Council Briefs

District of Sooke council made its way through the proposed changes to Bylaw 600 (previously Bylaw 500) at the regular council meeting of Dec. 10.

After lengthy discussion on many aspects of the bylaw, council agreed to delay the first and second reading until 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 when a special council meeting would be held. This is to allow council the time to comprehend the material being put into Bylaw 600.

A public hearing will be held for Bylaw 600 on Jan. 14, 2013.

Planner Tracey Olsen said a written notification would be sent to every household in Sooke in regard to the bylaw. Specific property owners would also receive special written notification where their  uses are affected by the changes in the bylaw.

Earlier in the meeting, discussion ensued on park zones and a motion had been made to remove the park use in all zones. This motion was defeated.

At the portion of the meeting where public comment was received, Lorien Arnold from Sooke Mountain Cycle took exception to statements made in a letter by Fred Von Ilberg in regard to his being in a conflict situation in regard to the proposed bike skills park in John Phillips Memorial Park.

Arnold said he had always conducted himself with integrity and with the best interests of the community in mind. He said Ilberg’s attack sickened him and he demanded a retraction. he said the attack on himself, his family and his business “will not be tolerated.”

He said the “paltry $3,600” the bike group received for studies and plans was nothing compared to the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” spent by the district on legal expenses perpeturated by Ilberg and others when challenging council decisions, according to former mayor Janet Evans back in 2011.

None of those numbers were ever substantiated.

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