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DESCRIPTIONJuly 02, 2014 edition of the Sooke News Mirror
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Black PressWednesday, July 2, 2014 Agreement#40110541
Editorial Page 8
Entertainment Page B1
Sports/stats Page 17
28 Pages in two sections
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Pirjo Raits photo
Walking the SpitWhiffin Spit is one of the busiest places in Sooke on a nice day. Located at the end of Whiffin Spit Road, the breakwater extends into the mouth of the Sooke Harbour and helps to protect the inner basin. A leisurely stroll will take you 1.1 kilometres to the lighthouse at the end. The seaside trail offers hikers grand views of Sooke and the open waters of Juan de Fuca Strait, framed within the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Whiffin Spit was named after a clerk on the Herald, a British naval ship that surveyed the area in 1846. In 1855 the Muir family started a sawmill there and ships would navigate the channel around Whiffin Spit to pick up lumber. The official name Whiffin Spit is now spelled with an i rather than in someplaces with an e.
Sooke is Selling!2013 Sooke Home Sales: 3042014 Sooke Home Sales: 135
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A brief recap of some of the items on the agenda of the June 23 District of Sooke regu-lar council meeting.
Public Input and Information
Council unani-mously voted in favour of issuing a Develop-ment Variance Permit and a Development Per-mit to 6669 Horne Road (Harbourside Cohous-ing). The applicants are looking to build 32 multi-family dwellings on the .8 hectare prop-erty. The development will have one 13-unit three-story apartment building, three one-story duplexes, three two-story duplexes and one secondary suite in the common house. The low rise apart-ment and duplexes are designed to provide an attractive transition to higher density and respect the views to the harbour.
Bylaws Council adopted
Bylaw 590, Sooke Town Centre Revitalization Amendment. The bylaw is to amend Bylaw 408 for the purpose of per-mitting Built Green buildings and construc-tion types that would, in addition to LEED, be eligible for property value tax exemptions, reduced building fees and reduced DCCs.
Council adopted Bylaw 591, to amend the fees for launching a
boat and parking at the District of Sooke Pub-lic Boat Launch facil-ity. Council will allow the operator to collect $10 fees for launching which includes parking. Sooke residents can purchase a 12-month boat launch permit for $60, the cost for non-residents is $120. Park-ing in the boat launch sites will be $2 hourly, if no boat is launched, and $10 for 24-hours. Council will re-visit the contract with the oper-ator at the end of one year.
Bylaw 598, OCP Amendment Bylaw - Town Centre Design Guidelines
Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw 598. A public hearing will be held.
The bylaw will strengthen the policy statements regarding a West Coast theme for the town centre and rewrite Development Permit Area for the town centre to include more guidelines around architectural details,
storefront design and building materials. Staff is also presenting a draft illustrative design handbook which can be given to potential developers. While this would be a voluntary, Mayor Wendal Milne and Councillor Maja Tait felt there should be some mandatory aspects as well. Council will look into incentive programs for both new builds and renovations to existing buildings.
Reports Council granted
funding of $1,000 to the Sooke Region Historical Society for their Water Flow Line project.
Council gave a Site Specific Floodplain Exemption to property at 2896 Sooke River Road.
Council autho-rized a municipal loan authorization and elec-toral approval process for long-term borrow-ing for the proposed Sooke Community Centre. Staff will con-tinue to work with the Sooke Region CHI to
determine a location and preliminary design plans.
Councillor Herb Hal-dane said the district should be looking at existing buildings and renovating them.
I really dont think we can afford a seniors centre and get value out of it, said Haldane.
He said the district could work with the Legion and turn that building into a Taj Mahal.
Coun. Bev Berger agreed with Haldanes sentiments in looking at what we already have in Sooke.
Council adopted a Tribute Bench Policy for municipal park and trails and a conceptual design of the memorial/tribute area on Whiffin Spit.
The next District of Sooke council meeting takes place on July 14.
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CounCil Briefs Leech being honoured July 13
The Old Cemeteries Society will mark the finding of gold on the Sooke and Leech Rivers in July 1864 with a special ceremony July 13 at Ross Bay Cemetery.
Lt. Governor Judith Guichon, will lay a wreath on the grave of Peter Leech, the man who was in charge of the expedition.
Soldiers from the 39th Combat Engineers Regiment in Vancouver will also attend. Descendants of Peter Leech will be present.
M a n y o f t h e presenters will be in period costume and a pipe-major will pipe the visitors to the main events. The procession leaves Fairfield Plaza to march to the gravesite at 2 p.m.
F o r f u r t h e r information, please go online to: oldcem.bc.ca.
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