Picture Sooke: Official Community Plan Review

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Where we are now:

How Sooke looks and feels is shaped by our Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document that is now in the final stages of being updated. Through this final phase of developing a Draft OCP, we are checking in to make sure that we’ve heard you and have not missed anything.

This phase of the OCP development is focused on refining the Draft OCP before it proceeds to a bylaw.

Your feedback on the DRAFT OCP will be received until Sunday, October 17, 2021.


How to participate:

Discussion forums

Join discussion forums through this online platform

Where we are now:

How Sooke looks and feels is shaped by our Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document that is now in the final stages of being updated. Through this final phase of developing a Draft OCP, we are checking in to make sure that we’ve heard you and have not missed anything.

This phase of the OCP development is focused on refining the Draft OCP before it proceeds to a bylaw.

Your feedback on the DRAFT OCP will be received until Sunday, October 17, 2021.


How to participate:

Discussion forums

Join discussion forums through this online platform and interact with comments from other residents


In-person events

Stop by at one of these in-person events to learn about the OCP and our community vision, provide input on policies and action items that will bring our vision to life and help prioritize action items.

Date
Time
Location
Health/Safety Protocols
Saturday, Sept 18
10:00am-3:00pm
John Phillips Memorial Park
2201 Otter Point Road
  • Outdoor event, no registration required.
  • Sanitize hands at welcome station.
  • Maintain physical distance.
  • Masks optional.
Thursday, Oct 72:30pm-7:30pmDistrict of Sooke Municipal Hall
Council Chambers
2205 Otter Point Road
  • Indoor event, registration required: REGISTER HERE.
  • Sanitize hands before entry.
  • Maintain physical distance.
  • Limited capacity, may be required to queue outdoors for entry.
  • Masks may be required as per current provincial health orders.


Comment form/Email

Use the comment form available at upcoming events/community pop-ups, the District of Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road), or email ocp@sooke.ca. Return completed forms:

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the District of Sooke mail slot located at the front entry
  • To staff at the municipal hall during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed statutory holidays)
  • To staff or OCP Advisory Committee members at an upcoming community pop-up (schedule below).

Community Pop-up

"Pop-ups" provide an opportunity to ask specific questions of staff, Council and OCP Advisory Committee Members, and receive forms for commenting. Connect at one of these community pop-ups:

Date
Time
Location
Note
Tuesday, Sept 219:30am-11:30amThe Stick in the Mud Coffeehouse, 6715 Eustace RdMeet with Councillor Bateman & staff
Wednesday, Sept 2210:00am-12:00pmLittle Vienna Bakery, 6726 W Coast RdMeet with Councillor Beddows & staff
Thursday, Sept 23
NEW LOCATION!
9:30am-11:30amBroomhill Playground, 2280 Pyrite Dr
Meet with Councillor St.Pierre & staff
Friday, Sept 24
NEW LOCATION!
9:30am-11:30amJohn Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point RoadMeet with Councillor St-Pierre & staff
Saturday, Sept 2510:00am-2:00pmSooke Country Market at John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point RdMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff
Tuesday, Sept 289:00am-11:00amWhiffin SpitMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff
Saturday, October 210:00am-2:00pmSooke Country Market at John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Rd
Meet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members and staff
Wednesday, Oct 610:30am-12:30pmWestern Foods, Evergreen Centre, 1400-6660 Sooke RdMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff

How we got here:

The engagement and information process around the review of the Official Community Plan update began in summer 2020 with the appointing of an Official Community Plan Advisory Committee and background research conducted by DIALOG, project consultants assisting the District and Advisory Committee with the review and plan update.

Through Fall 2020 into Spring 2021, more than 1200+ participants provided input during community visioning, and vision and growth scenario engagement opportunities. The resulting data was shared in this INTERIM ENGAGEMENT REPORT and subsequent ENGAGEMENT REPORT.

Additionally, information collected during stakeholder sessions (taking place over the last year) with the T-Sou-ke Nation, members of the development community, and local not-for-profit organizations informed the draft plan being shared for public feedback.


