Sooke Council held a Regular meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017.
The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. All were present: Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Brenda Parkinson, Ebony Logins, Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson, Kerrie Reay and Bev Berger.
Third Reading PH-1 pkg of Bylaw No. 670, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-37) – 6717 & 6723 Ayre Road:
Two members of public expressed concerns about parking, property values, and recession planing. Carried
Third Reading PH-2 pkg of Bylaw No. 671, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-38) – 2455 Phillips Road/ 6334 Riverstone Drive.
Berger declared a conflict and left the room. A member of the public asked about the affordable housing contribution for this development. There is none. There used to be 100 homes proposed for this area (townhouses) and the new proposal is for 30-some houses, so there should be an affordability component to this. Answer: There are homes with smaller square footing, so they are considered affordable by the developer. Carried
The 2016 District of Sooke Annual Report was presented.
A member of the public expressed extreme disappointment in both the forum (in the past, it was a stand-alone item with plenty of room for public input) and in Council. Public engagement has been virtually eliminated, especially with the disappearance of Committees in 2016. Information, including past minutes, cannot be found on the new website. Spending is not transparent. The mayor acknowledged that 2016 was a year of change. She thanked staff and council for moving things forward. The Annual Report for 2016 was officially received by Council.
Bylaw No. 673-Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Mandatory Connection Amendment Bylaw (281-3)-June 2017: THAT Council adopt Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Mandatory Connection Amendment Bylaw No. 673 (281-3). Carried.
Bylaw No. 674-Sewer Expansion Reserve Fund Bylaw-June 2017: THAT Council adopt Sewer Expansion Reserve Fund Bylaw No. 674. Carried
Bylaw No. 665 (600-36), Zoning Amendment Bylaw – 665-ZA-6671 Wadams Way May 2017: THAT Council adopt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 665 (600-36). Carried
Bylaw No. 677 (147-33), Sewer Specified Area Expansion – 7053 Maple Park Terrace – Pdf: THAT COUNCIL receive the Petition for Local Area Service for the property located at 7053 Maple Park Terrace; Carried AND THAT COUNCIL give First, Second and Third Readings to Bylaw No. 677, Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment Bylaw (147-33). Three readings moved as a block, Carried.
Reports requiring action
THAT Council receive the proposed strata conversion be approved in principle until the engineering requirements are met, for 6743 West Coast Road. NOT the exact language. Carried.
Motion was made to approach the Ministry of Transportation to explore cost sharing to address the north and south side sections of road and sidewalks from Otter Point to Whiffen Spit. Letters from the mayor will get sent once BC finally settles on a government.
That Council direct staff to transfer $20,000 from the 2017 Rainwater Management Program budget to the 2017 Road and Sidewalk Improvement budget. Carried.
THAT Council approve the letter of support for Mouck Marine Energy Production Ltd, which is included in the June 26, 2017 Report to Council entitled “Letter of Support – Mouck Marine Energy Production Ltd.” Carried.
Refugees Sponsorship Program Letter
Council requested that staff prepare a draft letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in support of Team Sooke/ Juan de Fuca Refugee Sponsorship Committee’s request. See Correspondence from June 12, 2016 Regular meeting of Council and Refugee Sponsorship Program Letter. Some minor modifications will be made to the letter, and then it will be sent. Carried.
Reports for Information
Sunriver Staircase Procurement – Pdf: Report received.
The Committee of the Whole recommends to Council, THAT Freedom Mobile compile and address concerns from the Committee and the community in a package to staff, regarding the proposed telecommunication tower at 2614 Otter Point Road; AND THAT a report be brought forward at a future Regular Council Meeting. Carried
The Committee of the Whole recommends to Council, THAT Freedom Mobile compile and address concerns from the Committee and the community in a package to staff, regarding the proposed telecommunication tower at 5154 Sooke Road; AND THAT a report be brought forward at a future Regular Council Meeting. Carried
RGS Dispute Resolution Process
JdF wanted an equal voice at the table, and that was turned down by the province because they are unincorporated. Hicks does have a one-hour meeting with the mediator. Sooke will appoint Mayor Tait and Kasper as the alternate, along with Howat (from Staff) as the Sooke rep or the RGS non-binding resolution process. Reay was dismayed that the process excluded Hicks. Oak Bay is not participating, and yet their Oak Bay Director is going to be there, at the exclusion of Hicks.
Correspondence re: 6519 Throup Road & 2119 Charters Road Correspondence received June 9, 2017 from L. Monnington Correspondence L. Monnington
A misunderstanding came from past information. It cannot be gravity fed, it must be pumped. Received.
Connie Road will be added for road improvement consideration. Connie Rd is one of the worst roads in Sooke, but there are other equivalents in town that service more people that Connie Rd does. On Connie, we don’t even know what’s under the base. There is a million dollars budgeted for road repairs, which will fix maybe six roads, depending on the roads.
Council and Staff Reports:
Kasper: Attended CRD affordable housing forum, he heard municipal time delays were a constant issue. He hopes the committee being formed takes these things into account.
Parkinson: Attended Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission meeting. All municipalities have problems putting affordable housing into place. It impacts people looking for work. There’s nowhere to live, so people aren’t coming here. Without affordable housing, professionals will not be moving to our region.
CAO: Taxes are due on Tuesday, and they are open until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday night.
Good night all!