Oak Bay Mayor and council from top row left, Coun. Michelle Kirby, Tom Croft, Hazel Braithwaite, Kevin Murdoch (bottom row, from left) Coun. Tara Ney, Mayor Nils Jensen and Coun. Eric Zhelka. (Oak Bay District Photo)

Public Hearing tonight at 6 p.m., council at 7 p.m.

Heritage revitalization, secondary suites, Allan Cassidy Awards, Mayor’s Task Force on Engagement

A public hearing begins at 6 p.m. tonight at Oak Bay Municipal Hall in regards to 960 Foul Bay Rd. The property owner wishes to subdivide the land into four parcels, entering into a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the municipality to protect the heritage house that sits on the property by providing for its preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and maintenance. This is an opportunity for the public to have a say on this development.

Regular council meeting then begins at 7 p.m..

First topic of business for tonight’s council meeting is adopting the minutes from previous meetings that occurred on Feb. 13 (Public Hearing), Feb. 19 (Committee of the Whole), and Feb. 13 (Special Council).

Allan Cassidy Awards are next on the agenda. These awards recognize notable new buildings and renovations that enhance the streetscape or neighbourhood.

Oak Bay Tea Party Society will be requesting use of Willows again this year for the Oak Bay Tea Party and Parade and will be asking for $7,000.00 in financial assistance to organize the event.

The Community Association of Oak Bay will be asking council to use one of the District of Oak Bay’s free rentals of the Dave Dunnett Theatre for an all candidates meeting on Oct. 11 in advance of the election.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Public Engagement is requesting $10,000 to solicit support from an Engagement Consultant to help conduct two public forums and support the Task Force to complete the final report.

Then council will be asked to consider supporting a Statement of Significance for 1526 Beach Drive as well as for 1208 Oliver Street, placing a heritage designation on the properties, and including the properties on the Oak Bay Community Heritage Register. The property at 799 Linkleas Avenue which is already on the Oak Bay Community Heritage Register, is looking to get a heritage designation on the property.

Council will then receive Oak Bay Heritage Commission minutes.

New business is up next which gives the Chair and members of Council an opportunity to address new items not listed elsewhere on the agenda and to report back to Council on activities by other boards and committees.

Following that there will be a resolution notice to revise the 2018 Estimates Committee meeting schedule to:

  • April 4 – 5:30 pm: Joint meeting with Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission
  • April 5 – 5:30 pm: Estimates Committee
  • April 12 – 5:30 pm: Estimates Committee

A resolution notice for a Heritage Alteration Permit for 960 Foul Bay Road follows.

Councillor Eric Wood Zhelka will present a resolution notice entitled Minimizing Hazards related to Development in response to recent concerns relating to “lot-line to lot-line” excavations.

Coun. Tara Ney will then present her resolution in regards to legalizing secondary suites in Oak Bay. The resolution directs staff to prepare a report that outlines a project work plan , including timelines, next steps, and lead staff, with the stated goals of creating a public engagement plan to develop and implement policy, regulations, and bylaws for secondary suites in Oak Bay.

The evening wraps up with adoption of bylaws.

Subject to the outcome of the Public Hearing happening earlier in the evening about 960 Foul Bay Road, there will be third reading and adoption of the two bylaws in question.



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