Council Briefs

Ted Olynyk from BC Hydro explains the Smart Meter program to District of Sooke council at the April 23 meeting. - Pirjo Raits
Ted Olynyk from BC Hydro explains the Smart Meter program to District of Sooke council at the April 23 meeting.
— image credit: Pirjo Raits

A brief run down on what happened at the District of Sooke council at the regular meeting on April 23.


Two delegations came before council at the regular council meeting of April 23, 2012.

Ted Olynyk from BC Hydro came before council to talk about the Smart Meters and the issues brought forward by residents in the province. A number of local residents also came forward to speak to their concerns with smart meters.

Council passed a resolution to place a moratorium on the mandatory installation of wireless Smart Meters until the major issues and problems identified regarding wireless Smart Meters are independently assessed by a panel or public committee and to ask the province to ask the BC Utilities Commission to conduct an independent study.


Lynne Henderson, a representative from the Capital Regional Music Awards Society, came before council to garner support for greater Victoria’s bid for the JUNO Awards. Despite a power-point presentation on the benefits the region would see if the JUNOs came to the region, council chose to support the bid in principle but with no funding. If the district had participated it would have cost the district $12,000 or $1 per capita. Other municipalities are taking part.

Mayor Wendal Milne stated, “We can offer a letter of support but no money.”

Councillor Maja Tait, chair of the Economic Development Commission, said the EDC looked at the request but felt they should be more concerned about what happens within Sooke’s municipal boundaries.


Bylaw No. 526, Fire Protection Services Amendment Bylaw

Council gave first, second and third reading to Bylaw 526 which would extend the season for open air fires to the end of May, rather than the end of April. This would be dependent on the Ventilation Index rating of fair and good. The next meeting of the Burning Regulation Review Committee takes place on May 2, 7 p.m. council chambers.

Council gave first, second and third reading to Bylaw 519 and 520 for the Nott Brook development. Bylaw 519 will rezone the property from High Density Multi Family (RM4) and Public recreation Zone (P1) to Small Lot Residential (R3). Amendments will allow the developer to establish a community allotment garden, as well as an amenity building of 2,300 sq. ft. The building will  have an outdoor patio and will be used and managed for social, aesthetic, educational, etc, purposes by the strata within the development. There is also a proposal to change the location of Otter Point Road.

Bylaw 520 is a 10-year Phased Development Agreement. Covenant EX97394 was released and a public hearing will be scheduled. The development will have 127 units with 30 two-level units. A covenant will restrict secondary suites in the development.

A public hearing will also be held for Bylaw No. 525, Zoning Amendment Bylaw at 1836 Tominny Road. Council gave Bylaw 525 first and second reading and released a covenant.


Council agreed to forward a request for the construction of a farm employee house at 2012 Penang Road to the Agricultural Land Commission.

Other council news

Lisa Urlacher, corporate assistant, is departing and Sue-Lin Tarnowski is being replaced by David Gawley who will be the district’s Acting Director of Finance, effective April 16. Gawley has joined the district on a contract basis.

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