Council sends Bowker to public hearing

Oak Bay council has yet to set the date for residents to have a say

The bylaw for the proposed Cadboro Bay Road and Bowker Avenue development is officially headed for public hearing.

A narrow majority of Oak Bay’s municipal council feels the four-storey, mixed-use building proposed by Abstract Developments is ready for that public debate.

In Mayor Nils Jensen’s absence, Coun. Michelle Kirby chaired the council meeting Monday night where the bylaw required officially headed for public hearing. Coun. Kevin Murdoch remains away on vacation as well and Coun. Tara Ney called in to participate in the discussion and vote Monday night.

Couns. Eric Zhelka and Hazel Braithwaite opposed the bylaw.

Zhelka reiterated his concern over size and massing.

“I do truly believe we need a proper housing strategy in place before we approve something like this that will change the face of Oak Bay,” Braithwaite said.

The proposal includes commercial space on the ground floor facing Cadboro Bay Road and residential on Bowker Avenue with a courtyard garden in the central area of the pie-shaped property.

Lot coverage, massing appearance, traffic and parking continue to be concerns.

The bylaw would consolidate 2258, 2268 and 2276 Cadboro Bay Rd. as well as 2247 Bowker Avenue and rezone the consolidated lot to a new Comprehensive Development Use – Bowker Village zone.

A potential date and location for the public hearing has not yet been determined, but a resolution could be brought to council during its April 10 meeting.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay youth give teens a voice, explore homelessness, talk to seniors for podcasts

Teens pleased as teacher adds podcast creation to English 12 class

Canadian National Standup Paddleboard races in Sidney this weekend

Three day event on the Sidney waterfront, May 25 to 27

Petition puts Haro Woods cyclists on notice

Locals say Saanich sends the wrong message by allowing cyclists in Haro Woods

City of Victoria looking for mural artists to work in Rock Bay

Concrete Canvas project aims to help beautify industrial neighbourhood later this summer

UPDATE: Missing senior Elsie Habbick has been found

The Victoria senior was reported missing Monday afternoon

VIDEO: Tide pool school draws a crowd to explore seaside in Oak Bay

Friends of Uplands Park hosted the inter-tidal exploration at Cattle Point on… Continue reading

Saanich and Victoria councils to meet next month to discuss steps to amalgamation

Issues likely to loom large in the June 26 meeting include the perceived clarity of the question

UBC professor claims victory at B.C. car race

A physics engineering professor had the fastest time during Kelowna hill climb race

Photo gallery: Saanich athletes at Island track and field championships

Sarah Kedves jumps to most inspirational award at track and field championships

MP Karina Gould back to Hill with baby Oliver for electoral reform bill

Gould brought Oliver to work with her as she resumed duties as democratic institutions minister

VIDEO: Footage of 2 shrieking lynx posted by Canadians goes viral

The videos — one shot by a man and his girlfriend — show two lynx sitting face-to-face, shrieking

Teen must repay $37M for starting Oregon wildfire

A teenager who started a major wildfire in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Canada’s G7 goal on development: luring private capital to poor nations

G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week

Most Read