.

Saltair Advisory Planning Commission Meeting POSTPONED


Saltair Advisory Planning Commission Meeting

Saltair APC will host a public meeting on February 23rd, 2020 at the Saltair Community Centre Gym at 2:00 pm regarding the CVRD’s plan of harmonizing all 9 electoral area’s Official Community Plans which include Saltair.

The Formal Referral Period for Advisory Planning Commissions is currently underway to review the current drafts of the Harmonized Official Community Plan (HOCP) 3.0. and Schedule C – Development Permit Areas 2.0. Note: OCP definitions will be included in the Zoning Bylaw modernization.

Please attend to obtain further information regarding potential important changes to the Area G/Saltair Official Community Plan.


2020 CVRD Budget Presentation

2020 CVRD Budget Presentation – Saltair Community Centre – October 16, 2019 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend a CVRD presentation of the 2020 Budget .

If you wish to look up specifics on areas of interest to you, here is the official site:

It appears that Area G will receive about $420,000 over five years from the Community Works Fund (CWF) based on its population (2,325) and of that allocation, the funds will be divided proportionally between Saltair and Thetis Island based on their relative populations.  The priorities for Saltair have, so far, been identified as the water project and parks.  It has been reported that, although the CWF for the CVRD has gone up, the percentage amount allocation to area G has gone down.

In previous years, this presentation was held in Ladysmith, this year it will be held in the newly refreshed gymnasium at Saltair Community Centre.

Front entrance of the Saltair Community Centre at 3850 South Oyster School Road, Saltair BC

Please join us to learn more about the local budget process and tax allocations for 2020.


Reminder To Complete Centennial Park Survey

Reminder – Centennial Park Survey due October 16th

Here is your chance to have a say……

The CVRD Parks & Trails Division is exploring future use options for Saltair Centennial Park and wants to hear from the community……

Saltair Centennial Park is a 5.85 hectare community park located in Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, between South Oyster School Road and Mountain View Drive.
The park was first established in 1984 with various acquisitions over the years with the last purchase in 2014, being the former Mount Brenton School property now the Saltair Community Centre.
The park has been built up over the years with various park amenities: 
  • tennis courts , 

    Play year-round Tennis at Centennial Park tennis courts
  • concession and washroom building (1991),roller hockey court (1998),
    • north parking lot (1999),
    • picnic shelter (2000).
    • The playground was replaced in 2009.
    • Additional upgrades to the park have taken place over the last 10 years.
    As park user’s change over time, and these park amenities are reaching their lifespan, decisions will need to be made in the next few years on whether to replace existing amenities with newer versions or change them out for different amenities.
    In 2018, Saltair Centennial Park had over 28,600 visitors to the park which will continue to grow annually as more people wish to spend their time outdoors.

    A concept plan is being developed for the park and we are looking for your input.

    There are two options:
    1. Contact the CVRD Parks & Trails Division or visit the
    3. Download and print a copy and drop it off at Saltair Community Centre or Saltair Food Market.
    Tanya Soroka
    Parks and Trails Planner
    Images by NoHorseRanch

Place Making Speaker Series

We have two exciting Placemaking Vancouver Island Speaker Series events coming up!

13 Ways to Kill Your Community
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00p.m. at the Shawnigan Lake School Chapel
Doug Griffiths is the President and CEO of 13 Ways, Inc., a company he founded to provide consultation to struggling North American communities. He is co-author of the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, now in its 2nd edition. This book has become the go-to manual for community building in North America.
To RSVP for thisfreeevent visithere
Revitalizing Our Communities and Economy By Restoring Our Environment
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00p.m. at the Ramada Duncan
Storm Cunningham is a major catalyst for community regeneration and the author of three books. He focuses on helping places worldwide revitalize with the natural, built, social and economic assets they have to attract the resource they’ll need tomorrow.
To RSVP for thisfreeevent visithere
Hope to see you there! And please help spread the word to anyone that might be interested!
Bev Suderman
CVRD Senior Planner

Saltair Water Systems Public Meeting

Saltair Water System Public Meeting

Hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District, Water Management Division

  • Monday, April 8th, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Saltair Community Centre  Gym
  • 3850 South Oyster School Road


CVRD are inviting customers of the Saltair Water System to a public meeting.  This is an important meeting is  for residents to learn more about critical upgrades needed to the water system and to also provide input to your Area Director Lynne Smith and CVRD Staff on decisions facing our community.  By now, you will have received a letter in the mail dated March 8th, 2019 from the CVRD providing information on  water related issues that eventually  need to  be resolved.

