Council keen to support environmental recommendations in tonight’s Committee for the Whole
Wendy O’Connor from Zero Waste Sooke gave a presentation to Council. The results from their Zero Waste working group resulted in three recommendations:
- That the District consider legislation implementing a ban on single-use plastic check-out bags at retail outlets
- That the District consider installing water fountains at various locations throughout Sooke
- That the District take a leading role in implementing a Resource Recovery Centre
Council seemed generally in favour of all of their recommendations. An eloquent and passionate statement of support came from Councillor Kevin Pearson, who noted (among other things) that “We as consumers have an obligation” to vote with our feet.
Regular Council Meeting highlights
Mayor Tait was formally presented with a paddle from the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps.
Past minutes from July 11, August 3 and August 29 were adopted; and the minutes from SPA (July 27 and August 31) and Parks and Trails were received.
- July 11, 2016 Regular Council Minutes
- August 3, 2016 Special Council Minutes
- August 29, 2016 Special Council Minutes
- SPA Minutes July 27, 2016
- SPA Minutes August 31, 2016
- Parks and Trails Advisory Committee Minutes Sept 6, 2016
Whiffen Spit usage and event fees
A delegation presentation was made by MD requesting two things. First, she asked that Council waive the $500 fee for the use of Whiffen Spit for the next two pet food fundraising purposes. Second, she asked for allowances of specific times to allow for leash free dogs on the Spit. Her Delegation Request is available here.
Mayor Tait noted that dogs could already be off-leash provided they were kept in control by their owners. Councillor Parkinson observed that park access was limited to between sunrise and sunset, and that there is a range of wildlife in that area.
The motion to waive the fees carried, with Parkinson opposed.
Zoning Amendments and Bylaws
Third readings of two public hearings carried:
- PH-1 pkg Bylaw No. 636, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-24) – 7125 Grant Road W.
- PH-2 pkg Bylaw No. 646, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-31) – 7021 Grant Road W.
The following bylaws carried:
- B-1 Bylaw No. 643, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-29) – 7135 Grant Rd Staff Report
- B-2 Bylaw No. 649, Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment Bylaw (147-28) – 7047 Maple Park Terrace & Bylaw No. 650, Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment Bylaw (147-29) – 7048 Maple Park Terrace Staff Report
- B-3 Bylaw No. 651, Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment Bylaw (147-30) – 7048 Maple Park Terrace Staff Report
- B-4 Bylaw No. 652, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-34)- 6557 Clairview Road Staff Report
Some discussion followed the final bylaw amendment, which was a request for a two-story four-plex. This related to an earlier directive from council to staff to streamline development permits; council was still awaiting this report. Council passed a motion for a bylaw to allow for a direct exemption of staff to approve development permits consisting of up to four units. This would be addressed in greater detail with the current consultation ongoing for the official community plan.
Parks and Trails Advisory Committee made three recommendations
This Advisory Committee gave three recommendations:
- Investigate and cost a possible pedestrian bridge from Sunriver to the Demamial Golf Course area, providing for better foot access to the schools and recreation in that area
- Consider revisiting the sidewalk along Sooke River Road, as the “real” usage is along the street, and the path that goes behind the horse shoe pit is rather steep and can impact usability
- Enhance pedestrian and cyclist connectivity throughout Sooke by including paths in any new land use planning.
The exact language of the recommendations were modified by Council, and the report was received.
Other Sundry Stuff
District Art to be Digitized
After some debate as to whether or not it had been costed, a motion was mode to digitize (photograph) the approximated 148 pieces of art at the District, for an amount of up to $3,000. These funds would be taken from Contingency. Here is the Committee’s Recommendation
Sunriver Clubhouse granted Development Permit
A clubhouse to be built at 2435 Phillips was reviewed by Council. Read the Staff Report. Mayor Tait expressed some concern that as the building was to be used by seniors that perhaps there should be more than one accessible parking space. Staff agreed to work with that. The recommendation carried.
Buildings on 6800 Grant Rd to become smaller, one level
The Developer of the building development at 6800 Grant Rd asked for modification to their development permit. They had already built 14 building and had another 14 to be built. Based on market modifications, the request was that the remaining 14 buildings be permitted to be smaller in size, and only one level instead of two. Read the Staff Report. The motion carried.
Soule Road closed
After being on the books for over 100 years, and having not been developed, the land set aside for Soule Road be distributed back to the adjascent land owners. As per the first recommendation in the Staff Report, staff was directed to proceed with the preparation of a bylaw to close and remove the highway dedication, and dispose of the undeveloped Soule Road right of way.
Two Maple Park Terrace land portions can be prepared and sold
As per this Staff report Maple Park Terrace will be extended to connect with Winfield Drive. To do this, the hammer head sections that needed to be in place for vehicle turnarounds will no longer be needed. Consequently, the developer can sell these lands after various T’s have been crossed and I’s dotted.
Cash in lieu of dedication
As per this 2105 Firwood Place Staff Report, Council agreed to accept cash in lieu of a 5% parkland dedication. This cash will be set aside for future parkland development elsewhere.
Council and Staff reports
- Concillor Bev Berger noted that the ice in SEAPARC was laid, that the new lighting was installed, and that the ice was generally booked.
- Councillor Kasper praised the work of the CAO regarding the transition of sewer maintanence from the EPCOR contract to moving in-house.
- Mayor Tait indicated that she was keeping tabs on what was happening with the Kinder Morgan expansion, and that the federal government review was expected in early December. She also noted that the province had set up a series of conditions that also needed to be met to continue.
- CAO Sullivan ntoed that significant cost savings were going to be realized, and that a project estimated by EPCOR to cost $300K was reduced to $47K under the direction of the Sooke Municipality. Legal costs had also been minimized by the hiring of former EPCOR employee, Dan Skidmore. She also noted that TalkTober was well underway.
Councillor Kasper nominated Mayor Tait as a community leader, as per this Correspondence received September 7, 2016 from FCM – Looking for Canada 150 Community
All other correspondence was received.
Councillor Reay called attention to the Chamber’s termination of an agreement that had them organizing the Christmas parade. Council indicated they will be looking for a service group to coordinate the Santa Parade, which will come with a stipend to cover costs.
By this time, eyes were mostly glazed over, butts were sore from sitting, and the meeting was adjourned. Council continued in camera (ie, behind closed doors) and the rest of us went home to ponder what we should do tomorrow night.
(“The same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world…”)