The regular council meeting of July 22 had the following items on the agenda.
Council authorized a Development Variance Permit to vary Bylaw 600 for 1000 Silver Spray Drive to reduce the minimum width of an access strip of four proposed panhandle lots from 20 metres each to three metres for the purposes of subdivision. The access strip will function as a common road for the lots.
Bylaw 574, West Coast Road Closure and Disposal Bylaw, 2013.
Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw 574. This will allow the closure and exchange of an unused gazetted road discovered on the property at 7707 West Coast Road. The road was planned (in 1922) as a connection to West Coast Road but was never used.
Council gave first, second and third reading to Bylaw 576, which will allow the Approving Officer the power to exempt a parcel (except panhandle lots) from the statutory minimum frontage required under section 944(1) of the Local Government Act and the minimum frontage established by bylaw providing the minimum frontage is not reduced by more than 10 per cent of the amount state din the bylaw.
Bylaw 577, Zoning Amendment Bylaw, Amendment to Knox Centre Comprehensive Zone. Council gave first and second reading to this bylaw and scheduled a Public Hearing to modify Covenant CA2524734. The applicants of Knox Centre want to include more principal uses for 2096 Church Road (CD11). The principal use was housing and the applicants want to include such options as office, personal services, restaurant, retail, etc.
Coun. Kasper said the principal use was housing and other uses were to be “accessory uses” and the result could be commercial without commercial zoning.
“This is what happens when reality hits,” said Coun. Herb Haldane. He said the reality is that the project is not financially viable the way it was originally planned.
Bylaw 578, Zoning Amendment Bylaw. Council gave first and second reading to this bylaw and scheduled a public hearing. The amendment is for 6669 Horne Road – Harbourside Cohousing Comprehensive Development Zone. The applicant is looking to build 31 strata choosing units for seniors on two acres of ocean front property. The applicant is requesting a change from R1 Large Lot Residential to CD Comprehensive Development Zone. They want to renegotiate the Section 219 Covenant as some parts of the agreement were too expensive for the group to finance. Staff will negotiate with the applicants.
Council authorized staff to offset development fees for the Hope Centre to be located at 6750 West Coast Road. The Hope Centre will provide affordable housing in the community. Based on preliminary figures, the fees would amount to $56,501.13.
The next scheduled council meeting is on August 12, 7 p.m. at the municipal hall.
See District of Sooke road network announcement on page 24 of the Sooke News Mirror, July 31 issue.