OAK BAY: Hold vote before OCP

The objective of Oak Bay’s existing (1996) official community plan was to maintain quiet, low density residential neighbourhoods.

The objective of Oak Bay’s existing (1996) official community plan was to maintain quiet, low density residential neighbourhoods.

The objective of Oak Bay’s next OCP is to increase density by means of infill residential development.

The new plan encourages subdivision of existing lots and construction of new houses with larger floor ratios and greater heights.

The old goals of maintaining Oak Bay’s green landscaped character and low profile buildings are replaced by goals of growth and densification.

Although the draft of the new plan pays lip service to provision of more affordable housing, experience of such “densification” indicates that old houses are torn down and replaced by two or three large new ones that are not more affordable.

Although the draft of the new plan makes repeated reference to the survey that was mailed out to residents, that survey did not ask whether residents favour densification and left residents no way to express opposition to it.

If mayor Jensen and Oak Bay council are eager to spur on Oak Bay’s growth so that new houses will be built at a much greater rate than CRD forecasts (the draft plan suggests 72 new houses per year instead of the projected 28) then I suggest they campaign on such a change in the fall election before making this new plan the law.

I do not recall anyone mentioning this radical change during the last campaign and the residents of Oak Bay are entitled to make their choices known before the bulldozers move in.

C.J. Murray

Oak Bay

 

Just Posted

Esquimalt speed skating week helps province determine find fastest skater

Speed Week takes place on Dec. 17 at Archie Browning arena

Goldstream church offers free festive feast

Gordon United Church says all are welcome to attend Monday’s meal

Longtime Saanich drama group brings pirates onstage for traditional Christmas pantomime

St. Luke’s Players present Treasure Island Dec. 18 to Jan. 4

Sex workers march in downtown Victoria for Red Umbrella Day

Red umbrellas became a symbol of sex workers after an art installation in Italy

MLA Adam Olsen calls for ‘substantial’ changes in provincial economy

Green Party MLA also criticizes gap between government rhetoric and actions

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Pacioretty scores 2, Golden Knights top Canucks 6-3

Vegas goalie Fleury gets win No. 452

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Most Read