Second public hearing set for Sooke development proposal

Proposal first rejected at May 28 council meeting

A second public hearing is scheduled for a developer, who hopes to rezone an area near Maple Park Terrace.

The proposal was first rejected at the May 28 council meeting, but Sooke mayor Maja Tait brought it back for reconsideration.

The council agreed that it could not move forward with the proposal until certain concerns from the developer were addressed.

“This is exactly the outcome I expected,” said Michael Volk, the developer of View Pointe Estates, located at Maple Park Terrace.

“If I could have stood up there and told council that I have already addressed those issues I would have, but they can’t consider any new information unless there is another public hearing.”

The next public hearing is scheduled for July 23, where the public can voice their opinion or concerns with the development.

RELATED: Developer seeks second public hearing for Sooke housing plan

The area was previously zoned for development made up of approximately 400 units, but the View Pointe Estates developer bought the land and is proposing reducing the number of lots to 137, and increase parkland.

The plan also includes installing trail corridors, nature viewing areas, a playground and picnic area, and parking for visitors. The developer has agreed to maintain the park for the first five years after it’s installed.

At the first public hearing, some residents who live in the Maple Park Terrace area felt snubbed because the previous developer had not followed through on a promise to hook up houses to the municipal sewer system.

But Volk promised to put a pressure line in for the residents to get hooked up to the system.

There were also some concerns with traffic, affordability and parking, but Volk said those things will not be an issue because the new development will have less density than the last zoning, lots of parking and options for affordable housing.

He does not plan to make any major changes to the proposal before bringing it to the next public hearing, other than letters of approval from residents in the area.

“This proposal is well thought out, and everybody loves it,” Volk said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Just Posted

Sooke council green lights funds for sculpture

A local group is chipping away at raising funds to build a… Continue reading

Get ready for the 39th annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Up to 9,000 particpants are anticipated for this year’s three-day race weekend

Impaired driver crashes into Victoria police vehicle, injures officer

Cook Street collision occured in the early morning hours of Tuesday

SOOKE HISTORY: Fishing evolves at foot of Maple Ave.

Fishboat activity at the foot of Maple Avenue has varied greatly over… Continue reading

Plaque that replaced Macdonald statue at Victoria city hall vandalized

Less than 24 hours after plaque was installed, an ‘X’ had been scratched through the centre

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Most Read