What's next:

  • Feedback received during this consultation on the Draft OCP will be incorporated into a revised plan.
  • After further revisions with public feedback incorporated, the OCP Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to Council to proceed with making the Draft Plan into a Bylaw.
  • The OCP Bylaw will come before Council for the first reading (tabling or introduction) and the second reading (discussion in principle and on the content of the OCP Bylaw).
  • After the second reading, a public hearing on the OCP Bylaw (where the public can provide further feedback) will take place.
  • After the public hearing, the OCP Bylaw will proceed to the third reading (final discussion, including any changes made along the way) before adoption.


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  • Instructions & General Comments Discussion

    about 2 months ago
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    Participate in an online discussion forum at any time during this final phase of drafting Sooke's Official Community Plan! 

    Instructions:

    • Sign in to your Let's Talk Sooke account, or register if you do not already have an account
    • Choose a topic/policy area of interest
    • Check out the recommended reading materials
    • Use the provided questions for discussion to share your comments and respond to comments from other community members
    • Return to the discussion forums at any time during the engagement period to add more comments and see what the community is saying

    The discussion forums will close on October 17, 2021.

    By participating in a discussion forum, your username will be public. If you feel uncomfortable with sharing your name in the forums, you are welcome to use a pseudonym (pen name) as your username. Your personal information will remain confidential.


    General Comments Discussion

    Use this discussion forum to share general comments on the Draft OCP. Let us know:

    • What do you like about this Draft OCP?
    • Overall, how do you feel this Draft OCP can be improved?
    • What specific policies do you identify as a high priority?

    Before joining a discussion forum, please read:

    Sharing Our Community Vision:

    As you review and provide feedback on the Draft OCP, how strongly do the objectives, policies and actions connect with our draft community vision? 

    Connecting Policy to our Vision:

    How the policies interact with objectives and goals to support and remain in alignment with the vision is described in the flow chart below. Consider these connections to understand how, through this plan, we will realize our community's vision. 


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  • Growth Management and Land Use Discussion

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    Growth management is one of the most powerful mechanisms to guide change in a way that supports a community’s priorities.

    At the core of this OCP is a growth management concept and land use plan that have been developed to reflect Sooke’s collective vision for the future and respond to the evolving and diversifying needs of the community. Policies in this OCP seek to strategically focus future growth to:

    • protect ecological and agricultural areas, 
    • offer more housing and transportation choices, 
    • support economic prosperity and diversity, 
    • prioritize sustainable municipal infrastructure planning, enhance community wellbeing, 
    • and more.

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading: 


    Key directions pertaining to growth management and land use include:

    • Focused residential growth: the greatest residential intensities and majority of residential growth are focused within and around the Town Centre, complemented by commercial, civic, and cultural uses and a renewed relationship with the waterfront 
    • Other residential growth: outside of the Town Centre and Town Centre Transitional areas, moderate residential growth and some limited small-scale local-serving commercial opportunities are supported in established lower-density neighbourhoods. 
    • Infrastructure: With new residential and commercial growth focused in areas serviced by municipal sewer infrastructure, community growth supports a sustainable relationship with the District’s long term asset management and reduces the impact of land uses on Sooke’s significant ecosystems.
    • Future neighbourhood planning: To better understand neighbourhood scale dynamics, evaluate infrastructure and servicing options, and ensure focused, meaningful engagement with community partners, this OCP identifies an opportunity to develop a Kaltasin/Billings Spit Neighbourhood Area Plan. 
    • Commercial and employment plans: As a key community priority to foster complete neighbourhoods, mixed-use commercial development and expanded employment opportunities are focused within the Town Centre and existing employment lands. 
    • Agricultural lands: Agricultural lands – specifically those in the Agricultural Land Reserve and properties that permit Agriculture as a principal use – are protected from non-agriculture development and are not intended to accommodate urban development that is not in support of agriculture.
    • Parks: Parks are not intended for future growth or development, but rather are established to help maintain important ecological characteristics and natural areas within the community and to provide access to diverse recreation and leisure opportunities. 

