Council Briefs, Jan 7, 2015

What went on in District of Sooke council chambers at the last meeting

What had to be the shortest council meeting in history took place on December 29, 2014.

Council came together at a special council meeting to consider two issues for the Sooke Community Association.

The first was a Development Variance Permit for the campground at 2259 Phillips Road. The Sooke Community Association was seeking a variance for the front property line for a proposed accessory dwelling unit. They wanted a variance from 7.5 metres to 4.0 metres.

The original dwelling was removed from the property via a demolition permit and the siting did not conform with current bylaws being deemed legally non-conforming.

The campground is approximately nine acres in size and the majority of the site falls within the flood plain of the Sooke River.

Council voted unanimously to issue the Development Variance Permit PLN01118. No public input was received.

The second portion of the meeting dealt with a Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment for property owned by the Sooke Community Association on Phillips Road. The association was seeking removal of a lot from the Sewer Specified Area.

The campground, known as The Flats, is comprised of two fee-simple lots, with the main campground portion zones P1 with no waste-water related infrastructure.

Both of the lots were inadvertently added to the SSA and resulted in two sewer parcel tax notices. The recommendation to remove one of the lots was given first, second and third reading. The council meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.

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