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December 7, 2015

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December 2015

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SURVEYS

Water Supply Survey 2015

We had an extreme drought this past summer--did your water supply suffer? Please take the time to complete our water survey to give us a sense of how this hot and dry summer has affected our members

We ran a similar survey last fall. We hope to be able to compare the 2014 survey with the 2015 survey.

The Survey is now closed
Results
OPSRRA Water Supply Survey 2015
 

Wildlife Survey

Communities can reduce the frequency and intensity of human-bear conflicts. The process involves a shift from the reactive management of “problem” bears to the proactive management of the attractants that draw bears into the communities. This management plan includes components on monitoring human-bear conflicts, education, managing waste, implementing and enforcing bylaws, managing green space, and community planning. Your input will offer insight for your community)

Your participation in this survey is anonymous.

OPSRRA will publish the results in the October OPSRRA newsletter, and send the results to the Regional Director and our MLA.
 

The Survey is now closed
Results and comments
OPSRRA Wildlife Interaction Survey Results

OPSRRA Wildlife Interaction Survey Comments

 

Water Supply Survey

We’ve had a very dry summer. Is your water supply suffering?

Island water shortages have been in the news; we're probably all curious to know if this summer has caused issues with our local water supplies. OPSRRA has put together a short survey to find out if our area has experienced water shortages.

Please complete the ONLY the section(s) that apply to you. (Complete more than one section if you have more than one water supply.)

Your participation in this survey is anonymous.

OPSRRA will publish the results in the October OPSRRA newsletter, and send the results to the Regional Director and our MLA.
 

The Survey is now closed
Results and comments
The "results" file contains graphs of the survey results broken down by water supply type.
Water survey summary

Medical Marijuana Production Facilities in the JDFEA

This month’s OPSRRA survey asks your opinion about establishing medical marijuana facilities in our community as well as questions about location, setbacks from property lines and spot zoning. Your participation in the survey is anonymous. The results will be published in the April issue of this newsletter and sent to the JDFEA Regional Director and the JDFEA Land Use Committee.
This Survey is now closed
Results and comments
Note: We did a preliminary test and 3 of the 29 respondents answered a slightly different version of the survey resulting in a discrepancy in the number of  responses reported.

The "results" file contains graphs and tables of the survey results.
The "comments" file contains just the comments sorted by topic and then by community.

Medical marijuana survey results

Medical marijuana survey comments

 

OPSRRA Newsletter

Our newsletter is now 10 years old, and we email it to over 300 of our members and interested people.
We would like to know what you think about the newsletter and any changes you would like us to consider making to its content and/or the way it is distributed.

Read the September, 2013 issue of the OPSRRA newsletter for more information about this survey.

This Survey is now closed
Results and comments
The "results" file contains graphs and tables of the survey results.
The "comments" file contains just the comments sorted by topic and then by community.

Newsletter survey results

Newsletter survey comments

Responses to OPSRRA surveys are anonymous. The results will be published in the October newsletter and shared with our Regional Director and provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly.

 

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (JDFEA) Governance

Governance refers to how our elected representatives use the legislation and policies they rely on to administer government. Governance can be influenced by the leadership style and values of the individuals whom we elect to be our government representatives, as well as the size, cost, efficiency and effectiveness of their administration.
Good government is often a personal opinion based upon how well you feel government is meeting your needs as well as the broader needs of your community.

Read the May, 2013 issue of the OPSRRA newsletter for more information about this survey.

This Survey is now closed
Results and comments
The "results" file contains graphs and tables of the survey results.
The "comments" file contains just the comments sorted by topic and then by community.

Governance survey results

Governance survey comments

Responses to OPSRRA surveys are anonymous. The results will be published in the June newsletter and shared with our Regional Director and provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly.

 

Community Amenities and Services

This survey lists amenities and community services that most residents of our area can access. Please identify the ones most important to you, and whether or not you would support paying more taxes or an additional service fees to gain access to, maintain or improve any of those services.

Support for a community service (such as a fire department or a hospice) is important in that usually such services can only be provided through a joint effort. While some can be operated as a business (such as our garbage collection service) most must be funded by tax dollars or donations, and operated by a combination of paid staff and/or volunteers.

Amenities are different. The days when local families donated land for a community hall or school site as part of their life in the community seem to be moving into history. Nowadays parks, wildlife protection areas and land for playing fields or schools are usually funded through tax dollars or donations.

More and more, communities depend on developers to provide such amenities when new housing is added to a community. The Local Government Act mandates, for some subdivisions, that 5% of land or 5% of the cash value of land be dedicated for parks. It also requires school sites in some instances. In addition to providing amenities required by the Act, developers may also negotiate two-way benefits such as greater density in a subdivision in return for a higher percentage of land or value provided for parks and trails. Other amenities may be negotiated with a developer as well.