    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the key directions for land use?
    2. Of the identified General Land Use Policies (pp. 42-43), are there policies that you feel are a higher priority? Or, policies you feel are missing? 
    3. Reviewing the Land Use Map and Land Use Summary Table, what do you like? What would you change? What is missing?

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  • Arts & Culture Discussion

    about 2 months ago
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    Continuing to invest in and diversify Sooke’s vibrant and evolving arts and culture sector will bolster our economy, advance equity and reconciliation, and support community wellbeing.

    Sooke’s identity has long been rooted in arts and culture. To build on this strong foundation, the District will further invest in cultural infrastructure, collaboration and capacity building with local organizations, and prioritize those representing more diverse communities.  

    As a critical component of our commitment to reconciliation, Sooke will honour and amplify the original and living cultures of Sooke’s lands and waters by uplifting Indigenous cultural knowledge and practices.  


     Goals & Objectives Summary:

    • Elevate Sooke’s dynamic arts and culture scene, p. 111
    • Commit to addressing the urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples including their rights to the land, territories, and resources, p. 111
    • Leverage arts and culture in shaping Sooke’s identity, p. 112 
    • Make space for arts and culture in the community, p. 112

    Actions include:

    • Work with all cultural partners including T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous communities to create an updated Arts and Culture Plan that provides a foundation for partnership models, cultural development processes, cultural asset investment and management. This Plan will replace the District of Sooke’s Municipal Arts Program Policy (2009) and Sooke Region Cultural Plan (2011), p. 112
    • Collaborate with T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous communities to identify, steward, and educate around places of cultural significance, p. 113
    • Participate in the scoping and exploration of a District-wide colonial audit model to review existing programs and approaches, either specific to the District or through partnership with the CRD, p. 113

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    • What do you like about the goals and objectives the Draft OCP identifies?
    • How might these actions be improved?
    • Is there anything missing? 


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  • Affordability & Housing Discussion

    about 1 month ago
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    By encouraging a range of housing types, unit sizes, and forms of tenure, including new rental units and non-market housing, the District of Sooke will improve opportunities for all in finding appropriate and affordable homes into the future.

    Sooke’s housing mix, which is currently made up of mostly single-detached houses, has not kept pace with the community’s evolving needs and desires. To support the health, wellbeing, and resilience of residents, we will need to provide more diverse and affordable housing choices for seniors, young singles, families, and those that are most vulnerable within the community.

    This Plan supports a diversity of housing types throughout the District’s Community Growth Area, with: higher densities and mixed-use developments concentrating in the Town Centre, Town Centre Transitional, and Waterfront Area designations; medium density residential development in Community Residential designations; and lower density and some infill opportunities within Gateway areas.


    Definitions: 

    Affordable housing: "In Canada, housing is considered 'affordable' if it costs less than 30% of a household’s before-tax income." (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

    Development Permit Area: A Development Permit Area (DPA) is a set of development regulations for specific areas. Any proposed building and/or subdivision within a DPA requires the issuance of a development permit. READ MORE >>


    Goals and objectives include:

    • Keep Sooke affordable; provide housing choices for all, p. 115
      • Address non-market housing needs.
      • Address market-rate housing needs.
      • Enhance supply of rental housing.
      • Enhance housing affordability.
      • Support family-friendly, accessible, and seniors housing. 
    • Support diverse housing types and offer new housing choices within already developed areas, while minimizing pressure on outlying ecological and agricultural areas, p. 115  

    Policies and actions include:

    • Enable access to quality and affordable childcare. Prioritize co-location of childcare spaces that offer easy access to suitable employment sites, p.108
    • Advocate for increased senior government support for local non-market housing initiatives, and work with other levels of government, community agencies, and the development community to support seniors housing and below market-rate rental housing, p. 116
    • Continue to enhance rental supply through the creative use of municipal incentives, density bonus, selective DCC discounts, reduced parking requirements, and other programs, p. 118
    • Review the Zoning Bylaw and consider amendments that support purpose-built rental unit development., p. 118
    • Set targets for affordable housing units based on current rates of owners and tenants paying 30 percent or more on shelter, p. 119
    • Attract development partners that will leverage the Housing Reserve Fund contributions to facilitate rental housing, seed funding to initiate developments, and purchase land for affordable housing development., p. 119

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the policies and actions to support affordability in Sooke?
    2. How might the objectives and actions be improved?
    3. What is missing?


