Council Briefs, Sept. 9

Notes from the September 9, 2013 District of Sooke council meeting

District of Sooke council met on Monday, September 9 and the following items on the agenda were dealt with:

Public Hearings

Bylaw 577, Zoning Amendment, Knox Centre. Council gave third reading to the bylaw which will allow more principal  uses on Lot 2096. The proponent wants more commercial uses which include co-op housing, health services, retail and restaurant, institutional uses, office and personal services. The covenant was also amended to remove the provision of a 5-metre right-of-way along the north property line.

Bylaw 578, Zoning Amendment for 6669 Horne Road, Harbourside Cohousing. Council gave third reading to Bylaw 578. The purpose of the rezone was to allow 31 units of cohousing in a CD zone. The maximum height of any building is limited to four storeys (15 metres). This includes underground parking as one storey. The applicants are required to construct a two-metre hard surface sidewalk to Murray Road, hard surface driveways, mill and overlay the existing pavement to Murray Road from the property line and build an erosion protection wall at the beach. They also give public access along the waterfront for a marine walkway.

There were some concerns expressed by a neighbour about noise which was detrimental to her business as a B&B.

“It’s a great project and I have empathy for the neighbours. The site is something that will not be intrusive in the neighbourhood,” stated Mayor Wendal Milne.

Bylaw 579, Zoning Amendment for 2078 Kennedy Road. Council granted third reading to the bylaw which will see the property amended from R1 to R3 allowing the applicant to further subdivide the  property into two lots.

A Development Variance was granted to 7130 West Coast Road varying the side lot line. The owners anticipate subdividing the property into two additional lots.

Bylaws

Bylaw 574, West Coast  Road Closure and Disposal Bylaw was adopted by council.

The Land Use and Environment Committee recommended approval of a strata title conversion for 1810 and 1820 Connie Road. The applicant had waited more than a year to proceed to convert two existing occupied dwelling into strata title ownership.

Council prepared a revised Development Permit for the municipal boat launch at the Prestige Hotel. A review of all Prestige project components indicate that the parking requirements are in compliance with the requirements of the development permit. But it was noted by Councillor Herb Haldane that the hotel never obtained an occupancy permit. Issues of parking problems arose before council and Councillor Rick Kasper stated the “parking was wholly inadequate.”

Mayor Milne said the district had gone through an extensive legal review of the agreement with Prestige and a Settlememt Agreement will correct the outstanding development and height non-conformities.

The Advisory Panel to the Mayor on Arts and Beautification requested a line item of $3,000 in the budget for Communities in Bloom and the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce requested $850 to attend a conference.