March 2017

South Cowichan Echo Cover March 2017Cowichan Bay estuary awash in controversy

By Peter W. Rusland
Of The Echo

COWICHAN BAY – A battle is looming in Cowichan Bay that will pit environmentalists against a long-estab-lished stevedoring company.

In an attempt to ensure its operations comply with Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) bylaws, Western Stevedoring has applied for a rezoning amendment.

“The CVRD notified us that some of the current uses on-site were not consistent with the CVRD’s zoning bylaw 1015, which was adopted in 1986,” explains Alan Moore, operation manager/superintendent of terminal operations for Western Stevedoring in Cowichan Bay.

“The objective of the rezoning amendment is to align the CVRD zoning with the permitted uses under provin-cial leases,” he adds.
Moore says the company has no plans to expand its industrial presence in Cowichan Bay beyond the current and historic uses of the site. He says the intent of the rezoning is to clarify that existing marine and transporta-tion-related assembly/manufacturing on-site can continue. Read Full Story >