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Tap by Tap - FREE Water & Energy Savings Kits
The City of Duncan is offering free Water and Energy Savings kits to City residents. The kits include a shower head, two faucet aerators, thread seal tap and instructions. These easy to install fixtures will help residents to conserve water, decrease energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by heating water. For more information on Tap by Tap, click HERE. There are a limited number of kits available. Residents must bring in an old showerhead to receive a kit, and must fill out an application form and provide proof of residence.

The Tap by Tap program is offered as a result of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan ,adopted by Council in October 2015. Program support is provided by City Green Solutions, a non-profit organization specializing in energy efficiency.

Water Meter Program
Over the next three years, starting in September of 2015, the City will be installing new water meters at all residential properties on the City's water system. You will be notified prior to installation in your area.

To find out more please click on the link below:
>Water Meters - Frequently Asked Questions

Development Cost Charges Bylaw Update
The City is hosting an Open House to discuss possible updates to the Development Cost Charges Bylaw on Monday, June 8, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 200 Craig Street.

To find out more please click on the link below:
> DCC Open House

If you have any questions about the City's DCC's, please contact Talitha Soldera, Director of Finance, by June 19, 2015, via Email:

Urban Forest Strategy
The City adopted its Urban Forest Strategy in 2010, and has actively been working to implement the recommended priorities, including public education and developing regulations to protect and enhance the urban forest.

In November 2014, City of Duncan Council gave first and second readings to a Tree Protection Bylaw. The Urban Forest Strategy, Official Community Plan, and Strategic Plan all support the adoption of a Tree Protection Bylaw.

Please review the attached information about managing the Urban Forest and the Tree Protection Bylaw.

Significant trees have unique characteristics (e.g. size, age, species, aesthetic value, cultural significance, ecological importance) that provide considerable benefit to the community.

If you would like to nominate a Significant Tree to be protected, please submit the Significant Tree Nomination Form to City Planner, Michelle Geneau at or to City Hall. Please also contact the Planner if you have any comments on the Tree Protection Bylaw.

> Urban Forest Strategy
> Urban Forest Strategy Summary of Recommendations
> Tree Protection Bylaw Information
> Tree Protection Bylaw
> Significant Tree Nomination Form
> Significant Tree Excerpt from the Urban Forest Strategy
> Developers Guide to Urban Forest Management
> City of Duncan's Preferred Tree List
> Homeowners Guide to the Urban Forest
> Tree Protection Bylaw Guide

Trans Canada Highway Corridor Management Plan
The City partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Municipality of North Cowichan, and Cowichan Tribes in 2013 to develop the Trans Canada Highway Corridor Management Plan, for the corridor between Boys Road and Beverly Street. City Council adopted the Plan in October 2014.

> Trans-Canada Highway Corridor Management Plan
  (Between Boys Road and Beverly Street)

> Trans Canada Highway Corridor Management Plan - Final Report
  - 2005(Full 12mb document)

> Summary of Findings - Open House Presentation

University Village Local Area Plan
The City of Duncan, in collaboration with the Municipality of North Cowichan, prepared a proposed Local Area Plan for the area around Vancouver Island University, including an area bounded by Beverly Street, Lakes Road, Coronation Avenue, and Jubilee Street. We would like to thank everybody who participated and provided feedback in this process.

The proposed University Village Local Area Plan was adopted by City Council as an amendment to the Official Community Plan in August 2015.

Transit Pass Rebate
Lots of people are riding the bus thanks to the City of Duncanís Transit Pass Rebate Program! Itís been so successful that the rebate amount is being updated to ensure the program can be offered for the rest of the year.

Beginning in May, first time participants will receive a 75% rebate on their first monthly bus pass. Returning participants will receive a 25% rebate on monthly passes until the end of 2016.

> Transit Pass Rebate Application

City Partnerships
The City is actively involved with numerous organizations that are also working to increase the health and safety of our community. These include:

Cowichan Valley Safer Futures - Safer Futures is a community development and research program that looks at issues of personal security for women, children and other marginalized groups in their communities, and works at the community level to develop and implement solutions.

Community Policing - The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, in partnership with the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan, opened three community policing stations in the region in 2003 (Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Chemainus)

On an ongoing basis we work to support the initiatives of the Downtown Business Improvement Association, such as their thriving City Square Market and the ever-popular Christmas Light-up and Fireworks Display.

In 2006, the City conducted a Boundary Restructure Study that explored the potential advantages and disadvantages of including portions of the surrounding area within the City boundaries.


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