This is an open letter to Sooke Mayor and Council.
How will we ever realize our pedestrian friendly Waterfront town with staff and public officials continuing to working against it?
Mayor Tait and Council, as a property owner in the town center, I am contacting you with concern regarding the District of Sooke’s rezoning application at 6671 Wadams Way for the proposed new library.
This is an excerpt from the application.
Development Services Regular Council – April 24, 2017 File No. 3220 PLN01308
“Rezoning this property to CTC will position the District of Sooke for many opportunities to redevelop and energize the north end of the Town Centre.”
It appears the District will be undermining their own downtown plan by trying to direct development to the NORTH end of town because it now owns property in the area.
Below is the main recommendation of Sooke’s downtown plan.
“LAND USE RECOMMENDATIONS
“The fundamental guiding recommendation of this Town Centre Plan is to transform the area SOUTH of Sooke Road and develop around a new ‘main street’ (Waterview Street) that will visually and physically link Sooke Road to the waterfront.“
Certainly this is not a level playing field and taxpayers like myself and others are being affected. I recently underwent a rezoning on my property to CTC. It took over a year and had substantial costs associated with it. Now, the District of Sooke is trying to rezone 6671 Wadams Way at taxpayers expense to compete with the public, with total disregard for the Downtown plan.
The last time they did this, a property was rezoned to accommodate a hotel outside of the town center. Totally ignoring the plan that we-the-public paid over $100,000 for, with disastrous results. The development of the waterfront town center has been dormant since.
Are we not supposed to learn from our mistakes?
No one can compete with the District if they can continue to purchase cheap land, knowing they can rezone it at will. A rezone to CTC is inappropriate and just plain bad planning. Competing with the taxpayers for commercial and high density residential is detrimental to our town.
This property was purchased by the District of Sooke for the people of Sooke, not for profit.
The potential Library set to be built on this property needs only an institutional zoning (P2), which would also allow for a hospital/medical center and senior’s center or affordable housing that would continue benefit this community.