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

Free Event – Water Sustainability

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Place: Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building
3 – 7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC

This event is for residents, water licence holders, business owners, water providers, farmers and well drillers to learn about how the Water Sustainability Act affects you.

Representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development will provide information and answer questions on the new legislation, groundwater licensing, water availability, aquifer and well protection.

Please RSVP by email by 4:30pm on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Emma Taylor, Planner, at 250.642.8102.

Rezoning Application RZ000248 - Thirteen Properties (West Coast Road - Jordan River)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone four parcels from the Jordan River Hamlet (JR-1) zone to a new Restricted Development – Flood Hazard Area (RD-1) zone; to rezone five parcels from the Jordan River Hamlet Commercial (C-1B) zone to the RD-1 zone; to rezone one parcel from the Jordan River Destination Resort (CR-1A) zone to the RD-1 zone; and to rezone three parcels from the Rural A zone to the RD-1 zone (proposed Bylaw No. 4188) in order to restrict development within an area found to be at risk of catastrophic flooding due to dam failure associated with an extreme seismic event at its July 18, 2017 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4188 be referred to agencies and to the Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission.

A meeting of the Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission was held August 2, 2017.

Director Hicks will be meeting with residents on September 22, 2017 at 6pm in Jordan River (11793 West Coast Road property).

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Public Hearing - Rezoning Applications RZ000247and RZ000249 - Strata Lots 6, 9, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 28, Sect 16, Otter District, Plan VIS7096; and Lot A, Sect 16, Otter District, Plan VIP89031 (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 Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) 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 (APC).

A meeting of the Otter Point APC was held July 17, 2017.

A second application (RZ000249) was received from another property owner to rezone four additional strata properties in the Sooke Business Park. Permission was granted by the original applicant to have these parcels added to the proposed bylaw amendment.

At its September 19, 2017 meeting the LUC reviewed the comments received from agencies and recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4187, reflecting rezoning of nine lots, be amended to accommodate the request from the original applicant to include Strata Lot 6, Section 16, Otter District, Plan VIS7096 to the rezoning proposal and that the bylaw, as amended, proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing.

The Otter Point APC considered Bylaw No. 4187, as amended to reflect rezoning of a total of ten properties, on September 25, 2017.

At its October 11, 2017 meeting the CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4187 first and second readings and direction that Bylaw No. 4187 proceed to public hearing.

A public hearing will be held:

Date: Monday, November 6, 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 Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Adopted - Bylaw No. 4167, “Comprehensive Community Development Plan for Port Renfrew, Bylaw No. 1, 2003, Amendment Bylaw No. 8, 2017” (Rezoning Application RZ000246 - Parkinson Road)

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 reviewed the comments received from agencies and recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4167, as amended, proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing.

At its July 12, 2017 meeting the CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4167 first and second readings and direction that Bylaw No. 4167 proceed to public hearing.

A public hearing was held on August 17, 2017.

At its September 13, 2017 meeting the CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4167 third reading and adopted Bylaw No. 4167.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Rezoning and Official Community Plan Amendment Application RZ000245 - Block 1043, Malahat District (3950 Goldstream Heights Drive)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone the property from the Greenbelt 2 (Gb2) zone to a new Commercial Recreation – Medical Marihuana (CR1-MM) zone and to designate the property as a Commercial Development Permit Area in order to permit a campground facility, tourist cabins, outdoor amusement facilities, and a licensed medical marihuana production facility pursuant to Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) (proposed Bylaw No. 4196) at its July 18, 2017 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4196 be referred to agencies and to a public information meeting.

A public information meeting was held September 7, 2017.

Public Information Meeting Notes

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

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 was held July 17, 2017.

A meeting of the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission was scheduled for August 1, 2017. Quorum requirements were not met.

A meeting of the Shirley/Jordan River Advisory Planning Commission was held August 2, 2017.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

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 Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

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 Local Area Planning or call 250.642.8100.

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.