The District of Sooke has embarked on a process to help shape the future of parks, trails and transportation in Sooke, and is looking for public input to complete the project.
At the Jan. 14 meeting of district council, councillors were presented with details surrounding the launch of both the parks and trails master plan and the transportation master plan.
The transportation plan, said the report, will address the current challenges facing transportation within the community, including opportunities to enhance transportation networks and emphasize more active modes of getting around, including bikes, walking, public transit and other “non-motorized wheeled vehicles”.
In a parallel effort, the report said that the district will also update the trails plan to prepare for future outdoor recreation demands and guide the upgrading and expansion of the parks and trails system.
In an effort to garner input from residents and assist in developing a vision and options relevant to the plan, staff and councillors will host a series of open houses and community workshops.
The first of these events will take place on Jan. 30 at Edward Milne Community School between 4 and 8 p.m.
A second session will be held at SEAPARC on Feb. 3 between 2 and 6 p.m.
For those who are unable to attend the sessions, the district has made it possible for residents to register their thoughts online. Those who wish to comment on the transportation master plan can enter a survey at www.sooke.ca/municipal-hall/plans-reports/district-plans/transportation-master-plan/ and, for parks and trails input, www.sooke.ca/municipal-hall/plans-reports/district-plans/parks-and-trails-master-plan/.
The process will continue throughout the year with a report slated to go to council next fall with final adoption planned for the latter part of the year.
“This is all happening at the same time as we start the process for the revision of our official community plan, and it will form an important part of creating that OCP,” said Mayor Maja Tait.
“It’s an exciting process and I look forward to hearing the input from community residents.”
For more information or further inquiries on the transportation master plan, please email email@example.com.