Oak Bay OCP has great future vision

Toronto visitor praises draft community plan

In 2008/2009 I lived on Newport Avenue, loved the neighbourhood! For family reasons, I returned to Toronto but come back regularly to enjoy the weather, long walks, interesting architecture and being in a beautiful older community.

Recently, I came back for yet another springtime visit. I enjoy wandering around, looking at gardens and homes. I was gobsmacked by the number of demolitions underway – especially in the Uplands.

I now live in Toronto where things are changing rapidly. The rush for revenue from new construction is removing the character of the city. I commend Oak Bay for creating a wonderful official community plan. It provides a thoughtful framework to guide your city on how to preserve its character while moving forward.

I think it is light years ahead of other cities when it addresses climate change, preserving green space and parks, supporting local businesses and by the variety of transportation options that can meet the changing needs of all residents.

The thought put into housing options is especially impressive. By creating affordable options in the city with rentals, live work spaces, duplexes and triplexes while regulating secondary suites will ensure that Oak Bay will remain a livable community for generations to come.

Each time I visit, I appreciate the incredible beauty of Oak Bay. I enjoy my many visits and wish you the best in moving forward.

Sue Wolfraim

Toronto

 

 

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