Sooke neighbours come together in compromise

Business owner works with neighbourhood to get development and variance permits approved by Sooke council

A Sooke neighborhood has gained praise from district council for its ability to work together.

Pure Elements Spa and Hair Salon on Goodmere Road hopes to build a new garden centre and greenhouse to add commercial retail space, but when the plan came before Sooke council a month ago, there were concerns from its residential neighbours over privacy, parking and drainage.

Now, those issues have been solved (for the most part) after Pure Elements owners Gwen and Edwin Fisher went back to their neighbours to find solutions.

Pure Elements sought a development permit and two variances from the district to create a wheelchair accessible outdoor courtyard, storage of rainwater for reuse in the garden centre. The variances are needed for building setback relaxation.

But when neighbours brought their concerns to council. The Fishers went to work to get approval from their neighbours.

The result? Twenty letters of support and one letter in opposition.

Pure Elements reworked its plan with the city by providing privacy screening, adding an additional parking space and alleviating the neighbours concerns over rainwater.

“It’s good to see this all come together. It was a community piece above everything else,” Coun. Ebony Logins said.

Coun. Kevin Pearson took the praise higher.

“This is a good example of when an applicant comes forward and is willing to work with [municipal] staff to come up with a proposal, but also what I heard was goodwill toward the neighbours and that’s really, really important to me.”

“There’s a community spirit out there that’s making this work.”

But while Pure Elements were granted its variances and development permits from council many issues still remain in the town centre over parking and drainage.

Mayor Maja Tait and chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan have been looking at those problems. Sullivan is expected to have a report for council soon.

“Parking is a very big issue in our community and something council must look at in the future to make sure these issues can settle down,” added Logins.

 

Just Posted

Custom motorcycle and wood cutter stolen from Sooke motorcycle shop

2006 Husqvarna motorcycle and 2-ton log splitter taken from outbuilding

Remember Spunky? Santa came out to Sidney to check on him

Red-tailed Hawk made headlines last year after being stolen, raised by eagles

MISSING: 59-year-old Pamela Fletcher

Fletcher was last seen in the area near Royal Jubilee Hospital on Dec. 10

Mainroad South Island reminds drivers to keep them in the loop

Call the hotlines for concerns on local provincial highways

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Woman guilty of impaired driving in death of Vancouver Island pedestrian

Man in his 70s killed in 2016 Courtenay multi-vehicle incident

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read