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  • Community Economic Development Discussion

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    Sooke’s economic wellbeing will be supported by investing in relationships with each other, with regional partners, and with the land, water, and air.

    Community economic development will: optimize environmental, social, and economic co-benefits for all residents; strengthen a vital relationship with the T’Sou-ke First Nation; and be focused on climate change action.

    By defining economic success holistically, Sooke will support both people and businesses to thrive and foster an equitable economic system in which prosperity is shared. While respecting ecological limits, the District strives to support existing businesses, encourage economic diversity, and create the conditions to attract new businesses and employees.  

    The Town Centre will continue to host Sooke’s largest concentration of commercial land use. The District will leverage new mixed-use development opportunities in the Town Centre to foster a vibrant public realm, improve access to shops and services, and renew Sooke’s relationship with the waterfront. Concentrating economic development in the Town Centre, and maximizing connectivity and multi-modal transportation options, helps minimize the ecological impact of our economy.  


    Goals and Objectives include:

    • Support existing local businesses and encourage the establishment of new businesses and employment. Foster community economic development that respects ecological limits. 
    • Equally honour diverse identities and lived experiences – including those of equity-seeking people – in services, public spaces, and the built environment.  
    • Bolster streetscapes, homes, and destinations in the Town Centre, the bustling heart of Sooke. 

    Actions within Draft OCP include:

    • Develop a comprehensive signage and wayfinding plan that enables accessible and consistent wayfinding for residents and visitors throughout the District (p. 106). 
    • Create a reserve fund to be used for community economic development initiatives (p. 107).
    • Explore cost-reduction mechanisms, such as tax incentives and DCC rebates, to support the implementation of low-carbon and climate adaptation strategies (p. 108).
    • Enable the arts, culture, and non-profit sectors to increase their impact on the local economy by offering support mechanisms such as granting access to spaces, and capacity building opportunities (p. 108).
    • Collaborate with new immigrant training, and employment organizations to support the incoming workforce (p. 108).
    • Strengthen incentives for new and existing mixed-use commercial development in the Town Centre, including amenity zoning and/or density bonus provisions (p. 109).
    • Complete a comprehensive parking plan for the Town Centre that responds to a reduced dependency on personal vehicles and prioritizes pedestrian, cycling, and the use of transit within the community (p. 109).
    • Continue to support and modernize the regulation for home-based businesses to provide local services and employment opportunities in residential areas (p. 109).
    • Reaffirm the importance of the High Streets within the Town Centre and Waterfront Area through the integration of urban design elements. Planning and Engineering departmental staff should undertake a coordinated review of Development Permit Application design drawings (p. 109). 

    Actions within Draft OCP & emerging from recent Community Economic Development Strategy public engagement:

    • Create a user-friendly development process guide that clarifies development application requirements and design, permitting and construction processes. Align this document with guidelines for Development Permit Areas (p. 117).
    • Commission a hotel and tourism study to study the tourism sector in-depth and identify the viability of attracting a major recreation-oriented land use which can serve as a catalyst for expanded hospitality, tourism, hotel, and conference facility investment by the private sector (p. 117).
    • Complete a Town Centre parking management study that includes public consultation with Town Centre businesses and the general public, and an inventory of locations that may be suitable for municipal-owned parking areas (p. 66).
    • Prepare an Employment Lands Strategy through testing the viability of Employment Lands (p.109).
    • Continue to expand the public EV charging station network by adding new Level 3 charging stations along Highway 14. Specific locations will align with the recommendations in the Capital Region Electric Vehicle and Electric Bicycle Infrastructure Planning Guide, which includes SEAPARC Leisure Complex and the new Sooke library (p.79).

