At its July 18, 2019 meeting the CSRD Board passed the revised Bylaw 900-25 at third reading and now will forward the revised bylaw to the Ministry of Transportation, Highways and Infrastructure for approval before the revised bylaw can be brought into effect, expected sometime this fall.
This issue has been under review for more than a year. As reported at our AGM last August, the CSRD enquired if SWOA would be interested in consulting with them on possible changes to Bylaw 900. SWOA agreed to provide input to any changes and in late June 2018 made a presentation to the CSRD Planning team. In spite of our input, the draft modifications to the bylaw only reflected minor revisions to the Bylaw. The CSRD published the proposed changes and sought input from the public, including SWOA as a “referral” agency. Thank you to all our members who provided input to the CSRD on this important issue. In late June of this year the CSRD held a public hearing on the proposed changes to the bylaw including a presentation on the findings of the public survey. SWOA attended the hearing and presented its views once again. A number of our members also presented their views to the hearing board.
Following the CSRD public hearing and undertaking some additional research, CSRD staff revised their recommendation for the top area of a dock bylaw from 30 m2 to 32 m2. The Board, in their deliberation on the recommendation, further revised this upwards to 33.45 m2 (for a total allowable length and width of 36 feet by 10 feet) without further Board approval.
SWOA believes that the changes to the Bylaw resulted from the contributions of all our members through this extended process and we thank you for your input and support.