In a nutshell, with Councillors Batemen and McMath opposed (they wanted to allow just another five weeks for documentation), Sooke Council ultimately denied the application from Driver’s Welding for a temporary use permit.
As the mayor noted, in upholding the staff recommendation to refuse the application, “this is it.”
From the attached staff report, ” If Council upholds the recommendation to refuse the application, then enforcement would ensue.”
Many Councillors felt that previous council actions of “booting it down the road” for an unacceptable length of time had created this mess. While all agreed that the business provided a great service to the District, their job is to follow the rules and seek compliance. Bateman and McMath wanted to kick it down the road just a little bit longer. The CAO noted that a meeting with the business owner in early August already indicated that the documentation that Bateman and McMath were hoping for would not be forthcoming.
It was a clearly tough decision, with long and heartfelt presentations on both sides of the matter. Neighbours wanted to see compliance; employees and the business owner(s) wanted to see the temporary use permit that would allow their jobs and livelihood to continue.
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