Public boat launch construction halted

Work has ground to a halt on the public boat launch on the property adjacent to the Prestige Hotel.

CAO Evan Parliament

CAO Evan Parliament

Work has ground to a halt on the public boat launch on the property adjacent to the Prestige Hotel.

It appears all of the necessary referrals were not received before work began on the construction of the $1.6 million boat launch, dock and float.

An application process, which began in November, 2010, for a foreshore lease has not yet been granted from the provincial Integrated Land management Bureau (ILMB) under the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.

The senior land officer for the coast operations division of the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, Doug Berry, stated in an email to Councillor Herb Haldane, that the province cannot authorize any work on Crown land/foreshore unless a land tenure has been issued/signed by the province.

In response District of Sooke CAO Evan Parliament said it was “quite a complex and convoluted process” and there were two processes at work — the federal Department of Fisheries and Ocean and the province.

The province has a referral process and one of the key referrals has to come from the First Nations in regard to Crown land or water.

“The District of Sooke consulted with the T’Sou-ke and got a letter of support and we were told we need the approval of Beecher Bay because of the Douglas Treaty. That process can take a long time,” said Parliament. He said they weren’t aware that they needed to consult with the Beecher Bay First Nation.

“Had we known this the rock work would have waited,” he stated.

“When we first heard this we went to Beecher Bay and Chief Russell Chips said that if T’Sou-ke supports it — we support it.”

Parliament said the issue is complicated by the fact that the bands are currently in treaty negotiations.

The rock fill into the harbour took place because the DFO gave the district a fish window which has a deadline of February 15, 2011.

“The contractor was simply trying to meet the DFO “fish window” deadline,” said Parliament.

In order to cooperate with the ILMB, Parliament authorized the boat launch contractor to cease operation until the tenure is granted.

Meanwhile neighbouring Jock’s Dock, has or will apply for a revised tenure license because they encroach on the district’s foreshore lease area. Both the district and Jock’s have agreed on any access and encroachment issues, said Parliament.

The federal grant, which the district obtained to build the boat launch, had a March 31, 2011 deadline for completion of the work and this has been extended to October 2011.

The problem Haldane said he had with this is that, “developers are expected to play by the rules and the district is doing stuff without permission.”

The $1.6 million public boat launch being built next to the Prestige Hotel site is funded by a $605,768 federal government grant, $200,000 along with a $500,000 “in-kind” contribution from Prestige and $300,000 from the District of Sooke.

Just Posted

Kenny Podmore, here seen at Sidney’s cenotaph in November, says he feels for the veterans after organizers had to cancel an event acknowledging Victory in Europe (VE) Day for the second time in as many years because of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich event marking 75th anniversary of VE-Day cancelled

Sidney resident first planned event for May 9, 2020 moved to May 8 before being cancelled

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to bring their unwanted electronics to Tillicum Centre May 14 to be shredded, recycled or donated. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria residents can shred, donate electronics safely

Vancouver Island Better Business Bureau hosts event May 14 at Tillicum Centre

Scheduling popular summer events like the Canada Day celebrations is difficult due to the pandemic. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke summer events schedule clouded by COVID

Public health guidelines hamper plans

The District of Sooke is looking at new plans to build a fenced dog park at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)
Sooke seeks input on dog park

Public comment welcomed until June 4

Potatoes have two genetic centre of origins, one from the lowlands in Chile and the other from the highlands in Bolivia. The highlands potatoes flower and produce fruit profusely, which is where the seeds come from. They contribute to exciting and ecologically imporant genetic diversity of potatoes. (Submitted/Fiona Hamersley Chambers)
Metchosin farmer shares how to invent a new potato

Using seeds anyone can name their own variety

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Astra Zeneca vaccine waits for injection in a Feb. 3, 2021 file photo. A Langley man has become the second B.C. resident to suffer a blood clot following an injection. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
B.C. man required emergency surgery after AstraZeneca vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon suffered ‘massive blood clot’ after jab

Chilliwack’s Kile Brown, performing as drag queen Hailey Adler, dances and lip syncs in front of hundreds of people during the inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Aug. 24, 2019. Monday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 16 to 22

International Day Against Homophobia, Talk Like Yoda Day, Sea Monkey Day all coming up this week

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
MISSING: Salt Spring RCMP find woman’s car, still seek Island resident

Sinikka Gay Elliott is 5’3” with a slim build and dark brown short hair

Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)
Wolf: Parksville’s Tagen Marshall inspires others, aims to invest in himself

VIU honour student with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy seeks help achieving big dreams

A Saanich man received almost 10 years in Supreme Court in Courtenay for a shooting incident from 2018. Record file photo
Shooting incident on Island nets almost 10-year sentence

Saanich man was arrested without incident north of Courtenay in 2018

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Most Read