Urban boundary pushed to the Somenos dike

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What a decision to extend North Cowichan's urban containment boundary to the new dike north of Beverly Street could mean is expected to be unveiled this afternoon.

Council is expected to discuss a revised land use concept for the area between Beverly and the dike prepared by staff after it voted July 2 to amend the proposed University Village Plan to reflect an urban containment boundary that follows the dike between the Trans-Canada Highway and Lakes Road.

"The changes considered included moving the urban containment boundary from Beverly Street part, or all, of the way to the dike, plus defining the land uses that would be permitted (park, institutional, residential and commercial) in the area," Mayor Jon Lefebure said.

The University Village Area is one of the three urban core areas in North Cowichan where greater density and a higher level of service is planned. Members of the Somenos Marsh Society are concerned the decision means more whittling away the marsh.

The meeting is scheduled for today at 1:30 p.m.

"The public are welcome to express their opinions before and at the July 10 meeting," Lefebure said.

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