The public meeting will provide further details on the surface water treatment options  and repairs needed to the Stocking Lake Dam as well as provide an update on the current Watermain Upgrade Project.  CVRD encourages residents to attend the meeting; staff will provide a presentation on each topic followed by a question and answer period plus input from residents.

Please contact Lisa Daugenet at 250-746-2530 or lisa [dot] daugenet [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca if you have any questions regarding this meeting.

Saltair Mail Box Break-Ins

Saltair Mail Box Break-ins
Posted by: Lynne Smith – Area G –Director Elect
23 Oct 2018
Saltair Mail Box Break-ins Photo credit Darlene McMurtry Wright
Yesterday I was out and about and noticed that many of the Saltair Mail Boxes had been broken into.
Recently there has been mail box break-ins all up and down the Island involving these type of mail boxes. The possible reason is that people are looking for cannabis that has been sent by mail. They seem to not realize that cannabis sent by mail has to be picked up at the Post Office if you have our style of mail boxes.
The RCMP have been called in to investigate. Thank you to the residents that brought these break-ins to their attention.
Today I spoke with the people that were taping up the broken boxes and was advised that these boxes will be replace with new boxes but it might take a few weeks or more.
I was advised that those with broken boxes will have to pick their mail up at the Post Office in Ladysmith for those that have mail delivery from the Ladysmith Post Office and for those that have mail delivery from the Chemainus Post Office they will need to pick up their mail at the Chemainus Post Office.
For those that are interested in starting a Neighbourhood Watch program in their area of Saltair, please contact the RCMP to work out all the details as there is a process involving the RCMP. Good to hear that people in the Saltair community are wanting to get started on helping keep the Saltair community and their neighbourhood safe.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to bring this information to the community.
Lynne Smith
Area G – Director Elect

Affordable Housing Proposed Bylaw No. 4201- Public Feedback Needed

News Release from CVRD – May 10, 2018

CVRD Launches Affordable Housing PlaceSpeak Topic
BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has launched a new PlaceSpeak topic aimed at spurring discussion around the issue of affordable housing in the Cowichan region.

The CVRD Board is considering Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 4201 to provide an annual financial contribution to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs related to creating more affordable housing.

The proposed bylaw addresses the issue of affordable housing in the region by:

Creating a regional service to provide annual funding to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs for programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan region;

Establishing a tax to raise $765,000 per year to be managed by the Cowichan Housing Association to leverage and attract funding from the federal and provincial governments to build affordable housing. This tax will be assessed through an annual property value tax of $4.58 per $100,000 of assessed value.

It’s important to note that of the total of $765,000 per year, $500,000 (65%) will go directly toward helping to get “bricks and mortar” projects underway. A further $138,000 (18%) is committed for programming to prevent housing loss, developing partnerships and research and data collection.

Over the coming weeks there will be several opportunities for the public to provide feedback on this topic, including during community open houses to be held at four locations in the region during the month of May:

  • May 16th Kerry Park Recreation Centre (Mill Bay) 4pm to 7pm
  • May 17th Eagles Hall (Ladysmith) 4pm to 7pm

May 22nd Island Savings Centre (Duncan) 4pm to 7pm

May 24th Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (Lake Cowichan)

For more information please visit

PlaceSpeak provides a single stop for residents to engage with the issues that directly impact their communities. Once a resident has signed up for PlaceSpeak, they will automatically be notified of new public consultations based on their chosen notification distance.

Visit to sign up for a free account. If you already have an account, go to to join the discussion.

For more information, please contact:

Bev Suderman  Senior Planner. Community Planning – 250-746-2607  or email: bsuderman [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca

Terri Mattin, Cowichan Housing Assoc. Executive Director 250-597-1376 ext. 104 or email: terri [dot] mattin [at] cowichanhousing [dot] com