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Our thanks to Sunriver Estates Ltd. for providing a venue, the Prestige Hotel on October 21st, for Sunriver and Sooke residents to express their thoughts and concerns related to the proposed Zoning Amendment.
Norm Eden, one of the four founders of Sunriver Estates Ltd., and Philip Buchanan a Project Engineer at JE Anderson & Associates were in attendance to present their plans and answer questions.
The Developer has completed or is in the process of completing ALL 715 units that they were permitted to build in Sunriver Estates. There is currently no provision/permit/zoning in place to build anything at the top of Sunriver Way. The Developer is planning to propose a zoning amendment to allow them to build an additional 50 single family homes with suites, as well as a 90 home bare land strata development virtually identical to Rivers Edge - all at the top of Sunriver Way.
As you might imagine, there was not one person who expressed support for this proposed development from the roughly 125 concerned residents in attendance at the meeting. Below are some of the most prominent issues as expressed by attendees;
By far the biggest concern expressed was the legitimate danger posed by only one primary exit road out of Sunriver Estates and the Phillips Road area. Forest fire, earthquake and other events that could prompt a call to evacuate the area are real threats to the thousands of residents surrounded by forest and water ways. Another emergency exit road is required to be constructed and in place before any further development is considered. This should be a gated road for emergency access only, as a through road will only bring excessive traffic from outside the subdivision using this as an East /West corridor of convenience or to avoid Sooke Road traffic - that would be an even worse situation for Sunriver and Phillips residents.
Speeding on Sunriver, Riverstone and Willowpark has been a long term concern of residents, especially those living on these exit roads as well as to pedestrians from throughout the subdivision who use the cross walks and sidewalks. The proposed 140 unit development (not including suites) would significantly increase the number of vehicle trips going in and out of those corridors, leading to enhanced safety concerns. Commercial vehicles, delivery vehicles, school and transit buses would all increase, leading to further danger, congestion and noise in the area.
Sunriver Estates was started in 2002, with ongoing and steady construction every year since. When locating here, residents were aware that this would be a 715 unit subdivision when complete, so have put up with the heavy truck and associated vehicle traffic, blasting, noise, and dirt for over 20 years. Residents are not prepared to put up with another 5- 7 years of construction for an additional very large phase of development. Developers and civic leadership should abide by the original development plan that was conveyed to buyers/residents.
Not only do these two small bridges serve as the only entry/exit road to people living in the area North of the bridges, but they also are used daily by commercial vehicles servicing the area, and more concerningly by HEAVY commercial vehicles involved in construction and development. Dump trucks loaded with rock routinely cross those bridges, yet there is no posted weight limit or monitoring of the situation. There is a call to have engineering assess the bridges for suitability of such vehicles with a posting of load limits. What is the life span of these bridges and what is the inevitable replacement plan?
Sunriver Way Action Group (SWAG) is made up of concerned Sooke residents, primarily living in the Phillips Rd. and Sunriver development area, who oppose granting the developer significantly increased development at the top of Sunriver Way via a Proposed Amendment to the currently approved/zoned number of homes in Sunriver Estates.
Sunriver subdivision, alone, already encompasses over 700 homes. Over twenty per cent of Sooke's population lives on the north side of two little bridges on Phillips Road, crossing Demamiel Creek. There are no schools, no retail stores, coffee shops, or other services available to this community within a reasonable walking distance in va
Sunriver subdivision, alone, already encompasses over 700 homes. Over twenty per cent of Sooke's population lives on the north side of two little bridges on Phillips Road, crossing Demamiel Creek. There are no schools, no retail stores, coffee shops, or other services available to this community within a reasonable walking distance in various weather conditions. Leaving automobile, school bus, or inadequate public transit as the only means of accessing these services. This is not in line with the Districts expresed concerns about climate change and the environment. Adding another several hundred vehicles to the mix only exacerbates the problem.
Forest fires are becoming a regular occurrence in our province, and not only in the summer months. Our area is completely surrounded by forest. An earthquake is predicted to happen today, tomorrow or twenty years from now - not if, but when. How will residents evacuate the area if such occurs? Traffic in this area is increasing weekly,
Forest fires are becoming a regular occurrence in our province, and not only in the summer months. Our area is completely surrounded by forest. An earthquake is predicted to happen today, tomorrow or twenty years from now - not if, but when. How will residents evacuate the area if such occurs? Traffic in this area is increasing weekly, another 250 to 400 vehicles travelling on the main arteries of Riverstone, Sunriver, and Phillips, will inevitably lead to many dangerous situations. The road systems were not designed to accommodate parking, two way traffic, heavy trucks and busses.
SWAG will endeavour to email updated information pertaining to this Rezoning Application
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