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February 17, 2016 edition of the Sooke News Mirror



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    The District of Sooke has begun a major review of its bylaws that date as far back as 1999.

    There are a number of our bylaws that need to be rewritten, said chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan.

    Sooke is 15 years old and there has never been a major review of the bylaws.

    The district has 630 bylaws that guide everything from devel-opment to elections. Zoning bylaws, for example, dictate how land can be used, such as where buildings can go, how buildings may be used, lot sizes and dimensions, building heights and parking requirements.

    Though bylaws have been tweaked over the years, district staff began a comprehen-sive review last week with the introduction of Bylaw 630, with pro-posed zoning amend-ments.

    Bylaw 630 updates Bylaw 600, the dis-tricts zoning bylaw, which makes changes to accessory dwelling units, micro brewery and artisan industries.

    Several months will be spent consulting the public and stakehold-ers, as well as council and staff, on the bylaw review.

    The result of those consultations will mean

    some bylaws will be rewritten others may be rescinded, Sullivan said.

    Key goals of the review will be to reflect the districts urban planning objectives and district standards, guidelines and policies.

    Acting mayor Kerrie Reay expects significant change, simply because so much has changed since the first bylaws were enacted with the

    districts incorporation in 1999.

    There are many con-tradictions between the [official community plan] and the zoning bylaws, she said.

    Bylaws need to be reviewed and to make sure theyre cur-rent, that they apply in todays environment and to make sure the bylaws complement one another and there isnt any contradiction.

    District begins review of outdated zoning bylaws


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    District of Sooke unveiled its new senior manage-ment team at last weeks council meeting.

    Chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan in announcing the seniors managers said they have been tasked with serving the public in a more effi-cient manner, with additional accountabilities being put in place to ensure we get the job done.

    We have eliminated silos within the organiza-tion that will lead increased sharing of work files to improve productivity and streamline processes. This will be the norm not the exception. These changes will enable greater efficiency to provide better service in a more timely fashion.

    The changes come after the departure of three key managers in a matter of weeks: corporate officer Bonnie Sprinkling, finance director Michael Dillabaugh and engineer Elisabeth Nelson.

    Sullivan took over as CAO in mid-December.

    The new senior management team includes:

    Teresa Sullivan, chief administra-tive officer

    Sullivan has extensive manage-ment experience with the B.C. gov-ernment. She holds a master of business administration in execu-tive leadership from Royal Roads University.

    Rob Howat, director of develop-ment services

    Howat became director of development services (a combination of the previous planning and engi-neering departments) and approving officer for the District of Sooke in September 2013. Previously, he worked with the provincial government for 35 years.

    Brent Blackhall, director of financeBlackhall has been with the District of Sooke for

    2.5 years as the deputy director of finance, and most recently as the acting director of finance. He came to the district from the Pacific Carbon Trust where he was director of finance.

    Gabryel Joseph, director of corporate servicesBefore joining the District of Sooke, Joseph

    worked for all three levels of government in Can-ada, including two provincial governments (Alberta and B.C.), and four municipalities.

    Steve Sorensen, fire chiefSorensen has been a member of the Sooke Fire

    Department for 35 years.Tina Hansen, acting corporate officerHansen has worked with the District of Sooke

    for the past nine years and has served in the role of corporate assistant for the last three years. She attained her certificate in local government admin-istration in 2012 through Capilano University.

    District of Sooke selects senior managers team



    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Tunes for Valentines DaySooke residents got a musical treat on Valentines Day from the Sooke Youth Show Choir, who sang around town, all day long. The singing young ladies were Laura van den Berk, Ava Dunn, Coral Keys, Nevaeh Perry, Aliya Perry, Angelina Carpenter-Ray and Ahdi Newell. Leading and directing them was Elena Hoath, assistant choir director for the Sooke Youth Show Choir. The event was to help raise money for the choirs production of Aladdin, coming to the Edward Milne Community School theatre in June.

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    A Tim Hortons restaurant will open in Sooke this fall as a drive-thru as part of an Esso gas station, a Tim Hortons spokesperson confirmed yesterday.

    We are pleased to confirm that we will be opening a new Tim Hortons in Sooke this fall, Hailey Dedominicis, senior manager of communications at Tim Hortons, wrote in an email. Con-veniently located within an Esso, this

    location will also serve guests through a drive-thru.

    The new Timmies will not be a stand-alone building, just a 750-foot drive-thru as part of the Esso.

    The news comes after the TSou-ke First Nation announced it has entered into a preliminary business arrange-ment with Tim Hortons and Esso, and plan to build the facility on undevel-oped TSou-ke reserve land along Sooke Road.

    While there is still much work to be

    done before any construction begi