–photos and details submitted by the District of Sooke
Attached are some photo’s from the Charrette workshops, including the walking tour of Lot A.
Stakeholder meetings which started on December 6 were held on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
About 25 participants attended each of the three the stakeholder workshops each of the three days (often the same organizational reps attended each day, with just a few exceptions). Approximately 45 public attendees on the Public session on Saturday.
According to District planner Ivy Campbell, “a lot of great input [was] provided.”
Elected officials attending the workshops were:
- Councillor Tony St. Pierre
- Councillor Ebony Logins
- Councillor Jeff Bateman
- Councillor Brenda Parkinson
- Councillor Al Beddows
Mayor Maja Tait attended the first evening, to kick off the Charrette.
A Charrette combines creative, intense working sessions with public workshops and open houses. Design Charrette is a collaborate planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create a master plan that represents transformative community change.
This District of Sooke is working in partnership with Keycorp Planning and Stantec to engage the community to decide what will be done with the remainder of Lot A (6671 Wadams Way).
The consultant will work with staff to refine the concepts, which will then be presented to Committee of the Whole in January for additional feedback from Council. Another round of public consultation will then be held, and then a refined report will go to Council with final recommendations.
Information gathered in this Charrette process will also be used to partially inform the Official Community Plan (OCP) refresh and a new town centre plan, along with concerns and ideas about the rest of the town centre and Sooke in general. Comments from the feedback boards will be categorized and logged for future reference as the District moves forward.
The District has also launched the refresh of both the Transportation Master Plan and the Parks and Trails Master Plan (in partnership with Urban Systems). Both of which will begin public engagement early in the new year.