zoning amendment for 2298 Phillips Road, rezoning the area from Rural (RU2) to Medium Lot Residential (R2). A third reading will be scheduled. This zoning amendment will ultimately allow for a future subdivision to create an estimated 15 lots (see the map below).
The applicant also applied to include the property in the Sewer Specified Area. Noted at the meeting was that a sewer report had not yet been started.
To meet policies in the Official Community Plan (OCP), staff recommend that prior to final adoption of the rezoning, the owner enter into a section 219 covenant with the District of Sooke. The purpose of the covenant would be to secure:
- additional parking within the development,
- a $5,000.00 cash contribution to Sooke’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund,
- a Geotechnical Report, and
- a Parkland dedication.
The draft covenants have been discussed with the applicant and both parties are in agreement with the contents.
Council discussion of the application:
Mayor Tait asked about access, with concerns turning in and out on Phillips. Staff noted sightline improvements have not yet been discussed.
Councillor Reay finds Phillips Rd. to be not too busy, the issue seems to be speeding, with very few drivers keeping to the 30km/hr reading.
Councillor Berger didn’t like seeing the small lots. To her, that means increased density. She was also not comfortable expanding the sewer at this time. The Director of Development Services noted this is a bare land strata, and sizes can go even smaller. The Director of Development Services also noted that Stantec has reviewed this request, and they have no concerns with the sewers going into this lot at this time. Berger said she was looking at the bigger picture. The Sooke sewers currently are at 70% capacity, and at 75% they have to look into sewer expansion.
Councillor Kasper thinks this application is premature. He’s getting tired of these one-ofs that don’t take into account the other residents who have paid for sewer. Sewer capacity is not known. He won’t be supporting the first and second reading.
Councillor Pearson saw two issues. First is including this in the sewer specified area. Pearson will support the rezoning. Staff noted the R2 rezoning necessitates sewer inclusion.
Mayor Tait noted that Sunriver already has different sized lots throughout.
Councillor Berger asked about a study of sewer capacity, and when that would be done. She understood it was in the works. Staff noted the full monitoring $65K report will confirm capacity, what we’re finding now is an — water inundation is so significant this year so we won’t be getting accurate reporting. So water inundation has to be addressed first. Re this: Stantec has looked at it, and they say capacity is sufficient.
Mayor Tait asked if this sewer report had not yet been started. The Director of Development Services confirmed this, but added that the Stantec report gives him comfort.
The motion carried, with Councillor Kasper opposed. A public hearing will be scheduled. The covenant carried unanimously.
Also from the January 15 2018 Regular Council Meeting
- Groundwork being laid for more housing in Sunriver
- Opinion: After a 10 year pay freeze, an increase for municipal politicians is long overdue
- Sooke Council supports private community initiative to appreciate local RCMP
- Habitat for Humanity presents their intent to provide affordable Sooke housing to Council
- Sooke Council orders staff to re-tender the Murray staircase contract