Zoning Bylaw 600 passes third reading

District of Sooke's new zoning bylaw leaps final hurdle

Councillor Maja Tait

Bylaw 600 passed one more hurdle towards becoming Sooke’s new zoning bylaw at a public hearing on Jan. 15. After two open houses, letters, four meetings over four months and referrals from 22 agencies, District of Sooke council gave the bylaw third reading.

Council made the decision to revamp Bylaw 500 after it came to light that proper due process with the public was not carried out.

During the public hearing a number of residents came forward to express their opinions and concerns in regard to some of the changes to zoning brought about in Bylaw 600.

Opposition to zoning changes to a property on Dufour Road brought a comment from a neighbour. He felt the change from W2 to Marina W3 would impact his quiet enjoyment. The resident stated the bylaw change was “trampling on all our rights from people who have not followed the rules from the beginning.”

Rick Gates gave a lengthy address to council stating that these “tweaks may result in situations that are worse than you’ve got now.” He mentioned conflicting visions between the Official Community Plan and Bylaw 600, as did resident Robert Martin.

Gates mentioned the vision of a small town atmosphere in conflict with projected growth figures.

Gail Hall felt there was nothing in the bylaw that benefitted the community.

“There is a lot of nonsense in the zoning bylaw you did not put there, but did not take out,” said Hall. She thinks council should start over, stating council has got the cart before the horse.

Councillor Kerrie Reay said she was opposed to the rezoning on Dufour and the amalgamation of CTC1 and CTC2 zones and vehicle sales on the south side.

Councillor Maja Tait did not support first and second reading and said she would not support Bylaw 600. She said she was fine with the housekeeping measures but not the material changes.

Mayor Wendal Milne stated this was a “lengthy process and I don’t know what more a committee could have done than we did.”

He said there were things in the bylaw he didn’t agree with.

“People don’t seem to have an interest unless it affects them,” he said. “I see this as a democratic, open process.”

Milne said the OCP was well intentioned and needs a second look.

Council gave third reading to Bylaw 600. Coun. Maja Tait was opposed.

Bylaw 600 will need approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure before it is adopted.

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

Just Posted

The Capital Regional District spent $1.7 million to restore the Todd Creek Trestle. (Sooke News Mirror)
Todd Creek Trestle restoration completed

Restoration work adds 35 to 50 years to life span of the structure

An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed graphic)
Large housing development eyed for Sooke core

Aragon Properties seeks to build 132 housing units

Local New Democrat Zeb King welcomed Premier John Horgan during a brief photo opportunity in Sidney Monday afternoon (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
NDP leader John Horgan predicts party will ‘flip’ Saanich North and the Islands

Incumbent MLA Adam Olsen calls Horgan’s claim ‘bold’

A 23-foot sailboat that broke free from its anchor was smashed against Cattle Point during the early October south-easterly storms. (Ron Geezin Photo)
Storm-smashed boat pulled off rocks of Cattle Point in Oak Bay

Sailboat a casualty of last week’s big storms

West Shore RCMP say a single car crash into a power pole caused a power outage that affected over 1,500 residents in Colwood on Monday morning. (West Shore RCMP)
Vancouver driver cause of power outage in Colwood

Police detain 27-year-old man for impaired driving investigation

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. sees record-breaking daily COVID infections with 499 new cases over weekend

Two people, both in the Lower Mainland, died due to the virus over the weekend

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

(File photo)
RCMP: Two men face charges in reported Parksville fatal hit-and-run

Investigation into man’s death began in August of 2019

OPINION SIG
SOOKE HISTORY: Prince of Wales visited Sooke twice

Royal connections to Lady Emily Walker and Rev. Reginald Walker

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson visits a North Vancouver daycare to announce his party’s election promises for child care, Oct. 9, 2020. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
B.C. parties pitch costly child care programs in pandemic

B.C. Liberals say they’ll deliver on NDP’s $10-a-day promise for lower-income families

Steven Michael Bacon pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder of Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang. (Photos submitted)
Accused pleads not guilty in Nanaimo teen’s 2017 murder

Steven Bacon appeared in Nanaimo court Monday via video link from Thunder Bay

Most Read