Sooke council returns from summer break with busy agenda

Three public hearings and discussions surrounding cell towers and animal services on tap

Three public hearing, discussions of Freedom Mobile’s plan to erect a 50-metre telecommunications tower and the Capital Regional District’s animal control services contract are among the issues councillor will tackle at tonight’s Sooke council meeting.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Harbourside Cohousing, located at 6681 Horne Rd., has applied to the province for a change of use to an existing water lease, which has triggered a rezoning application. It is proposed that the water lease area be rezoned from marina to private wharf to accommodate a change from commercial use to a non-commercial use, a private wharf.

West Wind Harbour Cohousing has initiated a rezoning application at 6603 Sooke Rd. The property is zoned large lot residential and the applicant has requested a comprehensive development zone to allow for a 32-unit seniors’ focused cohousing development, similar to the cohousing development on Horne Road.

The owner of 2088 Charters Road has applied to rezone the property from large lot residential to medium lot residential to create one additional lot.

FREEDOM MOBILE

Council will discuss a report by Cypress Land Services on behalf of Freedom Mobile for a proposed 50-metre telecommunications tower 2614 Otter Point Rd. Freedom Mobile has received both support and non-support for the project.

ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES

District of Sooke staff is recommending to continue with the CRD animal control contract through 2018, despite some concerns. Staff, in a report to council, says they extension would give it more time to discuss that the district has with costs and level of service. The District of Sooke pays $81,438 annually for animal control services.

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