This Survey is now closed

Responses to OPSRRA surveys are anonymous. The results of this survey will be published in the next issue of the OPSRRA newsletter and shared with Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning Services and the Regional Director.

Results and comments
The following files contain the survey results in different formats.
The "results" file contains the formatted version of the entire survey results sorted by community.
The "comments" file contains just the comments sorted by topic and then by community.

Community services graphical summary
Community services results (legal size sheets)
Community services comments

 

Water (second survey)

The first water survey (October) asked questions about whether your water needs were being met, its quality, quantity and any safety concerns. This follow-up water survey's purpose is to collect additional information that will further an understanding of water and how it is used in our community.

Responses to OPSRRA surveys are anonymous. The results of this survey will be published in the next issue of the OPSRRA newsletter and shared with Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning Services and the Regional Director.

 

Results and comments

This survey was a little too complex to summarize easily. We formatted the complete survey in two PDFs sorted by community (one file contains the entire spreadsheet on one very large unprintable file, and the other file is somewhat printer friendly on legal-size paper). A separate file lists the comments in an easier to read format.

One-page or printer friendly survey
View Comments only.
Water (second survey) graphical summary.

This Survey is now closed

 

Water (first survey)

Results and comments

This survey was a little too complex to summarize easily. We formatted the complete survey as a PDF and have links to both the survey (includes the comments) and a separate 'comments' file (a little easier to read the comments).

The water survey sorted by community, then by main water source.
View Comments only.
Water survey graphical summary

This Survey is now closed

It may surprise some, but water doesn’t come from a tap! Think about it; it has to originate somewhere else before it gets to your place. Where that is, how it gets there and whether it will continue to arrive at your tap can make rural living a challenge that separates us from our urban cousins who, of course, get their water from a tap and often don’t understand our seasonal preoccupation with water.

Your participation in the October water survey will help provide necessary background information about water use and water resources in our community. The information we receive will be shared with the organizers of a proposed water forum, the guest speakers at the November Town Hall meeting and the CRD Planning Services staff who are working on our local OCPs.

 

Triathlon

Results

Questions

Community Response

Total
  Shirley Otter Point Jordan River other Yes No
Which Community do you live in? 49 20 0 3 - -
Were you aware there was a race Sunday, October 12?

48 Y
1 N

19 Y
1 N

-

3 Y

70

2

Were you inconvenienced by the closure of parts of Otter Point Road and/or Highway 14?

32 Y
17 N

13 Y
7 N

-

2 Y
1

47

25

Should the cycling event be relocated from this portion of Highway 14?

40 Y
9 N

10 Y
10 N

-

1 Y
2 N

51

21

If this route is maintained, should response times for emergency vehicles be guaranteed by the event organizers?

47 Y
2 N

18 Y
2 N

-

1 Y
2 N

67

5

If this route is maintained, should local businesses be compensated for lost business?

34
15

12 Y
8 N

-

2 Y
1 N

48

24

If this route is maintained, should the event organizers be required To meet with representatives from local fire, police and ambulance to agree on an emergency services plan for race day?

48 Y
1 N

20 Y
- N

-

3 Y
- N

71

1

Comments received
Triathlon survey graphical summary

This Survey is now closed

Sooke Subaru Triathlon: The August 12 triathlon required the closure of portions of Highway 14 from Gordon's Beach in Otter Point to past Jordan River from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Limited access to businesses and the timely response of emergency vehicles was a concern for some.
See the OPSRRA September newsletter for details.
 

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Services Building

Results

Questions Yes No
Should the cost of borrowing the estimated 1.3 million dollars to build a JDFEA Services Building go to public referendum? 20 18
Would you support the idea of owning a building if the cost was about the same as renting? 35 3
Is locating the building in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area an important consideration? 33 5
Do you support the idea of adding an 80 seat meeting room to accommodate community meetings?* 33 4
* One respondent said it would depend on any additional cost
Services building survey graphical summary

This survey is now closed

The building in Sooke which is leased by Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Planning & Protective Services has been sold. The lease expires December 2013. The Regional Director is looking into the costs and benefits of owning a building rather than renting.
Proposed Services Building Drawings
See the OPSRRA August newsletter for more details.
 

UPDATING OPSRRA’S CONSTITUTION

Results

Questions Yes No
Should OPSRRA change its boundary from fire protection to Official Community Plan? 26 1
Should the OPSRRA membership boundary be changed to include Jordan River? 26 1
Should the minimum age be changed from 19 to 18? 27 -
Should the OPSRRA constitution be broadened to include its community education activities? 26 1
Constitution survey graphical summary

This survey is now closed

Please take a few minutes and give us your thoughts.
Send any additional comments about proposed changes to the constitution to the OPSRRA directors at opsrra@gmail.com
The information below was included in the June 2012 OPSRRA newsletter

Background:
OPSRRA was created in 1982. Our bylaws are very basic and have served us well. However the association has expanded its activities over the past 20 years and some of those changes may not be reflected in our bylaws. For example: