Our take: Future coming, will you help it take shape?

Two stories emerged last week that hardly exploded from our pages into the community like bombshells.

But each has the potential to lead to significant change for this community down the road.

The first is talk of a restructuring of Cowichan’s local political boundaries. Taken on its own, it’s as easy to dismiss; these discussions are as inevitable as broom in the Cowichan Valley.

The second is the joint University Village planning process being conducted by Duncan and North Cowichan. Taken on its own, it’s as easy to dismiss as countless other municipal blab sessions that eventually find a home on a high shelf in some local public official’s office.

Put together, however, they may spell an opportunity that should not be dismissed.

Each is an attempt to redefine the way our community works Each is an attempt to redefine the way our community grows. Each would spell change, for better or worse.

Restructure seeks to reduce duplication in local government and find a better model — in essence, change the way our community makes decisions and delivers services.

The University Village plan seeks to encourage a specific kind of development in a specific, high-profile area within our community — in essence, redefine the character and direction of an entire neighbourhood.

Most of the people reading this have probably done little more than absorb these two items as news.

But it is our hope you might do more.

If you care about the direction this community is going, maybe it’s time to get more involved.

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