Looking Back

Off-roaders buoyed by parks possibility


Spurred in part by a persistent and well-spoken lobby, the Capital Regional District parks committee has indicated it will re-examine the idea of allowing motorized recreational vehicles in some areas under, or about to be under its control.

Sooke resident and off-roader spokesperson Terrance Martin says it’s some of the most positive news he’s heard in about 10 years of advocating for enthusiasts’ rights to back country access.

Central to the issue are a number of factors that influence potential new parklands situated within Sooke’s municipal boundaries.


March 22, 2006

Camp T-tird logging halted


Although the tree harvesting at Camp Thunderbird has stopped, discussions on its merits will continue for weeks to come.

YM-YWCA chief executive officer Jennie Edgecombe and board members Marilyn Pattison and Lorenzo Oss-Cech attended Metchosin’s Planning and Environment Committee meeting Monday to hear community and council objections to the camp’s latest fundraising initiative.

Edgecombe responded to criticism leveled against the Y for allegedly contravening Metchosin’s tree-cutting bylaw. She explained that the harvesting began following receipt of advice that the Y was compliant with the bylaw.


March 21, 2001

Goose gas pipeline put on hold


The construction of the Centra Gas pipeline along the Galloping Goose Trail has been postponed due to bad timing in market conditions and demand.

The original plan was to start construction on the 27-kilometre, four month installation of pipes in the fall or 2001. Now Centra Gas is looking at the spring of 2002 as the earliest date.

“Everyone is aware of the energy prices going up, it’s a slow market,” said Centra project manager Paul Madsen.


March 20, 1996

Water system should be fixed before rates rise

A committee representing 196 Sooke properties with inadequate water supplies demanded the Comptroller of Water Rights  order the Greater Victoria Water District to fix the problem.

And Stu Whitney of the Committee for the Provision of Useable Fire Hydrants said there should be no water rate increase until the necessary repairs are done.

The committee speaks for property owners who have been affected by the removal of fire hydrants or have been notified that their neighbourhood does not have enough water pressure to meet Fire Underwriters’ Survey standards.


March 20, 1991

Rezoning decision delay irks developer


A Victoria developer who wants to create a high-quality 27-lot subdivision on a 48-acre parcel on Woodland Road in Saseenos says he’s getting “extremely frustrated” over the fact he can’t get a final decision on his zoning application.

“I’ve been working on it for 14 months already and spent more than $80,000 on perc tests, surveys and other costs,” said Brant Hoff of Braemar Developments, after CRD politicians decided last week to withhold a decision for another two weeks.

Mr. Hoff even has the full support of the Sooke-Jordan River Chamber of Commerce in his application, and the application has the approval of the Sooke Advisory Planning Commission.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, March 2017

Add an Event