Sooke library land set for rezoning

The property must be rezoned from residentialto mixed use residential before construction begins

A new public library took another step forward this week when Sooke council introduced a rezoning bylaw for a piece of property on Wadams Way.

The property, owned by the district and located between Anna Marie and Townsend roads, must be rezoned from residential to mixed use residential before construction begins. A public hearing is expected in May.

A new library for Sooke has been years in the making, but not without controversy. The Vancouver Island Library board jumped around several locations before settling on Wadams Way last March.

The Wadams Way library will replace VIRL’s current location on Anna Marie Road. The new facility will have more than 13,000 square feet of space and expected to be completed by late fall 2018.

VIRL will host a public consultation on the project this Tuesday. The meeting will include presentations from library staff and architects. The public will also be asked to contribute their ideas.

The meeting at Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Sheilds Rd., begins at 6:30 p.m.

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