Water, or lack of it, on council agenda

Residents in Otter Point concerned with water supply

A special council meeting was held on Monday, January 6 to deal with unfinished business.

A number of violations in regard to building permits, issued to Sooke Prestige Hotel, had been noted by Sooke’s building inspectors. On the agenda at the November 25 council meeting was the recommendation to direct the corporate officer to file a notice in the Victoria Land Title office. An Occupancy Permit had not been issued by the District of Sooke.

The building inspectors found issues with incorrect addressing on schedules and schedules omitting the penthouse, as well as fire suppression systems, mechanical and plumbing. Basically it came down to inadequate sign off in those areas.

At the January 6 meeting it was noted that all the bylaw violations had been dealt with and the district was satisfied that all of the permits were now in order.

A Development Varianace Permit for 2680 Otter Point Road was tabled while council seeks more information on the issue of water supply and infrastructure. The DVP was brought before council for reconsideration  by Mayor Wendal Milne after it has not been approved by council at the December 9, 2013 meeting.

The proponent was looking to build another home and was seeking a variance to the water servicing standards, specifically a well rather than connecting to the municipal water supply provided through the Capital Regional District Water Service.

Neighbours of the proponent were on hand to talk to council about their issues with water, or lack of  it, in the area.

The neighbours were concerned that any further consumption of water would cripple the water source of the downstream properties.

Randy Clarkston, speaking for the applicant, stated that there would be no added pressure on surface water if another residence was added.

The nearby residents disagreed with this statement. The proponent did not want to drill another deep well.

R. Low said one of the saddest things is that the CRD has been making promises of hooking them up to municipal water for years and they still have to purchase water when their well runs dry. The aquifer which supplies water to the area is not re-charging at a rate where everyone has sufficient water. He said they pay taxes thereby subsidizing CRD water and they still have to pay for trucked-in water. He wants to see the district and CRD step up to the plate and   get the homes onto the municipal water supply.

At issue as well is the water supplier who will be charging customers more for the water they deliver. The CRD has constructed three new water dispensing stations and disallowing water suppliers to use fire hydrants as dispensing stations, which is prohibited. The bulk water carriers would require a permit to purchase water from the new dispensing stations. The dispensing stations are now in Langford, Sooke with the East Sooke station to be completed this year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kathy MacNeil, president and chief executive officer of Island Health, Dawn Thomas, acting deputy health minister and Island Health’s vice president, Indigenous health and diversity and Chief Don Tom of Tsartlip First Nation, stand out Saanich Peninsula Hospital Tuesday morning, when they also answered questions about a new report that “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in the provincial health care system. (Island Health/Submitted)
Head of Island Health says Saanich Peninsula Hospital not part of racist guessing game

Tsartlip First Nations Chief Don Tom welcomes changes following report but promises future scrutiny

Caroline Sousa, Bela Spick and her son Mateo marched along Prospect Lake Road in November 2019 to bring attention to the unsafe conditions on the road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich reduces Prospect Lake Road speed limit to 30 km/h

New speed limit in effect as of Dec. 1 from Goward Road to Estelline Road

Royal Bay Secondary’s leadership class, comprised of Grade 9 through 12 students, is part of the student team organizing this year’s 10,000 Tonight event that shifts entirely online for 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
West Shore student food drive shifts entirely online

Drive-thru option removed from 10,000 Tonight in light of COVID-19 restrictions

Colwood resident, Geoffrey Irwin, has been missing since Sep. 27. His vehicle was found in Vancouver on Nov. 25. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Police search for Colwood man last seen in September

Geoffrey Irwin’s vehicle was found in Vancouver Nov. 25

BC Transit confirmed on Dec. 1 that a Langford employee has tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
Langford transit worker tests positive for COVID-19

Island Health is conducting contact tracing for the case

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

Dave Wallace coached the Parksville Royals for 23 years. (PQB News file photo)
B.C. baseball community mourns death of legendary Vancouver Island coach Dave Wallace

‘All who knew Dave and his passion for the game will miss him greatly’

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Tabor Home in Abbotsford. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
B.C.’s largest COVID-19 care-home outbreak records 19 deaths, 147 cases

Tabor Home in Abbotsford has been battling outbreak since Nov. 4

Most Read