At the June 11 Regular Council meeting, Sooke elected officials considered a request from the Prestige Sooke Holdings Ltd. to rezone their water lot to allow for private resort moorage for their guests arriving in float planes, and the development of a fuel station. The request proposed 18 new berths and a fueling station with associated retail; 6 additional parking stalls will also be required.
This application is for rezoning only. Site development and building details on the water lot will be further considered by the Province of British Columbia Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A foreshore lease from the Province has been granted to Prestige Sooke Holdings Ltd. for the subject water lot and therefore was not required as a condition of this rezoning.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority expressed a concern about noise levels from float planes. Staff noted there would be restricted timelines of access, which is a standard practice.
Councillor Bev Berger had concerns about the lack of additional parking requirements. She said that the current demand on the public harbour and the hotel really show that parking requirements are critical. Without more parking, she wouldn’t support the application.
Councillor Brenda Parkinson said this would be a great feature at the Prestige. As a marriage commissioner, she observed that the boat launch itself is already quite noisy, and she suspects the noise will probably be at the same level (high).
Councill Kevin Pearson liked the idea of developing on the water, and Councillor Ebony Logins also supported the application in principle. Logins said she enjoys float planes, and reminded her colleagues that they would only be there during daylight hours.
There was some debate around notifications. Normally, notices are sent out to residents within a certain parameter and a mandatory ad is published in the print paper. Staff recommended a continuation of these practices, so this, dear SPN readers, may be the only notice you get.
Council passed first and second reading, with Berger opposed. A Public Hearing will be scheduled.
Present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Ebony Logins, Kevin Pearson, Brenda Parkinson, Bev Berger, Kerrie Reay,
The full agenda is available online here.
- Canada Day celebrations in Sooke
- Legal matters prevent Sooke council from providing information
- Sooke officials consider a bylaw that would allow float planes at the Prestige
- Sooke starts rezoning process for properties at Grant and Haywood
- Off-leash dog options are shrinking
- The District becomes a regular funding source for Canada Day celebrations
- Second public hearing for ViewPointe Estates