Editorial: Time is now to join infill discussion

Residents should weigh in with ideas, concerns and questions regarding the question of infill

No topic – even the issue of deer – has generated as much interest among letter writers in recent months as the question of infill housing.

Some are keen to find new or innovative ways to accommodate families and seniors who may find it increasingly difficult to find or afford a home in Oak Bay.

Others worry about the issues infill housing can bring, such as traffic and parking concerns, changes to the tree canopy and streetscape, and pressures on our infrastructure.

On Saturday, the district hosts two public discussions on the topic, and residents are urged to share their thoughts on this critical component of the official community plan.

The guiding document calls on council to consider different forms of infill housing – focused in areas designated established neighbourhoods – such as subdivision of larger lots, duplexes, triplexes, laneway houses and garden suites.

That begins with community members taking the time to engage with the district about what level of infill housing they would like to see and what form it should take.

Saturday’s sessions at the University of Victoria are not the end of the discussion but rather a starting point that will include information boards, a presentation to the public and a question-and-answer session.

“I don’t want to be just speaking to people, I want to engage,” said Oak Bay planner Deborah Jensen.

“It’s a good way for us to start having a conversation with the community.”

Also on Saturday, the district launches an online survey at oakbay.ca for residents to provide feedback on the proposed infill housing strategy.

Two ways to get involved at the start of the discussion, with more to follow.

Share concerns, ask questions, offer suggestions.

Have your say.

 

Just Posted

Humboldt bike lanes next in Victoria’s Biketoria plan

Public input sought on new designs; protected two-way, shared lanes being considered

Smouldering U-Haul snarls Pat Bay traffic

Afternoon commuters were reduced to one northbound lane after a U-Haul cube… Continue reading

Oxford Dictionary responds by video to Victoria boy’s bid for levidrome

William Shatner tweet garners attention of Oxford

Students set to design Oak Bay travel corridor

Architects, politicians, police, and HASTe advise students on Cadboro Bay Road project

Ghost Cat disappears on Beach Drive

Sculpture sold, set to be replaced by Ocean in Motion

VIDEO: Sara-Jeanne Hosie adds music to Wintertime in Oak Bay

Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Company C stages Wintertime starting Nov. 29

Saanich among safest communities in Canada

It is the sort of list where you want to finish near… Continue reading

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

15 arrested as Duncan police raid yields drugs, stolen property

Arrests made, drugs and stolen property seized

English Inn offers public tours of Esquimalt redevelopment

General manager wants to clear up miscommunications and gather community input

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

Most Read