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Council Briefs, December 18, 2013

The regular District of Sooke council meeting on December 9, 2013 has the following items on the agenda:

 

Unfinished Business:

A Notice on Title for Bylaw Violations - 6929 West Coast Road (Prestige Hotel) has been postponed to the next council meeting to provide the building inspectors and opportunity to review recent submission from the property owner and bring back a report to council.

At issue is a number of outstanding matters as to Building Permits which amount to contravention of the District of Sooke Building Regulation Bylaw No. 70, 2001.

Public Input:

Council did not approve a Development Variance Permit for 2680 Otter Point Road. The applicant was requesting a variance to the water servicing standards for a proposed new lot so it can be serviced with well water instead of connecting to the municipal water supply provided through the CRD Water Service.

A neighbor of the applicant came forward and stated the ground water supply in the area was no longer enough and requested the application be turned down as it affected all of the neighbours. The CRD water main is located 0.4 kilometers south of the subject property but connecting up is decided by the CRD Water Service, and apparently there were no plans to extend the service in the foreseeable future.

Mayor Wendal Milne said he has some discomfort with this and would like to “have another go at the water board” as the property was within Sooke’s boundaries and included in the Regional Growth Strategy.

Council’s comments were summed up by Councillor Bev Berger who said, “If properties lose water, how in our right mind could be allow this?”

Bylaws:

Administrative Text Amendments to Bylaw 583, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-9) were deferred to the next meeting.

Reports:

Third Party Advertising Sign Regulations

Council voted to pass a recommendation to direct staff not to enforce the regulation of signs advertising under Bylaw No. 480 until a review is completed.

The Land Use and Environmental Committees will review the sign bylaw.

Prequalified Supplier List:

A report from staff was received by council on the district’s procurement policy. The policy requires that purchases of goods and services be done in a manner than enhances competitive bidding. The policy also makes reference to a listing of preferred and eligible suppliers for such procurement.

Coun. Herb Haldane stated that he has had complaints that the same suppliers get all the contracts in the district, and Mayor Milne stated the district needed to advertise of local suppliers. Beginning in 2014 the district will start developing list of pre-qualified suppliers for services and goods that are regularly purchased by the district and where all else is equal preference will be given to local suppliers.

CRD Regional Water Commission - Closure of the Leech watershed to public access.

Councillor Herb Haldane brought forward a motion which included, among other things, working with the CRD, motorized recreational back country users, and other park and trail groups towards establishing a pilot project for motorized recreational users through Harbourview/Sea to Sea Park in order to gain access to lands beyond the district boundary and consider establishing a Parks and Trails Advisory Committee.

The action items were included in the District of Sooke Bylaw 400 and the Official Community Plan 2010.

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