    Before joining the discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you feel are priority action items for the District? Why?
    2. How might the objectives and actions be improved?
    3. Is there anything missing?

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  • Equity Discussion

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    Sooke strives to be a vibrant place where everyone belongs, is respected, and thrives.

    Sooke’s diversity of identities and cultures, and our relationship with Indigenous partners, is key to realizing the community’s vision. Currently however, structural inequities mean that not everyone in our community has access to the same opportunities or experiences. 

    To support a more just and equitable community, the District will analyze current policies to understand who benefits and who is excluded, and take meaningful action to support more positive outcomes. Sooke commits to a strong relationship with T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous communities through initiatives and processes that advance and support reconciliation.


    Goals and Objectives include:

    • Continue to strengthen relationships with T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous communities through initiatives and processes to advance and support reconciliation (p. 129).
    • Create civic infrastructure and landscaping that Equally honour diverse identities and lived experiences – including those of equity-seeking people – in services, public spaces, and the built environment (p. 129)
    • Apply an equity lens to planning decisions and resource allocation (p. 130)

    Actions include:


    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the goals, objectives and actions?
    2. How might these actions be improved?
    3. Is there anything missing?

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  • Natural Areas Discussion

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    Sooke’s sense of place is inherently connected with its natural setting. Natural spaces are cherished by residents and visitors alike as places for recreation, cultural practice, stewardship, and restoration.

    By protecting and restoring ecosystem health, the District can support community wellbeing while securing the essential services these ecosystems provide, such as water retention and infiltration and air purification. All community members have an important role to play in stewarding Sooke’s land and waters, through actions such as habitat creation, biodiversity enhancement, and restoration of degraded ecosystems. Actions such as these are powerful local responses to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    The T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous people have been managing and caring for local land and waters since Time Immemorial. As such, there is already tremendous traditional knowledge about local stewardship that must be drawn upon into the future.


    Goals, Objectives and Policy include:

    • Protect ecological areas for habitat and agricultural lands for farming, while focusing urban growth within the Town Centre (p. 73).
    • Protect and connect, physically and visibly, with the waterfront, the soul of Sooke. Keep it public. (p. 73).
    • Preserve and restore Sooke’s Harbour and Basin for its environmental, traditional, cultural, spiritual, and recreational values (p. 73).
    • Require that subdivision and development plans complement the natural topography, while also ensuring pedestrian/cycling connectivity and retention of key topographic features (p. 74).
    • For any new developments and redevelopment along riparian areas or in other environmentally sensitive areas, require the protection of sufficient land needed to maintain the environmental resources and an adjacent public trail (p. 74).
    • Encourage developers to design and construct integrated rainwater management solutions, such as bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, and stormwater detention ponds (p. 76).
    • Support public educational programs that enhance awareness of Sooke’s collective environmental responsibility and encourage voluntary environmental protection, restoration, and stewardship. Partner with local schools on environmental education initiatives (p. 76).

    Actions include:

    • Implement the actions and policies within the District of Sooke Parks and Trails Master Plan (p. 62).
    • Inventory, protect, and enhance environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs), including natural watercourses, riparian, and steep or unstable slopes. More extensively map environmental resources, especially in future development areas (p. 75).
    • Work with T’Sou-ke First Nation, CRD, senior levels of government, and other non-profit stakeholders to identify, inventory, and protect provincially and federally listed species at risk and wildlife habitat areas (p. 75).
    • Prepare an Urban Forest Strategy that evaluates the existing tree canopy across the District and establishes a target and measures to improve Sooke’s tree canopy (p. 76).
    • Prepare a Tree Management Bylaw, requiring the protection of significant trees and trees in environmentally sensitive areas, and replacement trees for new developments and projects (p. 76).
    • Investigate the feasibility of a second “flushing channel” in Whiffin Spit and at Goodridge Peninsula in collaboration with T’Sou-ke First Nation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to allow for the natural and historical cleansing of Sooke Harbour and Basin areas through tidal action (p. 77).
    • Collaborate with the Capital Regional District (CRD) and other non-profit stakeholders for air quality monitoring and implementation of measures to improve air quality (i.e. policies, fines, green energy, enhanced education, etc.) (p. 78).
    • Promote the development of a facility for the discharge of sewage from holding tanks on recreational vehicles to the sewage collection system (sani-dump) (p. 78).
    • Promote further development of facilities for the discharge of sewage from holding tanks on boats to the sewage collection system (dockside vacuum system) (p. 78).
    • Promote the establishment of a yard waste composting facility (p. 78). 

