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 Planning 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

East Sooke Official Community Plan Review

The LUC reconsidered proposed Bylaw No. 4000 at their meeting of April 17, 2018 and recommended that Bylaw No. 4000 proceed to first and second readings and to public hearing. The CRD Board supported this recommendation at their meeting on May 9, 2018.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 7pm at the Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building. See the Public Hearing Notice-BL4000 for more information.

For Bylaw No. 4000, please click here to view: BL4000 PH 3rd Reading.

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 LUC reconsidered proposed Bylaw No. 4001 at their meeting of April 17, 2018 and recommend giving first and second reading and proceeding to public hearing. The CRD Board supported this recommendation at their May 9, 2018 meeting.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 28 at or near 7pm at the Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building. See the Public Hearing Notice BL4001 for further information.

For Bylaw No. 4001, please click here to view: BL4001 PH 3rd Reading

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

Development Permit with Variance Application DV000060 - Strata Lots 15 & 16, Sec. 16, Otter District, VIS7096 (4-7450 Butler Road)

An application has been made for a development permit with variance in order to reconfigure the lot boundaries and construct an addition to an existing building to be used as a medical marihuana production facility.

The Land Use Committee will consider the application at their meeting on May 15, 2018.

Proposed Wireless Communications Facility - Lot 4, District Lot 28, Otter District, Plan VIP19985 (2620 Kemp Lake Road)

An Invitation for Public Input has been received for a proposed 50.0m monopole wireless communication facility at 2620 Kemp Lake Road.

The Land Use Committee will consider the proposal at their meeting of May 15, 2018.

Floodplain Exemption Application DV000057 - Lot 13, Section 4, Renfrew District, Plan VIP79213 (Trailhead Drive)

A request has been made for an exemption from the 1.5 metre flood construction level specified in Part 5 of the Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, 1992, Bylaw No. 2040, for the purpose of constructing a dwelling adjacent to First Creek.

The Land Use Committee considered the application at their meeting of April 17, 2018 and recommended approval. The CRD Board will consider the application at a future date.

Rezoning Application RZ000255 - Strata Lots 13, 26 & 27, Section 17, Otter District, VIS7096 (Sooke Business Park - 7450 Butler Road)

An application has been received to rezone three properties from General Industrial (M-2) zone to the Sooke Business Park Industrial (M-SBP) zone in order to add business office and support services, private fitness clubs and licensed medical cannabis production facilities as permitted uses.

The Land Use Committee considered the application at their meeting of April 17, 2018 and recommended referral to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

A meeting of the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm at the CRD Juan de Fuca Local Area Services Building located at 3-7450 Butler Road, Otter Point, BC.

Rezoning Application RZ000251 – Lot 12, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan 13240 (17239 Parkinson Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone the subject property from the Community Residential – One (CR-1) zone to a new Mixed Commercial/Residential (CR-1A) zone (proposed Bylaw No. 4216) for the purpose of allowing a food service establishment at its January 16, 2018 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4216 be referred to agencies and the Port Renfrew Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

In lieu of an APC meeting, a Public Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm at the Port Renfrew Community Hall to provide information and obtain comments regarding the application. See Event details.

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 (proposed Bylaw No. 4196) and to designate the property as a Commercial Development Permit Area (proposed Bylaw No. 4197) 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) at its July 18, 2017 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4196 and Bylaw No. 4197 be referred to agencies and to a public information meeting.

A public information meeting was held September 7, 2017.

At its meeting of January 16, 2018, the LUC considered a modified application to rezone the property to a new Industrial - Medical Marihuana Production (M4) zone (proposed Bylaw No. 4196) and to designate the property as a Commercial and Industrial Development Permit Area (proposed Bylaw No. 4197) for a licensed medical marihuana production facility, as well as to receive referral comments from agencies and the public information. At this meeting the LUC recommended that the revised proposed Bylaw Nos. 4196 and 4197 be referred again to agencies and to a public information meeting.

A Public Information Meeting will be held on Monday, February 26th at 7pm at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre to provide information and obtain comments regarding the revised application. See Event details.

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

Agendas, Minutes and Reports to JDF Commissions and Committees

Documents 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 provides an overview of heritage sites and areas of historical interest in Otter Point from the 1860s to the 1970s.  Initially prepared as background to the Otter Point Official Community Plan, the second edition is expanded and includes an interactive map