A look back at what made the news in Sooke over the years.
April 15, 2009
Construction turn-around not expected until 2011
Greater Victoria had a jaw-dropping month-to-month growth in the value of building permits but a marked slump in the number of new homes being built.
At first blush, the two sets of construction figures released this week paint a contradictory picture of how the economic downturn is playing out here.
The explanation is that the staggering 270 per cent jump in the value of building permits issued in February came from a single mega-project.
April 14, 2004
Sooke receives another grant: $1.9 million for Highway 14 upgrades
The District of Sooke shot and scored. Three times.
Thursday morning, David Anderson, federal minister of the Environment and senior minister for BC, announced Sooke will receive $1.9 million for upgrades to two kilometres of Highway 14 though the community core from just west of Atherley Close to Charters Road. It is the third grant the municipality has netted under the Canada-BC Infrastructure program in the past year. Sooke also received $11.6 million last May for the community sewer project and $1.9 million last month to build part of a parallel route to highway 14. All three were applied for in 2001.
April 14, 1999
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April 13, 1994
Incorporation bid scrapped
The Minister of Municipal Affairs has put the final nail in the coffin of the latest Sooke incorporation effort.
Calling the Feb. 23 CRD decision to withdraw completely from the study “unprecedented,” Darlene Marzari announced Thursday that no more money will be made available for the Sooke Incorporation Restructuring Committee (SIRC).
“The incorporation study process has become too polarized to continue, and should be temporarily discontinued,” she said. “I think a cooling off period is in order.”
SIRC formed in December of 1992 to examine whether Sooke would benefit from incorporating as a municipality with its own mayor and council.
Sooke is currently governed by the CRD.
April 12, 1989
Sooke soil not good for septic systems
Most of the soil types found in Sooke are not supportive of adequate septic systems, says the CRD water quality report, and it suggests that further studies are necessary to determine whether restrictions on future development should be imposed.
The report revealed that of 11 different soil types in the area, 10 were in the “potentially troublesome” category. This does not mean that every septic tank absorbtion field in the area is likely to create problems, but it did indicate that the soil had general characteristics that could cause problems.
The report warned that increased development and further subdivision “could result in significant sublateral flow to the water.”