Category Archives: Meetings

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


Have you heard of: Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island?

Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island (Fort-Vi) are a diverse group of individuals who believe they have a better plan for the E&N Island corridor that will benefit all Island residents.

The group’s vision is to create non-motorized, recreational trails on Vancouver Island for all users whether bikers, walkers, hikers, horseback riders or commuters. This trail would begin outside of Langford and could go as far as Courtney a total of 224 kilometers and a potential branch corridor of 64 kms from Parksville to Port Alberni.

Converting existing rails to trails would boost tourism economy and promote healthier living for locals.

Click on the video below for comprehensive information power point presentation by fort-vi

The project would maintain the railroad history by maintaining the historic railway stations as tourist information centers or kiosks which could direct people to local attractions and accommodation. The cost of developing the trail should be minimal as the salvage value of the steel rails could go towards a contract for their removal. Removal would be done with the least amount of disturbance leaving the rail bed in a condition conducive to immediate use of recreational traffic with the possibility of a top dressing of fine gravel or pavement in the future. Utility companies, such as, gas, water and power may wish to utilize the corridor for their infrastructure and by leasing out this opportunity, future maintenance costs of the trail could be minimized. With a multi-use trail in place the corridor will always remain intact and when future rail transportation is required, which may be quite sometime in the future, it could be constructed where needed, while relocating the trail alongside the new infrastructure.

img_1102By making active trail transportation a viable option for everyday travel we would cost-effectively reduce oil dependence, climate pollution and obesity rates while providing better choices to get around town. Rail-trails will encourage healthier, more mobile lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities by making places away from vehicle traffic to walk, bike and more. They support a viable alternative to the automobile and contribute to a more vibrant community interaction by connecting people to the places they live, work and play. They encourages people to get outside and get active by using the trail for local visiting and shopping and maybe even taking a Rail-trail vacation, seeing the countryside from a perspective once enjoyed only by train travelers.

With the imminent demise of rail service on the E&N it is time to seriously consider not putting any more tax dollars into maintaining a crumbling railway infrastructure and using the railway corridors for the development of non-motorized, multi-use trails. (info obtained  from fort-vi website).

If you are interested in further information about this group and would like to sign their petition to promote this concept, click this link for access FORT-VI website



Saltair Coastline Sees Increase in Freighter Anchorage – Meeting Planned for Concerned Citizens

There are so many freighters anchored in our coastal waters, it is frightening for our environment and peaceful enjoyment of natural beauty of our islands and coast. There is no doubt this is the impact of the new protocol for anchorages. See the high density all over Saltair, Thetis, Penelakut, Valdes Island. There are more than 15 freighters in the area. Looks like Vancouver port Authority is happy to push more and more freighters to us under the new protocol. This map should be a shock and waking call to all of us….

Call for a Meeting of concerned citizens:   Saturday March 10 at 2pm  in Room #17 at Saltair Community Center – Due the new interim protocol for the use of Southern BC anchorages, we currently have 6 international freighters that were re-routed to our area and currently impacting negatively the Saltair coastal area.

Our area has 6 anchorages that were initially created at a time where freighters were 3 to 5 times smaller. The new generation of ships is way bigger. Their generator and lights is a terrible nuisance. We have to fight to decrease the number of freighters in our area to a level that we can live with. We have to make our voice heard over this freighters issue.

A big thank you to the residents who have taken the time to express their concern and distress: sleep disturbance with excessive sound and lights, scenic views destroyed, risk of ecological wasteland, disturbance to wildlife and resident whales, etc.

In this photo you can see how the lights and noise from the ships can affect homes on and near the waterfront. Photo submitted by Doug Blackley

The next step is to get organized. Please confirm your intention to come to the meeting be sending an email at:

saltair [dot] anchorage [at] gmail [dot] com – Kahina Morisset

It is very important that I know who plans to come so I can prepare things to help as an organizer. I need your support. The meeting will be one hour and the agenda is to find a name for our group and decide how we can fight for things to change. There are several options that I will explain so we can decide together the best course of action. I know it is hard for all of us to find the time and the energy to do this but if we do nothing, the future of Saltair coastal area is compromised for certain.

