Welcome to the Juan de Fuca

Juan de Fuca encompasses the west coast of Vancouver Island from the community of Otter Point all the way to Port Renfrew, and also includes the geographically separate communities of East Sooke, Malahat and Willis Point. It also includes the Chatham and Discovery Islands, which lie off the east coast of Victoria, near Oak Bay.

The Juan de Fuca communities of Willis Point, Malahat, East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew, and the Rural Resource Lands make up an unincorporated rural Electoral Area under the jurisdiction of the Capital Regional District (CRD). The CRD serves as local government for electoral areas and most administrative functions are handled from offices in Otter Point or Victoria. The southern half of Discovery Island is a Provincial Marine Park; the northern portion of Discovery Island, Chatham Island and its nearby islets are part of the Songhees First Nation reserve lands.

The CRD Board has established, by bylaw, a number of Commissions to provide community input into the delivery of specific CRD services in the EA's. The Board may also establish Committee's to provide advice and recommendations in relation to a CRD service or potential service.

Advisory Planing Commissions, one of which represents each community in the Juan de Fuca area, make recommendations to the CRD on community and neighbourhood development plans, zoning applications and development permits. At this time the Port Renfrew and Malahat Advisory Planning Commissions are not active. The Commissions meet on an as required basis.

Planning Services - Hot Topics

Rezoning Application RZ000246 - Lot 3, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan VIP13240 and Lot A, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan VIP54121

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to re-designate two properties from Residential (R) to Tourism Commercial (TC), and to rezone the parcels from Community Residential – One (CR-1) to Tourism Commercial - One (TC-1), in order to expand the Trailhead Resort in Port Renfrew (proposed Bylaw No. 4167) at its February 21, 2017 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4167 be referred to agencies and to the Port Renfrew Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

A meeting of the Port Renfrew Advisory Planning Commission was held on April 10, 2017.

At its June 20, 2017 meeting the LUC will review the comments received from agencies and will consider recommending that proposed Bylaw No. 4167, as amended, proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

Rezoning Application RZ000247 - Strata Lots 9, 21, 23 and 28, Section 16, Otter District, Plan VIS7096; and Lot A, Section 16, Otter District, Plan VIP89031, Except Part in Strata Plan VIS7096 (Butler Road – Sooke Business Park)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone five properties from the General Industrial (M-2) zone to a new Sooke Business Park Industrial (M-SBP) zone (proposed Bylaw No. 4187) in order to clarify allowable uses, respond to market demand and permit licensed medical marihuana production facilities pursuant to Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR) at its June 20, 2017 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4187, as amended to delete gravel processing as a permitted use, be referred to agencies and to the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

A meeting of the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission will be held:

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
3 – 7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

Proposed Bylaw No. 4104, "Official Community Plan for Otter Point Bylaw No. 1, 2014, Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2016”

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered proposed Bylaw No. 4104, which would amend Bylaw No. 3819, "Official Community Plan for Otter Point Bylaw No. 1, 2014" to incorporate updated steep slopes development permit area mapping and to revise the Land Use Designation map to re-designate a parcel that was previously excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve (Lot 1, Section 7, Otter District, Plan 22721), at its November 15, 2016 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4104 referred to agencies and to the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

The Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered Bylaw No. 4104 at its January 16, 2017 meeting.

At its February 21, 2017 meeting the LUC reviewed the comments received from agencies and recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4104 be referred to the full CRD Board for consistency with the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and that Bylaw No. 4104 proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing.

At its April 12, 2017 meeting the CRD Board deemed Bylaw No. 4104 consistent with the 2003 RGS and gave Bylaw No. 4104 first and second readings and direction that Bylaw No. 4104 proceed to public hearing.

A public hearing was held on June 5, 2017.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

Proposed Bylaw No. 4179, "Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, 1992, Amendment Bylaw No. 130, 2017"

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered proposed Bylaw No. 4179, which would amend Bylaw No. 2040, “Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, 1992”, to add agriculture and intensive agricultural uses to the Forestry (AF) zone, at its June 20, 2017 meeting.  At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4179 be referred to agencies and to the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission (APC), the Otter Point APC and the Shirley/Jordan River APC.

A meeting of the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission will be held:

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
3 – 7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC

A meeting of the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission will be held:

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 6pm
Place: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
3 – 7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC

A meeting of the Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission will be held:

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Shirley Community Hall
2795 Sheringham Point Road, Shirley, BC

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

East Sooke Official Community Plan Review

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered proposed Bylaw No. 4000, “Official Community Plan for East Sooke, Bylaw No. 1, 2016", which will repeal and replace the existing East Sooke Official Community Plan, Bylaw No. 3718, at its February 16, 2016 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4000 be referred to agencies and to the East Sooke Advisory Planning Commission, the Juan de Fuca Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Planning Commission.

Proposed Bylaw No. 4000 was considered by the East Sooke Advisory Planning Commission on April 25, 2016, by the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission on April 26, 2016 and by the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission on May 9, 2016.

The LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4000 be referred to the full CRD Board for consistency with the Regional Growth Strategy and that Bylaw No. 4000 proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing at its July 19, 2016 meeting.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

Shirley/Jordan River Official Community Plan Review

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered proposed Bylaw No. 4001, “Official Community Plan for Shirley – Jordan River, Bylaw No. 1, 2016", which will repeal and replace the existing Shirley/Jordan River Official Community Plan, Bylaw No. 3717, at its April 19, 2016 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4001 be referred to agencies and to the Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission, the Juan de Fuca Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Planning Commission.

Proposed Bylaw No. 4001 was considered by the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Planning Commission on April 26, 2016 and by the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission May 9, 2016.

The Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission considered Bylaw No. 4001 at its meeting of May 4, 2016 and June 1, 2016.

The LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4001 be referred to the full CRD Board for consistency with the Regional Growth Strategy and that Bylaw No. 4001 proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing at its July 19, 2016 meeting.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Iain Lawrence, Manager, Local Area Planning, or call 250.642.8104.

Commissions and Committees in the JDF:

Community Planning

  • Advisory Planning Commissions
  • Boards of Variance
  • Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee

Local Utilities

  • Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission
  • Port Renfrew Utility Services Committee
  • Wilderness Mountain Water Service Commission

Parks and Recreation

  • Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
  • Sooke & Electoral Area Parks & Recreation Commission (SEAPARC)

Public Safety

  • East Sooke Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Commission
  • Otter Point Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Commission
  • Port Renfrew Fire Protection & Emergency Response Service Commission
  • Shirley Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Commission
  • Willis Point Fire Protection and Recreation Facilities Commission

More information on the services and administrative functions offered in Juan de Fuca EA by the CRD

More information on the services and administrative functions offered in JDF by the CRD can be found on the following pages:

Director

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The Juan de Fuca's Electoral Area Director, Mike Hicks, is the area's representative at the CRD Regional Board and on various CRD commissions. Director Hicks was re-elected in December 2014 for a 4 year term.

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning Services

Mailing Address:
Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
#3 - 7450 Butler Road
Sooke, BC  V9Z 1N1

The Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building is located in the community of Otter Point off Otter Point Road in the Sooke Business Park

Planning staff are available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. 

Tel: 250.642.1500
Fax: 250.642.5274

Contact Us

Reports to JDF Commissions and Committees

Reports are available online in the CRD Document Library.

JdF Local Area Services Facility Use-Rental Application

Otter Point History - Heritage Sites and Areas of Historical Interest

This local history report and map provides an overview of heritage sites and areas of historical interest, initially prepared as background to the Otter Point Official Community Plan.