Car ban proposed for Clive dwellers

Enforcement questioned on Clive development covenant that prevents tenants from owning a car once all of the parking stalls are allocated

The proposed Clive redevelopment will have a covenant preventing tenants from owning a car once all of the parking stalls are allocated, but two Oak Bay councillors don’t think the rule is enforceable.

Clive owner Nicole Roberts plans to demolish the current eight suite apartment building located at the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Clive Drive, and replace it with a 17-unit building.

She is seeking a number of zoning variances, mostly having to do with setbacks, but one is to reduce the required 39 parking stalls to 17. A parking study was conducted and found 17 parking stalls are enough. She has agreed to sign the covenant.

“It will be written in the tenancy agreement,” Roberts said. “It would be just like if you can’t have a pet.”

The current Clive has eight parking stalls and only three are being used, said Roberts.

“I would be taking a major risk as a developer, building a building without adequate parking,” she said, adding that each unit comes with a membership with the local car co-op. “The location makes it appropriate to have a smaller parking ratio.”

However, Oak Bay Coun. Kevin Murdoch doesn’t think kicking out a tenant who buys a car after moving in is the answer.

 

“The right thing to do is to have enough parking spots. That’s the obvious solution,” Murdoch said. “Car usage, according to the recent CRD (Capital Regional District) study has been going up, not down.”

 

Coun. John Herbert said enforcement would essentially fall onto the district and would involve going to court.

“The only way it sounded like it could be enforced, is if the municipality wants to go to court,” Herbert said. “That would probably cost $25,000 – and we might win or we might not win.”

Paul Woolley, communications director for the ministry responsible for housing, said the Residential Tenancy Act does cover car ownership and a tenancy agreement is strictly related to the rental unit, common areas of the building and property owned by the landlord. Woolley said if a tenancy agreement does not include parking, it is up to the tenant to find parking elsewhere.

 

A date for the public hearing on the proposed Clive redevelopment has yet to be confirmed.

 

 

Just Posted

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria bishop apologizes for church’s role in residential schools

Bishop Gary Gordon voices commitment to healing and reconciliation

Oak Bay Rotary Club member Lorna Curtis takes over as District Governor of Rotary District 5020 on July 1. (Courtesy Lorna Curtis)
Former Oak Bay recreation director goes international with Rotary

Lorna Curtis takes over as district governor on July 1

Police are asking opponents of logging near Port Renfrew not to involve their children following additional arrests Saturday. (Black Press Media File)
Police arrest eight protesters including two minors near Port Renfrew Saturday

RCMP ask parents not to involve their children in Fairy Creek logging protests

Future grads at Oak Bay High will have greater scholarship opportunities available through the Oak Bay Rotary Club. (Black Press Media file photo)
Private donor quadruples donations to Oak Bay Rotary scholarship funds

The club has awarded more than $25,000 to Oak Bay High students

Elaine Kirwin in her Expedia Cruises office talks about the future of travel. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Sidney travel agency charts course through pandemic

Owner of Expedia Cruises in Sidney expects smooth sailing ahead once travel restrictions lift

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read