Victoria, BC – The Juan de Fuca (JDF) Rural Resource Lands (RRL) Plan includes an Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw and covers the forest and resource lands west of Sooke in the JDF Electoral Area. Yesterday, the RRL Plan passed second reading by the Capital Regional District Board. The plan will now proceed to public hearing in January, before being resubmitted to the Board for consideration of final approval. The lands West of Sooke are mainly a combination of crown forest land and private tree farm license land, with small portions of privately held parcels. The plan provides land use, subdivision and planning regulations for the area.
“I am pleased to see this revised plan pass second reading,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “The plan will ensure the protection of our rural resource lands into the future, supporting a variety of uses and maintaining the rural character of the area.”
The primary goal of the plan is to protect the area’s natural resources in the context of resource and economic uses, maintenance of rural atmosphere and protection of the environment. The plan accommodates resource extraction, tourism, residential and recreational uses in appropriate locations. Forms of development that increase demands for services and infrastructure and that negatively impact the rural resource nature of the area are not supported.
Minimum parcel sizes for subdivision purposes have been set at 120 hectares for the Resource Lands, where lands have been removed from Private Managed Forest land status. The proposed zoning will allow for one single-family dwelling per parcel and one secondary suit or detached accessory suite. For a number of parcels located in the Agricultural Land Reserve and Rural Resource Lands zones, the minimum parcel size for subdivision purposes is 4 hectares, with a maximum of one single-family dwelling and one secondary suite or detached accessory suite.
“Our next step will be to hold a public hearing on this plan,” said JDF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks. “Residents will be able to give their opinion on how the plan and bylaws affect their interests, as well as how they work for their community and the region as a whole.”
The Rural Resource lands Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws are tentatively scheduled to go to Public Hearing on January 26, 2010 at the District of Sooke Council Chambers, 2225 Otter Point Road, at 7pm. For the purpose of this Public Hearing Phase of the consultation on the bylaws, all further correspondence pertaining to the plan must be sent to the JDF Planning Office before the date of the hearing. Submissions will also be accepted at the hearing.
Box 283, Sooke BC, V9Z 0S9
Tel: 250.642.1500 ext. 206
For further information, please visit the CRD website.
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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD