Present: Major Maja Tait, and Councillors Jeff Bateman,
Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath, Brenda Parkinson, and Tony St-Pierre
In an earlier report, SPN noted the difference a single voice could make (One voice may have changed Council’s mind on a variance matter – Feb 8, 2019, SPN). The unanimous decision made on January 28 was unanimously reversed on March 11.
The motion was revisited on request of Mayor Maja Tait. A mayor can request that her council reconsider and vote again on a matter that was previously a subject of a vote. In the case of reconsideration, according to the Municipal Councillor’s Handbook (P. 12), “Council is given the same authority that it had on the original consideration of the matter and is also subject to the same conditions. … If the adoption of a bylaw or resolution is reconsidered and the adoption is then rejected, the bylaw or resolution is of no effect and is deemed to be repealed.”
Two Councillors, Counc. Parkinson and Counc. Bateman, visited the neighbourhood and the oddly shaped lot, and each found that even if the second garage were to be built within the allowable parcel of land, the view in question would be disrupted. In other words, there was no value in not allowing the variance. That said, both Councillors also found that other views would continue to be unobstructed.
Council reconsidered the original variance request, and decided the variance should be allowed. It was noted that the variance would ease access for the business on the property, and that this garage was a secondary garage for the owner’s truck, and it was not intended for business use.
Motion: Upon reconsideration, THAT Council authorize the issuance of Development Variance Permit PLN01416 to reduce the side lot line setback in the Rural Residential (RU4) zone s.104.7 in Bylaw No. 600 Sooke Zoning Bylaw, 2013 from 3 meters to 1.5 meters for an accessory building at 7214 Austins Place.
Moved by Counc. Parkinson, seconded by Bateman.
Just as the first-time-around motion received unanimous support to deny the variance, this second-time-around-motion to approve the variance also carried unanimously.
- DRAFT Minutes from January 28, 2019 Regular Council meeting
- Staff Report January 28 DVP Austins Place
- Correspondence from L. Gouge
- Correspondence from J. Lister
- One voice may have changed Council’s mind on a variance matter
Also discussed at the March 11 2019 Council meeting
- Sooke Minor Fastball receives $7,500 from Council
- Sooke Council does a complete about-face on a variance permit
- Sooke Council accepts consideration of another cannabis outlet in Sooke