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

Proposed Bylaw No. 4290, “Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, 1992, Amendment Bylaw No. 143, 2018” (Sooke Business Park)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered establishing a consistent land use zoning designation for parcels within the Sooke Business Park development in Otter Point (Bylaw No. 4290) at its meeting of March 19, 2019. At this meeting the LUC recommended that the proposed bylaw be referred to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission (APC).

The Otter Point APC considered Bylaw No. 4290 at its meeting of April 9, 2019.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Cannabis Retail Application for Lot 1, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan VIP65199 (17293 Parkinson Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) recommended that a resolution for the cannabis retail application LP000003 for Lot 1, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan VIP65199, be forwarded to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch supporting the licence and that the licence be withheld until completion of a building permit for the proposed retail store occupancy at its meeting of March 19, 2019.

The CRD Board adopted a resolution supporting the licence at its meeting of April 10, 2019.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Rezoning Application RZ000265 Lot D, Section 36, Renfrew District, Plan VIS5337 (17015 Parkinson Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered request to amend the Comprehensive Community Development Plan for Port Renfrew to amend the Tourism Commercial - One (TC-1) zone in order to permit an existing mix of commercial and residential uses on the subject parcel (Bylaw No. 4292) at its meeting of March 19, 2019. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4292 be referred to agencies and to a public information meeting in Port Renfrew.

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

Temporary Use Permit TP000010 - Lot 4, Section 47, Otter District, Plan 23769 (7822 Tugwell Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request for a temporary use permit to allow a federally licensed micro-cannabis cultivation facility on the subject property zoned Rural Residential 2 (RR-2) at its January 15, 2019 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that the application be referred to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered the proposal at its March 5, 2019 meeting.

The LUC will consider recommending that temporary use permit TP000010 be approved at its meeting of April16, 2019.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Cannabis Bylaw, Bylaw No. 4278, “Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, 1992, Amendment Bylaw No. 141, 2018”

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered proposed Bylaw No. 4278 at its December 18, 2018 meeting. Proposed Bylaw No. 4278 would amend the Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw, Bylaw No. 2040, to update definitions and address the legal cultivation of cannabis in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

The Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered Bylaw No. 4278 at its meeting of January 22, 2019.

The LUC recommended that Bylaw No. 4278 be given first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its meeting of March 19, 2019.

The CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4278 first and second reading and direction that the bylaw proceed to public hearing at its April 10, 2019 meeting.

A public hearing will be held:

Date: April 30, 2019
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 Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Temporary Use Permit Application TP000009 - Lot 4, Section 47, Otter District, Plan VIP52344 (7861 Tugwell Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request for a temporary use permit to allow the expansion of a home based microbrewery in the Rural Residential 2 (RR-2) zone at its November 20, 2018 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that the application be referred to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

The Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered the application at its January 22, 2019 meeting.

The LUC recommended that temporary use permit TP000009 be approved at its meeting of March 19, 2019.

The CRD Board adopted a resolution to issue temporary use permit TP000009 at its meeting of April 10, 2019.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Rezoning Application RZ000260 - Lot 9, Section 129, Sooke District, Plan VIP67208 (590 Seedtree Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone the subject property from Rural A to Rural Residential 6A (RR-6A) for the purpose of permitting a 4-lot bare land subdivision as an alternative to a building strata development (proposed Bylaw No. 4265) at its November 20, 2018 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4265 be referred to agencies, the East Sooke Advisory Planning Commission and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission considered the application at its November 27, 2018 meeting.

East Sooke Advisory Planning Commission considered the application at its January 9, 2019 meeting.

The LUC recommended that Bylaw No. 4265 be given first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its meeting of February 19, 2019.

The CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4265 first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its meeting of March 13, 2019.

A public hearing will be held:

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 7pm
Place: East Sooke Community Hall, 1397 Coppermine Road, East Sooke, BC

Should you have any questions or for further information, please email Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Rezoning Application RZ000257 - Strata Lot 10, Section 16, Otter District, Plan VIS7096 (7450 Butler Road)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to rezone the subject property from the General Industrial (M-2) zone to the General Industrial – Medical Marihuana (M-2MM) zone in order to permit a licensed medical cannabis cultivation facility pursuant to Health Canada’s former Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (proposed Bylaw No. 4276) at its December 17, 2018 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4276 be referred to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission.

Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered the application at its January 22, 2019 meeting.

The LUC recommended that Bylaw No. 4276 be given first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its March 19, 2019 meeting.

The CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4276 first and second reading and direction that the bylaw proceed to public hearing at its April 10, 2019 meeting.

A public hearing will be held:

Date: April 30, 2019
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 Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

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 (proposed Bylaw No. 4234).

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.

The Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered the application at its meeting of June 5, 2018.

The LUC considered re-referral of the application to agencies and the Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission at its meeting of December 17, 2018.

Otter Point Advisory Planning Commission considered the application at its meeting of January 22, 2019.

The LUC recommended that Bylaw No. 4234 be given first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its meeting of March 19, 2019.

The CRD Board gave Bylaw No. 4234 first and second reading and direction that the bylaw proceed to public hearing at its April 10, 2019 meeting.

A public hearing will be held:

Date: April 30, 2019
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 Juan de Fuca Community Planning or call 250.642.8100.

Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application RZ000252 - Lot 1, District Lot 17, Renfrew District, Plan VIP57304 (Osprey Place)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to re-designate the subject property from Residential (R) to Tourism Commercial (TC), and to rezone the land from Community Residential – One (CR-1) to Tourism Commercial - One (TC-1), in order to provide guest accommodation in conjunction with an existing fishing guide business at its July 17, 2018 meeting. At this meeting the LUC recommended that proposed Bylaw No. 4254 be referred to agencies and to a public information meeting.

A public information meeting was held on August 9, 2018.

The LUC will consider recommending that Bylaw No. 4254 be given first and second reading and direction to proceed to public hearing at its meeting of March 19, 2019.

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 (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.

Public Information Meeting Notes

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 was held on February 26, 2018.

Public Information Meeting Notes

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

Comprehensive Community Plan Amendment Application RZ000242 (Pacific Gateway Marina)

The Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (LUC) considered the request to redesignate the following properties from Marine Protection (M) and Residential (R) to a new Pacific Gateway Marina (PGM) designation, and to rezone the subject properties from Marine (M) and Community Residential – One (CR-1) to a new Pacific Gateway Marina Comprehensive Development (PGM-CD) zone, in order to permit a mix of community uses, year-round residential accommodation, vacation properties, and commercial tourism, recreation and marina services to the general public at its September 18, 2018 meeting.

  • That Part of Section 97, Renfrew District as Shown Coloured Red on Plan 344R (PID: 009-592-342);
  • Lot 1, Section 97, Renfrew District, Plan EPP24972 (PID: 028-991-125);
  • That Part of District Lot 17, Renfrew District Shown Outlined in Red on Plan 347R (PID: 009-575-006); and
  • Those Parts of Block A and B, District Lot 751, Together with Unsurveyed Crown Foreshore or Land Covered by Water Being Part of the Bed of Port San Juan, All Within Renfrew District, Shown Outlined in Red on Licence V905027, Containing 3.86

At this meeting the LUC amended proposed Bylaw No. 4096 to add fish processing as a permitted use to the PGM-CD zone and directed referral of proposed Bylaw No. 4096, as amended, to external agencies. Bylaw No 4096 will also be referred to a public information meeting in Port Renfrew.

A public information meeting was held in Port Renfrew on December 11, 2018.

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 October 2018 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