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Council Briefs - April 23, 2014

Items on the agenda at the regular District of Sooke council meeting on April 14.

Delegations:

The EMCS Society Awareness Film Night received a community grant of $2,200 to purchase a new projector in 2013. The group secured one for a good price and had $616.57 left over and came forward asking council if they could use the surplus for soundboards for the theatre. Council approved the request.

Mary Brooke came before council requesting changes to the Townsend Road intersection. She stated people were at risk at the crosswalk and businesses along Townsend were disadvantaged because of the restriction on left turns into and out of Townsend Road. Council discussed the issue and will be in contact with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Public Input and Information Meetings:

Council authorizes approval of a Development Variance Permit for 6215 Marilyn Place to reduce the minimum setback to 10 metres from 15 metres; and issue the DVP providing the owner registers a covenant to restrict the use of the building to a recycling depot.

Bylaws:

Council adopted  zoning amendment Bylaw 587 to rezone 6695 Rhodonite Drive from R2 (Medium Lot Residential)  to R3 (Small Lot Residential).

Council adopted zoning amendment Bylaw 588 to amend the zoning at 2346 and 2350 Sooke River Road from RU4 (Rural Residential Zone) to RU5 (Neighbourhood Residential Zone).

Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw 592, Fire Protection Services Amendment Bylaw. The amendments were housekeeping measures.

Knox Presbyterian Church was granted a property tax exemption for church hall and lands. The amendment passed first, second and third reading and was to update the legal description of the church properties.

Reports:

A Site Specific Floodplain Exemption for 2896 Sooke River Road was tabled by council in order to deal with outstanding issues. The proponent is wishing to reduce the floodplain setback from 30 metres to 11.5 metres to the natural boundary of the Sooke River; and reduce the floodplain setback on Charters River from 30 metres to 13 metres to the natural boundary of the river. The property is zones Rural Residential.

The District of Sooke has no definition for “solid waste transfer stations” and a report came before council to consider amendments to the industrial designation of the OCP and the General Industrial (M2) zone of the Sooke Zoning Bylaw and add a definition.

Councillor Bev Berger said with no definition or designation this is “hindering the economic development of our community.” Council tabled the item to obtain more legal advice.

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended a Community Service Agreement with Sooke Region Community Health Initiative for 2014 to 2106 with and annual fee of $17,500.

The next regular council meeting is on April 28.

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