Linda Allen

Young residents encouraged to get involved in Oak Bay’s future

Change is going to happen in Oak Bay, so plan for it and think about future generations while doing so

Change is going to happen in Oak Bay, so plan for it and think about future generations while doing so.

That is the message attendees were given at the Oak Bay Tomorrow, Creating our Future forum held Saturday by the Community Association of Oak Bay (CAOB). About 50 people attended the afternoon discussion at Oak Bay United Church, which featured a presentation from three Victoria-area planning experts. Capital Regional District planner Sue Hallat explained the involvement of various government levels when it comes to planning. City Spaces Consulting president and planner Linda Allen explained what Official Community Plans (OCP) are, and City of Victoria senior planner Brian Sikstrom spoke about Victoria’s recent experience with drafting a new OCP. He also talked about housing and how Victoria has encouraged illegal secondary suite owners to legalize suites by offering grants to homeowners for registering them.

CAOB board member Joseph Blake said the forum’s purpose was to inform and encourage people to participate in planning Oak Bay’s future, especially now as the district is in the middle of drafting a new OCP.

“The forum was to educate people on what we can do as a community to make our community better and how we determine what’s better,” said CAOB board member Joseph Blake. “You can tell by how the people spoke where they came from on the political spectrum, from right to left. What is unifying them, is that they all care about their community.”

The forum touched on affordable housing, density and transportation and after the presentations, people broke into groups to discuss what they heard. He was happy with the turn-out but noted there was a lack of younger people in attendance.

“We’re beginning to get more young families in Oak Bay and they are usually too busy to do this kind of stuff, but it would be really great to get young people involved,” Blake said. “This will affect them the most.”

The next CAOB event is its annual general meeting on March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. The next forum is slated for the spring.


More information about the CAOB, which publishes the Oak Bay Connector, can be found at



Just Posted

Oak Bay High student selected for Canada Youth Olympic Team

Barbarians rugby player Lachlan Kratz heads to Las Vegas for Qualifiers

Man charged in suspected Greater Victoria bus assault

The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man for sexual assault aboard… Continue reading

Library’s French collection gets $15,000 boost

Provincial grant adds extra French-language materials to Greater Victoria Public Library collection

Cruise Industry Job Fair on Saturday

Nearly 900 jobs created by the industry

Celebrating the heroic dogs of Saanich past

Cedar Hill exhibit features great dogs of history

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

B.C. Winter Games athletes work for gold in the last full day of competition

Minor injuries after car veers into Courtenay dance studio

A driver and passenger were taken to hospital after their vehicle crashed… Continue reading

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Cougars hold upper hand on Westshore in VIJHL South semifinal

Victoria leads series 2-0, games 3 and 4 go tonight and tomorrow

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

Snowboarding debuts at B.C. Games

Merren deBellefeuille was lone Vancouver Island (Zone 6) athlete in ladies’ snowboard cross

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5-week second parent leave: official

Goal behind the measure is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities

Most Read