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Veteran Mill Bay director confirms this will be his last term on the CVRD board

Mill Bay Director Brian Harrison has confirmed he will not seek re-election in the Cowichan Valley Regional District Nov. 19 vote.

Harrison, who served as director for five non-consecutive terms, announced his decision yesterday.

“In a growing area such as Mill Bay, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to meet the responsibilities of the assignment, and still allow time to meet my family commitments and pursue other obligations and interests,” he said.

“I’ve really quite enjoyed it, but because of the number of issues in the south Cowichan area, it’s an extremely time-consuming position, and it just doesn’t leave time for other commitments.”

Harrison’s decision leaves the seat open for declared candidates such as former director Mike Walker and CT Group member Angela Auchincloss, plus any others who come forward before the Oct. 14 candidacy deadline.

Harrison, meanwhile, said he’s pleased with the creation of the South Cowichan Official Community Plan during his last term — “I think we’ve created a south Cowichan growth plan that lays out very clearly where growth would occur, and helps ensure the infrastructure would be in place to have this happen” — and praised the hard work of the Mill Bay Area Planning Committee and Parks Committee.

“I would have liked to see us move closer toward incorporation,” added Harrison, “or at least a new governance model for Mill Bay and the south Cowichan area, because while the CVRD serves us well in some areas, it’s unable to dedicate the resources, nor does it have the mandate, to make decisions that a municipal-style government would permit.”

Still, Harrison said overall he’s enjoyed his time in office.

“The only reason I’m not carrying on is the time commitment,” he said. “It requires full time, which I gave it, and I will work hard at this until the last day of my term, right to the last minute.”

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