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the goals, objectives and actions?
    2. How might these actions be improved?
    3. Is there anything missing?

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  • Recreation and Community Services

    about 1 month ago
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    Sooke’s recreation and community infrastructure should provide welcoming, safe, and exciting opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and identities to access services and experience leisure, sport, and learning. 

    To meet the needs of a growing and diversifying population, the District will enhance the capacity, quality, and diversity of recreation and community facilities. In addition, we will seek opportunities to support partners to offer programming and services that enhance community well-being. Recreation and community services will be delivered equitably to benefit all people with an emphasis on providing services to those that need them most.


    Goal and objectives include:

    • Provide equitable access to Sooke’s recreation and community facilities, and increase their capacity, quality, and diversity, p. 123
    • Support partners to offer programming and services that enhance community well-being., p. 123

    Action items include:

    • Develop a comprehensive recreation and community facilities master plan that evaluates Sooke’s current needs, identifies strategies to expand access, and proactively responds to diverse demands based on expected future growth and evolving demographics, p. 124
    • Complete an accessibility audit of all District of Sooke facilities and implement associated recommendations, p. 124
    • Work with the CRD, Sooke Community Association, SEAPARC and other non-profit organizations to expand recreational programming opportunities within existing facilities and secure new facilities where feasible, p. 124
    • Explore the feasibility of developing a new multi-purpose youth and seniors centre in the Town Centre. Collaborate with local youth services, community organizations, T’Sou-ke First Nation, and other Indigenous communities to establish guiding principles for this project., p. 124

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


     Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the goals, objectives and action items supporting recreation and community services in Sooke?
    2. How might these actions be improved?
    3. What is missing?
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  • Sustainability/GHG Reduction Discussion

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    A key theme emerging from community engagement highlighted GREEN AND NET ZERO as a goal area. Within this area, the DRAFT OCP identifies:

    • Goal 1.1: Mobilize to address the climate emergency head-on; achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2030, 60% reduction in GHGs by 2040, and net zero GHGs by 2050. 
    • Goal 1.2: Protect ecological areas for habitat and agricultural lands for farming, while focusing urban growth within the Town Centre. 
    • Goal 1.3: Reduce car dependency and offer more transportation choices, with priority given to walking, cycling, transit use, train and goods movement. 
    • Goal 1.4: Create civic infrastructure and landscaping that is both high-performing and delightful. 
    • Goal 1.5: Expand and protect parks and green space throughout the community for the well-being of current and future generations.


    Definitions:

    • Net Zero: Net Zero is the target of completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by activity through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. There is international scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 at the latest in order to stabilize global temperatures and avoid catastrophic climate change impacts. Canada committed to this target in the 2015 Paris Agreement, which is a legally binding international treaty on GHG reductions.

