A look back at what made the news in Sooke years ago.
August 26, 2009
OCP presented to council for input
Two years and $142,300 later, the Official Community Plan for the District of Sooke is almost ready for public input.
When the OCP will be adopted is still up in the air, but council is anxious to get it done.
“The OCP website was updated on June 30 and there is not a reference to having it completed at the end of June,” said Mayor Janet Evans via email.
The OCP committee reviewed the draft document in August and once final changes are made, the copies of the document will be made available to the public via our website and print.
When asked why the review has taken so long, Evan said, “This is a complicated and far-reaching document that impacts every aspect of managing and developing our community, and therefore care and due diligence need to be the main concern when completing and OCP.”
August 25, 2004
Deertrail first mortgage not headed to court
While The Land Conservancy has avoided a date in court, the organization is far from finished in its quest to own the Deertrail property, according to the man who holds the $1.26-million first mortgage.
James Evans and TLC were slated to be before a judge last Thursday to decide ownership of the 63-hectare Sooke River Road property, which is located just past the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park parking lot.
The court date was postponed until Sept. 2 as TLC, which hold the $1.4-million second mortgage, showed enough evidence it has the funds to pay out the first mortgage, said Bill Turner. TLC’s executive director also told the News Mirror Friday that he doesn’t expect to go to court on the first mortgage.
“If we pay off the first mortgage, there is no need to go to court.”
August 25, 1999
Public invited to see fruits of labour
Sooke residents are invited to an open house — or, more appropriately, an “open garden” — next Tuesday.
The open garden is being hosted by members of the Sooke organic garden training project.
The 21-week project began in May and will finish in October. Sixteen Sooke participants in the project are from low income backgrounds, and get to use portions of the plotted land for growing their own organic food.
About 35 per cent of the site’s harvest will be donated to the Sooke Food Bank.
The project, which is still in its first year, should be continuing in the spring.
Next year’s target is for 20 participants.
August 24, 1994
Air service on the horizon
An East Sooke man is hoping he can get a Sooke-based air charter service off the ground this spring.
Mark Piggford is applying to obtain a licence that will allow him to offer float plane flights from Sooke to the Gulf Islands, Vancouver, Washington and up the Island’s west coast.
Piggford said his service would be ideal for travellers leaving the Island to catch international flights at the Vancouver airport, or for those leaving to board cruise ships.
He is also looking to fly people in for fishing charters and adventure tourism, which he said is ideal from a Sooke base.
August 23, 1989
We’re growing fast!
Sooke is the second fastest growing area in the Capital Regional District according to figures released by the CRD.
Sooke’s estimated population increase for 1989 is 4.5 per cent to 8,990 over 1988. The only area with a faster growth is North Saanich with a predicted growth of 5.8 per cent to a total population of 8,520.
Household growth for Sooke this year is estimated at 4.7 percent over last year for a total of 3,210 homes.
The figures are based on building permits and other factors used by statisticians in the CRD’s Regional Information Service.