History of the Diamond Improvement District:
The Diamond Improvement District was first settled in 1910 and was named after the “diamond” that was formed by the crossing of the Wellington Collery and E&N Railway lines which were located in the vicinity of where the current train tunnel crosses under the Trans-Canada Highway off Rocky Creek Road.
The Diamond Improvement District was incorporated by letters patent in the 1960s and is responsible for providing waterworks, fire protection (for links to burning info see below), and street lighting to the properties with the district. We also manage a community hall that is available for rentals.
The District lies roughly between Rocky Creek to the south and Bush Creek to the North and encompasses both the East and West sides of the Trans-Canada Highway, making up the upper and lower Diamond areas. We are also bordered by the Town of Ladysmith to the South and the Stz’uminus First Nations to the North.
The Diamond Improvement District is governed by five (5) elected Trustees who are also land owners from the area. Trustees are elected for this position at each year’s Annual General Meeting if and when terms become available. Trustees serve our District without remuneration.
The Diamond Improvement District does employ a few part-time employees to look after the day-to-day operations. An Administrative Officer, a Financial Officer, a Meter-Reader, a VIHA required Water-Tester, and a Manager for our Community Hall.
All major work on the works are done by contractors with the proper expertise.
We are a rural community. Our land use is determined by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and lot sizes are a minimum of one (1) acre with the exception of those in existence before zoning. There is no provision for commercial use within the district except for those that were here before we contracted to purchase water from the Town of Ladysmith.
The ratepayers of Area H of the CVRD, our area, voted not to have household garbage pick-up through the CVRD, however, the CVRD does supply blue totes for each property for the bi-weekly pick up of recyclables. There are several private companies that will pick up household garbage at a cost, but most prefer to drop off their refuse at the CVRD operated garbage & recycling centre on Peerless Road to the South of Ladysmith.
We are represented on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board by Area H director, Mary Marcotte.
If you need to contact either our office or a Trustee directly, please get in touch.
Burning info: Area H Fire Ban information