Planning

The Planning Department is responsible for the provision of Planning Services within the Municipality. These services include long range and current planning, review of development proposals and the provision of general development information.

Visit the documents section of our website for application forms, bylaws, policies and long-range plans around land use.

If you are thinking about developing a property, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Department at (250) 642-1634. We would be happy to discuss development opportunities permitted through the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw.

In This Department

Housing

Over the last decade, the housing market in the District of Sooke (the District) and the Capital Regional District has seen remarkable changes; home ownership prices have increased dramatically and the availability of rental housing in Sooke is very low. The District is experiencing the pressures of growth; specifically, in residential development. To help ensure that the District is meeting the needs of the community a comprehensive and holistic Housing Needs Report is required. A Housing Needs Report is a means for the District to better understand the current and future housing needs. The report will provide an overview of the District’s current housing availability, suitability, and affordability across the entire housing continuum from basic shelter to the availability of high-end real estate.

In early 2019, the province made these reports a requirement and inserted the legislation into The Local Government Act and the Vancouver Charter. Communities in BC are now required to report on current and project housing needs and collect approximately 50 kinds of data about current and project population, household income, significant economic sectors, and the currently available and anticipated housing units. The projections must look at least five years forward and be updated every five years.

Housing Needs Report

This year, the District of Sooke is collecting information for the first Sooke Housing Needs Report. Every household should have access to housing that is affordable, adequate and suitable for their incomes, household size, and needs.

Sign Regulation Bylaw

The District of Sooke Council adopted Bylaw 480 Sign Regulation Bylaw 2011, on October 11, 2011.

The intent of this Bylaw is to:

  • encourage the effective and equitable use of signs as a means of identifying businesses and services;
  • encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication;
  • enhance the appearance of the Municipality by regulating the size, height, design and location of permitted signs;
  • apply the sign regulations in a fair and consistent manner;
  • protect the public from the dangers of inferior sign construction and from nuisance or hazards arising from improperly maintained, repaired or sited signs;
  • regulate the construction, maintenance, repair, replacement and removal of signs; and
  • regulate the issuance of sign permits.

The Land Use and Environment Committee is currently reviewing Bylaw No. 480, Sign Regulation Bylaw, 2011. The Committee has provided the following direction to staff:

  • to enter into discussion with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as to the installation of wayfinding signage on Highway 14 (Sooke Road);
  • to work with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce to determine any issues with Bylaw No. 480, Sign Regulation Bylaw that require an amendment to Bylaw No. 480;
  • to finalize the Town Centre Guidelines policy (public process) to determine any proposed changes to size or style of signs that require an amendment to Bylaw No. 480; Town Centre Guidelines

Upon obtaining a decision with MOTI as to the wayfinding signage and the identification of proposed amendments to the Bylaw No. 480, staff will bring forward draft bylaw amendments to the Committee for review.

Zoning

Find out the zoning on my property?

The Zoning Bylaw sets out the zoning on properties located within the District of Sooke boundaries.

The Zoning Map is available as a layer in our interactive web map. It is recommended that you confirm the zone of your property with the Planning department before you make any decisions as to building, development, permitted uses, etc.

DISCLAIMER: These are unofficial documents of the District of Sooke and are consolidated from a variety of sources for convenience purposes only and are not to be relied upon in making financial or other commitments. The District of Sooke does not warrant the accuracy of information on these documents nor will it accept responsibility for errors or omissions. The District of Sooke reserves the right to alter or update this information without notice.

Please contact the District of Sooke Planning Department before making decisions based on these documents.