Mayor to start public process on Bylaw 500

Challenges to will lead to adoption of a new bylaw

Council, staff and I have been working on representing the best interests of Sooke, its citizens, landowners and the public over the past year. Part of that work has been looking at development in our community and how to best make it work.

With regard to development, over the past year a number of property owners have come forward indicating that they did not know or did not agree with changes made to their property during the implementation of Zoning Bylaw 500. Council is concerned that a full public process needs to be invoked when dealing with land use changes of this magnitude that affects people’s private property rights.  We believe property owners not having knowledge of the changes in zoning implemented in Bylaw 500 must be remedied. As it currently stands, this leaves Bylaw 500 and actions taken by the District of Sooke subject to challenge, as well as potential financial and legal concerns.

As a result council is going to adopt a new zoning bylaw for Sooke. council and staff are of the opinion that opportunities for improvement exist and as a result have started on a path to adopt a new zoning bylaw. This new zoning bylaw will better reflect zoning for the community, that best protects the interests of the public and accurately represents the direction which Council believes is appropriate for Sooke.

The intent is to maintain most of the content of Zoning Bylaw 500, with changes. We must ensure through proper notification and public processes that everyone is fully aware of the changes and has an opportunity to participate. In this new bylaw we must rationalize Sooke’s land use regulations and implement measures that are fair to landowners and their neighbours while considering the OCP, the Town Centre plans and Residential designations.

It is absolutely essential that the process moves as quickly as possible in order to not unnecessarily delay decisions or actions landowners may wish to take.

Staff, with council’s direction, is working on the new zoning bylaw and the mapping changes that need to be shown on the zoning map.  I see these changes being completed shortly. This together with the first draft of a new zoning bylaw will be posted on our web site as soon as available. The public process will also include two Open Houses.  The first Open House is proposed to be held in November. A public hearing will be held later in 2012 and final adoption will follow with provincial approval in early 2013.

The past few months have been an exciting, and somewhat demanding, time for Council and staff and I want to thanks everyone who participated in the process for their commitment, professionalism and cooperation in working towards in remedying this matter.

Mayor Wendal Milne

Just Posted

The strange case of Jesokah Adkens

All was not what it seemed in Sooke girl’s disappearance 18 years ago

BC business offers ‘clean start’ for people with employment barriers

CleanStart BC is looks to expand its Victoria staff

New roadside testing device can’t identify drug impairment says Vancouver lawyer

Lawyer says similar devices vulnerable to court challenge, testing for drugs different to alcohol

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Young man on Vancouver Island dies after losing control of ATV

Crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Most Read