On Monday evening, February 27, 2017, the mayor held a Public Input session at Council Chambers, starting at 6:00 p.m. These sessions give an opportunity for the Sooke public to speak to the mayor on any items that may cause them concern.
This week, two people presented.
Changes to Kemp Lake’s public access
John Brohman noted that the CRD was proposing a boat launch at Kemp Lake. Mr. Brohman has concerns about this, and was asking the District for staff time to help get answers for some of his concerns.
Mr. Brohman noted there were currently two access points to Kemp Lake (Chubb and Milligan Rd), and he would like to see both of these access points retained at their current state. One is currently 20 meters wide, and the CRD is proposing to narrow that to four meters and install picnic tables.
Since Sooke owns one third of the Lake, Mr. Brohman felt that Sooke should have been involved in the consultations.
According to Mayor Tait and Councillors Pearson and Parkinson, who were present at the Public Input session, the District was not consulted. They would look into this.
The CRD discussed the Proposed Kemp Lake Foreshore Access Improvement Plan on January 27, 2017.
“Juan de Fuca Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and JdF Local Area Planning, is proposing to enhance facilities at Kemp Lake off the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Milligan Road foreshore access. This area is a popular site for non-motorized boat launch, fishing and swimming. The proposed plan would provide a dock for boat launches, fishing and swimming as well as improve parking, picnic and washroom facilities.
“A public Open House was held on January 27, 2017 to receive comments and input on the proposed project.
- Foreshore Access Improvement Project Plan (PDF)
- Foreshore Access Improvement Project Questionnaire (PDF)”
48 hour check point permit for developers suspended by staff
Herb Haldane, a developer in Sooke, was told by staff that the 48 hour building permit process, which was adopted by Council in May, 2013, has been put on hold until there could be more staff.
Without this 48-hour checklist, Mr. Haldane said it currently takes up to eight weeks to process a development request.
Mr. Haldane also stated the staff did not have the authority to put anything on hold that had been implemented by Council. That directive should come from Council. Mr. Haldane further requested that Council either reinstate the 48 hour building permit process, or that they rescind it.
He did note, though, that an eight week approval process creates many unknowns for developers (costs, labour availability, jobs, pricing, etc). Currently, there’s a growth opportunity for developers, which hasn’t happened for several years in Sooke. Timeliness is essential.
According to the 2013 Year End report (p18): “Since the 48 hour building permit process has come into affect, planning staff complete their ‘plan checks’ in the same day as the application has been placed on their desk. Staff completed a minimum of 24 plan checks specifically for 48 hour building permits since the adoption of the policy in May 2013.”
Read the full Direction Request presented to Council on May 27, 2013 here.