Here’s what on the agenda for the next District of Sooke Council meeting, to be held on Monday, January 28, 2019. They begin with an in-camera meeting at 6:00 p.m., and open to the public at 7:00 p.m.
Items to be discussed include Lot A Charrette, Cannabis retail regulations, a delegation from BC Transit, Temporary Use Permits (final approval), a Freedom Mobility cell tower, a variance permit for 7214 Austin’s Place, a Green Team partnership, a memorial plaque for Cam Sullivan, emergency preparedness funding, council remuneration, their Strategic Plan, the OCP, and sponsoring the annual Car Show.
Near the beginning of the meeting is a public input section, at which point members of the public can address council for up to two minutes on any item on the agenda.
Council will begin by considering the recommendations from January 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting, which involved the Lot A Charrette and the Cannabis regulations.
Lot A Charrette recommendations:
- THAT Council receive the Lot A Charrette presentation from Keycorp Planning for Information;
- AND THAT Council endorse the general concept plan as presented and direct staff and Keycorp Planning to forward the project for further public feedback and final review.
- THAT Council direct staff to hire an arborist to walk the Lot A property and identify trees for preservation
Cannabis retail recommendations:
- THAT Council accept the Cannabis Retail Stores – Proposed Application Process and Regulations report for information
- THAT Council place a moratorium on Retail Cannabis stores within the District of Sooke, to three (3) [stores].
- THAT Council direct staff to prepare the necessary bylaws and/or policies pertaining to the regulation of and application process for Cannabis Retail Stores modeled on Option 2 of the report, with the following specifications:
- “Cannabis Retail Store” definition added to Zoning Bylaw, excluded from general “retail” definition;
- Permitted use in 2 zones: C2 General Commercial & CTC Town Centre Mixed Use;
- Minimum separation distance from school properties: 300 metres;
- No minimum separation distance from parks with playgrounds, licensed daycares, and community facilities;
- Minimum separation distance from other cannabis retail stores: 300 meters (exemption in Town Centre);
- Size limit of 464 square metres;
- No restriction on hours.
Delegation: BC Transit, by Adriana McMullen
- Sooke Local Area Transit Plan – upcoming workshop
- Update re: public consultation events
Bylaw considered for adoption, have passed all readings and all public hearings: Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 726 (600-67), 2018 (General Regulations to allow Temporary Use Permits in the Gatewood Residential designation area.) with a proposed recommendation that Council adopt the bylaw cited as Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 726 (600-67), 2018.
Report requiring action, 5154 Sooke Rd – Freedom Mobile Telecommunication Tower and a Petition, with a proposed recommendation that Council recommend that a letter of concurrence or non-concurrence be issued to Freedom Mobile and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada for the proposed telecommunications tower at 5154 Sooke Rd.
Development Variance Permit for 7214 Austins Place, and this correspondence, with a proposed recommendation that Council authorize the issuance of Development Variance Permit PLN01416 to reduce the side lot line setback in the Rural Residential (RU4) zone s.104.7 in Bylaw No. 600 Sooke Zoning Bylaw, 2013 from 3 meters to 1.5 meters for an accessory building at 7214 Austins Place.
Program proposal from the Greater Victoria Green Team that Council authorize staff to enter into an agreement with the Greater Victoria Green Team to organize three (3) park clean-up events at $1,000 each from the Community Clean Up Parks budget for the 2019 year; AND that Council authorize staff to work with the Greater Victoria Green Team, partnering them with other volunteer organizations in Sooke to coordinate these activities in the District’s parks.
Memorial Plaque for Cam Sullivan, with a proposed recommendation that Council direct staff to install a memorial plaque in honour of Cam Sullivan at 2205 Otter Point Road; and that Council allocate up to $500 from Council Contingency to pay for it.
Fund Application, UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness for Emergency Operations Centre & Training, with a proposed recommendation that Council endorse the funding application for $25,000 to support the District of Sooke’s Emergency Operations Centre Training, Supplies and Equipment Upgrades project. And, that Council authorize staff to provide overall grant management in order to receive this funding.
Council Remuneration Options, with a proposed recommendation that Council approve a 15% increase for 2019 plus a 1.5% increase each year following (option 1) for Council remuneration; and that Council direct staff to draft a new Council Remuneration and Benefits Bylaw, to reflect these changes.
Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022: Request for Proposals (Report to be provided at time of meeting)
Official Community Plan Pre-Approval, with a proposed recommendation that Council authorize staff to issue a Request for Proposal for a new Official Community Plan (OCP).
Sponsorship request: Sooke Car Show
Correspondence January 8, 2019 – January 23, 2019
If you’re planning to attend, dress warmly. It gets cold in there. You can also watch from home, here.