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The community newspaper of record for Sooke and region.

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  • THE MUSEUM MAN Lee Boyko is the new execu-toive director at the Sooke

    Region Museum. Page 21

    Your community, your classifi eds P24 75Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 23Sports/stats Page 28

    Agreement#40110541

    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R

    Pirjo Raits photo

    Those interested in running for municipal council gathered to get a few tips from consultant Roy Roycroft.

    Running for public office? What you need to know if you plan to run for council

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    About 18 people filled the gallery at the District of Sooke council chambers on Thursday, Sept. 15 to listen to consultant Rob Roycroft explain what it means to run for public office.

    The two-hour session covered such topics as why people run for council, the challenges, what they need to be aware of and the upside as well as the pit-falls.

    The vast majority have a deep desire to make their community the best it can be, the electorate want and expect a good council, said Roycroft.

    He said everyone who runs is an independent and because they are out in the

    community everyday they are open to criticism and praise and have to be aware of their actions and stances on issues even before they seek a council seat.

    People with self-interest, specific issues, business or professional interests simi-lar to those of the district are likely not the best can-didates.

    The time commitment is a tedious one and candidates can expect to spend more time on council business than they ever thought. Council meets four times a month and then there are the committee and board commitments.

    There are demands dur-ing the day, evenings, week-ends and at the worst possi-ble times, stated Roycroft. It can impact your personal and employment life.

    The compensation is not much but Roycroft said that should not deter or pre-clude someone from run-

    ning for council.Expect to spend a lot of

    time on district business. The community is best served by a body represent-ing the broadest range of interest and abilities. He said that once elected a council member could expect to be available 24/7, nothing is off the record and confron-tation and arguments are commonplace.

    Its a dirty world out there, Roycroft warned.

    The mayors position pays a stipend of $20,100 plus expenses and councillors get $10,050 plus expenses. Conferences and travel are covered by the district.

    The longest discussion involved conflict of interest.

    Its the only thing that can get you fired, stated Rycroft.

    He said that you alone decide if you are in a posi-tion of conflict of interest

    CRD to lobby province to purchase JDF landsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The development proposal put forth by Ender Ilkay and Marine Trail Holdings may be dead in the water after the zoning was turned down by the Capital Regional Dis-trict (CRD) Land Use Committee A but the game isnt quite over.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 14, after the vote to deny the rezoning applica-tion, JDF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks put forth a motion to petition the province to purchase the lands from Ilkay.

    I made the motion, coming from the comments (at the public hear-ings) it was very clear that the peo-ple in the Juan de Fuca joined the people in the CRD, to purchase the land from Mr. Ilkay, said Hicks.

    The development application would have seen 257 cabins, one resort lodge, two recreation build-ings, six caretaker residences and a public park constructed adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Three days of public hearings showed almost unanimous public opposition to the proposal.

    There was very little support for a resort development of any size, said Hicks.

    Hicks stated that there were only three options for the lands in question: zone it, log it or buy it.

    Now were down to log it or buy it. Ive given it a lot of thought and not everyone is grasping the reality.

    He said he is supporting the CRD using some of their parks allocation funds to help the provincial government purchase these lands.

    Hicks said Ender Ilkay can now sell the property in seven separate parcels and each owner can log it or extract resources from it without the CRD having any power to stop it.

    We have to accept that, said Hicks. I feel content, in my heart I did the right thing for the Juan de Fuca constituents, now the onus is on the province. It is (close to) a

    provincial park and I hope they step up, its important to protect that land and move on.

    We are very much hoping that the prov-ince will work to intervene for the sake of the Marine Trail parklands, said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young in a media release. Release of the Tree Farm License lands in 2007 created an unprecedented situation

    for the CRD and for planning in the JDF Rural Resource area. The fallout from this decision could be partially mitigated by preserving the Marine Trail Holdings lands as parkland, which would prevent resource extraction in an area bor-dering the park. This is something that the CRD does not have the ability to achieve.

    In 2009, the CRD was unsuc-cessful in an appeal of the B.C. Supreme Courts December 2008 decision regarding Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (JDFEA) local area planning bylaws and the voting arrangement in the area. The

    appeals decision rendered a number of interim bylaws invalid, which were passed in response to the release of 28,000 hectares of land, owned by Western Forest Products (WFP) from Tree Farm Licenses 6, 19 and 25 on Vancouver Island by the B.C. Minister of Forests. The CRD bylaws were passed in order to give more time for planning and development decisions by the JDF commu-nity Land Use Committee and in consulta-tion with the community. The Marine Trail Holdings development application was sub-mitted before subsequent bylaws could be put into place.

    Following the development application denial, the CRD will also work to more clearly define development and protec-tion goals under the Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS), clarify roles and responsi-bilities for governments and adopt proto-col that will ensure greater consistency in Board decisions.

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    ceSudeMike Hicks

    JdFEA Director

    Continued on page 5

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