Overview, Regular Council meeting March 27, 2017
Present: Mayor Tait and Councillors Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson, Kerrie Reay and Bev Berger
Absent: Brenda Parkinson and Ebony Logins
Public Question and Comment Period
Rob Pearce from Poplar Drive in Sunriver. He spoke to the new business item of the intersection at Sunriver Way. It’s not just a speed issue, it’s also a line-of-sight issue. “You can’t see at the best of times,” he said. His recommendation is a four-way stop.
6.1. Future Policing Costs Reserve Bylaw No. 653: A bylaw to establish a reserve fund for future policing costs.
Adoption of the bylaw was carried unanimously.
6.2. 7000 Melrick Place – Rezoning Staff Report
RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL give first reading to Bylaw No. 663, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600- 35) to rezone 7000 Melrick Place from Rural (RU2) to Rural Residential (RU4) and; THAT Bylaw No. 663, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-35) be Read a Second time; AND THAT a Public Hearing be scheduled for Bylaw No. 663 in accordance with section 466 of the Local Government Act.
Report Summary: “The applicant has applied to rezone 7000 Melrick Place, the lot on the north side of Brailsford Place, from Rural (RU2) to Rural Residential (RU4) with the intent to subdivide +/- 1.71 hectares for the purposes of maintaining the owners existing home site.”
Owners wish to subdivide, and their request is consistent with the OCP.
First, and second readings carried unanimously. Request for a public hearing carried unanimously.
6.3. 2017 – 2021 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw Staff Report (includes the Five Year Financial Plan)
RECOMMENDATION: 1. THAT Bylaw No. 664, Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw, 2017, be read a First, Second and Third time.
Community Grant Amendment: Counc. Reay asked asked that the JdF Ground Search and Rescue be give $3,500 instead of $2,500 that was proposed at the Community Grants meeting. Faulty math. It would put Council over their $50,000 budget by $61. Motion made to amend the grant given to JdF. Carried.
The Five Year Plan was read a first, second and third time as amended. Passed unanimously.
7. REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
7.1. Covenant Requirements for Proposed Knox Church Development Staff Report
This report provides Council the list of covenant requirements registered to 2096, 2110 and 2120 Church Road.
Kasper pointed out, it was originally a 142 unit project, mixed housing, it’s now only 40 or so low-cost units. Thing have changed from 2012 to today. The bus stop is an unnecessary imposition on this project. There is an existing bus pullout just a half block up.
It was pointed out that the developer had not requested a modification to either staff or Council A Committee Member from the Church said they want to start with the project, as soon as possible.
Carried. They don’t have to do a bus stop. There may still have to be a public hearing to remove this (their deliberations were dizzying), but if so, Council would cover the costs.
8. NEW BUSINESS
- Intersection, Sunriver Way at Poplar/deMamiel Drives: Staff has been asked to prepare a report to examine the intersection, for potential improvements.
- Lot A: Pearson wants the entire property at Lot A to be zoned CTC (“Town Centre Commercial” for Town Centre Mixed Use. Staff will prepare a bylaw as soon as possible. Time if of the essence right now. Kasper asked for a removal of the 219 covenant against Lot A.
- Natori is Sooke’s informal sister city in Japan. On Friday, visiting students will have lunch with the mayor. Tait asked for Council to approve these gifts and the funding of lunch. Staff said the funds could come from Government Relations, and the Director of Finance said there was a line item for Hospitality and Meals.
Some discussion about banning plastic bags as there were a number of letters. Reay wanted pros and cons before taking a step to ban them. Victoria is doing a six month study, and it was suggested that perhaps Sooke can wait for the result fo that study.
10. COUNCIL AND CAO VERBAL REPORTS
Mayor Tait noted that a special transit meeting happened today, and the province is funding $1.6 million into transit. BC Transit needs 20,000 service hours: 13,000 are needed to preserve existing services, and another 7,000 are needed to expand. This “expanded service” will just allow BC Transit to maintain current service levels, as there has been an increase in demand and an increase in duration (McKenzie).
Local governments have no input on the gas tax, that’s a provincial matter. “We wrote letters of support,” said the Mayor, that’s all they can do. Citizens can do that too.
Counc. Reay added that Sooke is tied as the fifth fasted growing town in BC. Bus service is inadequate, esp for youth who have to do service jobs on the weekend in Victoria.
And with that the public portion of the meeting ended.