People from Cowichan Bay, Gabriola, Thetis, and Salt Springs have been fighting, and now it is our turn if we do not want to become an industrial port annex.

“Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is assigning these ships. “As the national review gets underway, and as an interim measure to ensure that no one anchorage is overused, Transport Canada has asked the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to manage the assignment of anchorage locations along the south coast of B.C. This a change from existing practice, where anchorages are selected by Masters of vessels in consultation with a coast pilot, without considering equitable rotation.”


Submitted by Saltair resident:      Kahina Morisset

New Rebates Available for Replacing Old Woodstoves

New Rebates Available for Replacing Old Woodstoves
Have you considered replacing your old woodstove with a cleaner, more efficient home heating appliance?

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) now offers rebates of up to $600 when you replace your pre-1994 woodstove with a cleaner-burning heating appliance such as a heat pump, gas stove, propane stove or EPA-certified pellet or woodstove.
“Residents who’ve participated in the program in previous years have noted reduced insurance costs, savings on home heating and improved indoor air quality,” says Chair Jon Lefebure. “Switching to a gas stove or heat pump means you can heat your home with the flick of a switch, benefiting everyone from the elderly to busy families. Participants who installed new certified woodstoves also found their new pellet and woodstoves can burn for up to 24 hours without having to add more wood.”

The Woodstove Replacement Program has been offered for almost 10 years by the CVRD in partnership with the BC Lung Association and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The program aims to improve local air quality within the Cowichan region and reduce the health risks associated with particulate matter from old, inefficient wood burning appliances. Since 2009, over 800 Cowichan residents have taken advantage of the rebates and replaced their smoky old woodstoves.

Rebates are offered on first-come, first-served basis and are very popular. Don’t wait to apply as available rebates always run out before the year end.

  • Receive a $550 rebate and a $50 retailer discount when you replace your old woodstove with a heat pump or gas, propane or pellet stove.
  • Receive a $300 rebate and a $50 retailer discount when you replace your old woodstove with a new EPA-certified woodstove.

Visit for more information or contact CVRD at 250.746.2530, 1.800.665.3955 or es [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca.

Water Main Upgrades

Saltair Water System Update

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 by Saltair Water Advisory Committee

From Saltair Water Advisory Committee (SWAC)

Lynne Smith, chairperson, committee : Stan Piper, Jim Whittaker

contact :  saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com

Saltair Water System 2018

Distribution Upgrades 2018 (ageing infrastructure)

  • Chemainus Rd – Reed Rd PRV up to and including Southin Rd (Southin Rd will be optional work in 2018 depending on the budget)
  • Old Victoria Rd – Jackman Rd to the end of the line at the North Cowichan boundary

Groundwater 2018

The CVRD is looking at a well as an alternate to a filtration plant for the Saltair Water System current water source of Stocking Lake.

  • Staged approach in searching for a sustainable groundwater source
  • Test well drilling to start in April 2018

SWAC will be holding an information meeting similar to the one we had last year for Saltair residents.   We have a lot of new information to share with you.

We are planning to have the meeting near the end of May.

SWAC has an email list and if you would like to be sent updates please send your email address to saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com for us to add to our update email list

Posted: 15 Feb 2018 – Saltair Water Advisory Committee – Community Update

Chemoy & Dogwood:
The water main upgrades on Chemoy & Dogwood that were to be done is 2017 are now being done in the next few weeks. The contract was awarded to David Stalker Excavating for $199,455.90 (with GST).  This work includes renewing all services and re-routing the water main located behind homes where breaks have occurred in the past.

2018 Upgrades:
If the budget allows, upgrades on Southin Rd will be included with the 2018 Saltair Water System upgrades to the water main from Reed Rd. along Chemainus Rd to Southin Rd.

Saltair Water Advisory Committee (SWAC):   saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com