Council Briefs – July 2

Recapping what went on in council chambers at the June 23 meeting

  • Jul. 2, 2014 8:00 p.m.

A brief recap of some of the items on the agenda of the June 23 District of Sooke regular council meeting.

Public Input and Information

• Council unanimously voted in favour of issuing a Development Variance Permit and a Development Permit  to 6669 Horne Road (Harbourside Cohousing). The applicants are looking to build 32 multi-family dwellings on the .8 hectare property. The development will have one 13-unit three-story apartment building, three one-story duplexes, three two-story duplexes and one secondary suite in the common house. The low rise apartment and duplexes are designed to provide an attractive transition to higher density and respect the views to the harbour.

Bylaws

• Council adopted Bylaw 590, Sooke Town Centre Revitalization Amendment. The bylaw is to amend Bylaw 408 for the purpose of permitting Built Green© buildings and construction types that would, in addition to LEED©, be eligible for property value tax exemptions, reduced building fees and reduced DCCs.

• Council adopted Bylaw 591, to amend the fees for launching a boat and parking at the District of Sooke Public Boat Launch facility. Council will allow the operator to collect $10 fees for launching which includes parking. Sooke residents can purchase a 12-month boat launch permit for $60, the cost for non-residents is $120.  Parking in the boat launch sites will be $2 hourly, if no boat is launched, and $10 for 24-hours. Council will re-visit the contract with the operator at the end of one year.

• Bylaw 598, OCP Amendment Bylaw – Town Centre Design Guidelines

Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw 598. A public hearing will be held.

The bylaw will strengthen the policy statements regarding a “West Coast” theme for the town centre and rewrite Development Permit Area for the town centre to include more guidelines around architectural details, storefront design and building materials. Staff is also presenting a draft illustrative design handbook which can be given to potential developers. While this would be a voluntary, Mayor Wendal Milne and Councillor Maja Tait felt there should be some mandatory aspects as well. Council will look into incentive programs for both new builds and renovations to existing buildings.

Reports

• Council granted funding of $1,000 to the Sooke Region Historical Society for their Water Flow Line project.

• Council gave a Site Specific Floodplain Exemption to property at 2896 Sooke River Road.

• Council authorized a municipal loan authorization and electoral approval process for long-term borrowing for the proposed Sooke Community Centre. Staff will continue to work with the Sooke Region CHI to determine a location and preliminary design plans.

Councillor Herb Haldane said the district should be looking at existing buildings and renovating them.

“I really don’t think we can afford a seniors’ centre and get value out of it,” said Haldane.

He said the district could work with the Legion and turn that building into a Taj Mahal.

Coun. Bev Berger agreed with Haldane’s sentiments in looking at what we already have in Sooke.

• Council adopted a Tribute Bench Policy for municipal park and trails and a conceptual design of the memorial/tribute area on Whiffin Spit.

 

The next District of Sooke council meeting takes place on July 14.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Carmen Robinson was last seen getting off a bus in View Royal the evening of Dec. 8, 1973. Her case remains unsolved 47 years later. (Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Gone cold: Fate of View Royal teen remains a mystery, 47 years after her disappearance

Carmen Robinson, 17, was last seen exiting a bus in View Royal in December 1973

Parkland Secondary principal Lizanne Chicanot stands by the track which is the subject of a fundraising effort. The 35-year-old track is well beyond its best-before date. (Jason Earnshaw/Submitted)
Fundraising campaign to replace North Saanich track off to the races

Track at Parkland Secondary School ‘well, well beyond its best-before date’

The Sooke Santa Run will feature their youngest members as Santas, an annual tradition for the firefighters in Sooke, East Sooke, Shirley and Otter Point. The drive-by event takes place throughout the Sooke neighbourhood on Dec. 12. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
No one outside fire hall allowed to help volunteer for Sooke Santa Run

Drive-by event takes place on Dec. 12, with goal to raise $15,000

The Sooke School District is actively looking for more bus drivers after they had to cancel a handful of bus routes in late November. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bus driver shortage cancels routes in Sooke School District

More drivers needed to accomodate expanding bus routes amid pandemic

Penny Hart is calling on the community to help find her son Sean Hart who was last seen on Nov. 6 at a health institution in Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Search spreads for Saanich man missing from mental health facility for nearly a month

Family hopeful as possible sightings reported across Island and in Vancouver

(AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
POLL: Has COVID-19 changed your plans for the holidays?

The lights are going up, the stacks of presents under the tree… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 1

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation at the legislature, Nov. 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Hockey team brought COVID-19 back from Alberta, B.C. doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads for out-of-province travel to stop

B.C. Premier John Horgan on a conference call with religious leaders from his B.C. legislature office, Nov. 18, 2020, informing them in-person church services are off until further notice. (B.C. government)
B.C. tourism relief coming soon, Premier John Horgan says

Industry leaders to report on their urgent needs next week

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)
Natalie MacMaster coming to you through Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Here’s your chance to enjoy the famed fiddler in an online show with her husband Donnell Leahy.

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
B.C. Mountie, suspect airlifted by Canadian Armed Forces from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

An 18-year old male southern resident killer whale, J34, is stranded near Sechelt in 2016. A postmortem examination suggests he died from trauma consistent with a vessel strike. (Photo supplied by Paul Cottrell, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
“We can do better” — humans the leading cause of orca deaths: study

B.C. research reveals multitude of human and environmental threats affecting killer whales

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

Most Read