Thank you for Attending the May 7th Open House: What's Next?

Thank you to the nearly 400 residents who joined us for the Official Community Plan Open House on Saturday (May 7, 2022) and to the residents who are also providing written correspondence by email to info[at] We appreciate your involvement as Sooke’s OCP is reviewed and updated.

What’s next:

  • May 16, 2022 at 6pm: Council will undertake a Chapter Review of the OCP at the Committee of the Whole meeting. This will allow comments shared with members of Council at the Open House to be discussed Council at a public meeting. *Please note that public input will occur at a scheduled Public Hearing, public input will not be permitted at this meeting.
  • June 7, 2022 at 7pm:
    1. A staff report will be presented to Council, including:
      • Co­­mments received through the referral agency process;
      • written comments received at the May 7th Open House;
      • written correspondence received from the public April 12, 2022 (after the bylaw was given first reading) to May 13, 2022; and
      • considerations arising from the May 16, 2022 Chapter Review into an amended Bylaw.
    2. Council may consider giving Second Reading as amended to OCP Bylaw No. 800.
  • After the bylaw is given Second Reading (initial discussion): a Public Hearing will be scheduled.
  • Public Hearing
  • Council to consider Third Reading (final Council discussion)
  • Council to consider adoption


  • First Reading of a Bylaw is the introduction of a Bylaw to begin the legislative process towards adoption.
  • As per the District of Sooke Council Procedure Bylaw, Public Hearings are scheduled after Second Reading is given.
  • *As per the District of Sooke Council Procedure Bylaw, “Neither public input nor delegations are permitted on subject matters which will be provided their own opportunity for public input” such as a Public Hearing as is the case for the OCP Bylaw No. 800.
    • This means, when sitting as Council, the public will be invited to speak to Council on the bylaw at the public hearing only. This is to ensure all residents who may be affected by outcomes on the subject of a public hearing have an equal opportunity to hear the discussion in its entirety.
  • After the public hearing closes, the public comment period closes and Council cannot receive any new information.

Looking to review public feedback received throughout the process? Please find engagement summaries and input received throughout the last 18 months in our posted engagement reports:

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