Economic Development Cowichan is gaining new insights into our industrial lands and the business owners who occupy them by developing an Industrial Land Use Action Plan. During the month of March, EDC staffers Amy Melmock and Janae Enns joined forces with the Duncan Cowichan, Ladysmith and Chemainus Chambers of Commerce, the Municipality of North Cowichan and local CVRD Area Directors to touch base with businesses across the region. Business owners from all corners of the region were encouraged to take part in an online survey that captures the opportunities, challenges and economic contributions industrial park owners and tenants make to the social and economic fabric of Cowichan. The survey is part of a larger study that is digging deep on future industrial land use needs and identifying trends in development. Cowichan is already home to an amazing variety of advanced manufacturing, wood and stone design, food processing and forestry-related companies and as new residents flock to the region, demand for new “employment lands” is increasing. The study is aimed at creating a valuable resource for industry and local government alike when it comes to planning for sustainable development.
Here are some of the snapshots from our many visits!