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Nature gets highest marks in North Cowichan citizen satisfaction survey

Overdevelopment of land cited as support declines for municipal changes

North Cowichan council this month released the results of a 2022 citizen satisfaction survey conducted by Forum Research.

Here are some key findings:

— Nature topped the list of why residents enjoy living here at 31 percent.

— 47 percent of residents support the changes to the municipality over the past five to 10 years, down from 76 percent support in a similar survey in 2019. Overdevelopment of land was cited as the leading reason for dissatisfaction.

— 95 percent rated their quality of life as good or very good.

— 89 percent are satisfied with the overall level and quality of services.

— 79 percent say they are receiving good value for their tax dollar.

— 50 percent support a tax increases to maintain service levels, while 13 percent support tax increases to expand or improve services.

— 52 percent get information about North Cowichan from the municipal website/platform compared with 12 percent from the local newspaper.

About 400 residents were surveyed. The margin of error is 4.9 percent 19 times out of 20.

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— Larry Pynn, Aug. 23, 2022

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