In November, 2017, SWOA was asked if they would be interested in providing input into possible revisions to Bylaw 900, specifically into the section dealing with dock sizing. Although SWOA responded at the time that it would definitely be interested in providing input, it wasn’t until may 2018 that we received word that the CSRD was planning to move ahead with changes to the bylaw and that they did want to discuss these with SWOA. A tentative date (June 25) has been set for these discussions.
The first indication of the scope of the proposed changes was brought forward to the Area Director’s Meeting (a sub-set of the CSRD Board) at their June 7th meeting. CSRD staff reported to the area directors that some changes to account for metric/British unit conversions (the bylaw uses metric widths/areas but industry still works with British units) and recommended that the permitted surface area of docks be increased to at least 30 square meters from the current 24 sq. m. Based on the information available to date SWOA has not determined that the rationale behind the proposed changes is sound and will want to discuss this further at the June 25th meeting.
In preparation for our meeting with CSRD staff, we would like some feed back from our members on the following questions:
1. What is the length of your dock?
2. What is the length of your boat?
3. Do you consider that it is safe to enter/exit your boat at the dock in stormy conditions?
Please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep your information confidential.
We will keep you up to date on the results of our meeting with CSRD staff and the opportunities that SWOA members will have to provide further input on the proposed changes when they are formally brought forward for review after first reading by the CSRD Board.