    Actions include:

    • Align decision-making and investment in multi-modal mobility infrastructure consistent with the District of Sooke Transportation Master Plan (2020), p. 62
    • Update the existing MoU with the Ministry of Transportation in order to realize shared multi-modal objectives for Highway 14, the Grant Road Connector, and associated municipal` streets., p. 64
    • Provide funding to make improvements to existing bus stops, which would include accessible boarding pads and other passenger amenities such as shelters and benches. Bus stop improvement priorities will align with those identified in the Sooke Local Area Transit Plan that are on District roads, p.65
    • Continue to expand the public EV charging station network by adding new Level 3 charging stations along Highway 14. Specific locations will align with the recommendations in the Capital Region Electric Vehicle and Electric Bicycle Infrastructure Planning Guide, which include SEAPARC Leisure Complex and the new Sooke library, p. 68
    • Build all new municipal buildings to net-zero emissions standards, meeting 100% of energy demand through renewable electrical means, p.88
    • Establish and/or promote water efficiency and building energy efficiency retrofit incentive programs such as rebates or financing mechanisms (such as property-assessed clean energy – PACE). Coordinate with others offering such programs to cover gaps and maximize uptake., p. 89
    • Prioritize building renovation permits targeting higher energy and emissions performance in the building permit application queue, p. 89
    • Consider updating Sooke’s Zoning Bylaw to implement an appropriate minimum on-site or off-site requirement for food growing space such as community gardens or allotment gardens based on proposed gross floor area for larger multi-unit and mixed-use developments, p. 99
    • Collaborate with T’Sou-ke First Nation and other Indigenous community members to develop Indigenous gardens that focus on the cultivation of culturally important species of plants for food, medicine, and ceremony, and provide opportunities for complementary programming or education, p. 102

    Before joining this discussion, check out the following recommended reading:


    Questions for discussion:

    1. What do you like about how this Draft OCP responds to support sustainability in Sooke?
    2. How can this Draft OCP be improved in this area?
    3. Is there anything missing to support sustainability in Sooke?

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  • Transportation & Safety Discussion

    about 1 month ago
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    By encouraging a range of transportation options, the District will achieve multiple benefits including alleviating traffic congestion, improving quality of life, and strengthening economic development.

    As outlined in the District’s Transportation Master Plan, the vision for our community’s transportation network is one where all ages and abilities meet their day-to-day mobility needs using a variety of travel options that are convenient, safe, connected and support our community’s aspirations to be healthy, vibrant and sustainable.

     To achieve this vision, we will need to provide greater transportation choices that not only make it easier and more efficient to move around the community, but also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to respond to the climate emergency. 


    Goals and Objectives include:

    • Reduce car dependency and offer more transportation choices, with priority given to walking, cycling, transit use, and goods movement.  
    • Improve and expand transit service and infrastructure (p. 32).
    • Bolster streetscapes, homes and destinations in the Town Centre, the bustling heart of Sooke (p. 32).
    • Treat streets as a place for people and public life (p. 32).
    • Mobilize to address the climate emergency head-on; achieve a 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, 60% reduction in GHG emissions by 2040, and net zero emissions by 2050 (p. 32)

    Actions include:

    • Implement the District of Sooke Transportation Master Plan (2020) (p. 62).
    • Update the existing MoU with the Ministry of Transportation in order to realize shared multi-modal objectives for Highway 14, the Grant Road Connector, and associated municipal` streets (p. 64)
    • In alignment with the Sooke Local Area Transit Plan, work with BC Transit to expand regional transit service to Langford, downtown Victoria, and other parts of Greater Victoria. This will include additional service hours on Route 61 on both weekdays and weekends (p. 65)
    • Update off-street parking requirements in the Zoning Bylaw to align with current trends and best practice (p. 66)
    • Undertake a review of the District’s on-street parking management practices to reflect the changing population and to explore the following topics: 
      • Residential parking permit program 
      • Time-limited parking in areas with existing and planned mixed-use development 
      • Passenger loading stalls areas with existing and planned mixed-use development 
      • Accessible parking stalls include design standards and locations where they are most appropriate (p. 66)
    • Continue to monitor provincial e-bike incentive programs and consider providing a top-up incentive to increase uptake of electric bicycles (p. 68)

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    Question for discussion:

    1. What do you like about the transportation goals and objectives the Draft OCP identifies?
    2. How might these actions be improved?
    3. Is there anything missing?

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