According to the District of Oak Bay documents, the home was built in 1913 by contractor Paterson and Neilson and cost about $1,500 to build. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

‘No backlog’ for Oak Bay building applications despite COVID-19

Oak Bay council resumes meetings in chamber

A 107-year-old house on the corner with a happy face and “goodbye” spray painted in large red font was demolished on Monday in a pile of dust and debris.

A new house will replace it at 2738 Cadboro Bay Rd., at the corner of Allenby Street.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, housing construction, demolition, and permit applications all remained stable in Oak Bay, though rezoning applications dipped.

However, Director of Building and Planning, Bruce Anderson, said he does not expect a backlog of applications now that Oak Bay council has resumed regular Monday sessions.

“During the recent months, the District continued to receive and process building permit applications at a normal pace,” Anderson said.

“We did see a reduction in other land use applications, such as rezoning.”

Staff maintained typical processing times for applications despite municipal hall being closed to the public, he said.

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There were four building and variance applications on the agenda for July 6 council, the first in-person session for staff and council since the COVID-19 shutdown. All were recommended by planning staff.

The owners of 3165 Midland Rd. are proposing a 7,000 square-foot (650 square-metre), two-storey single-family home.

The owners of 336 Newport Ave. are seeking a variance to add dormers for the upper floor of the 1912 single-family home.

Owners of 2326 Lincoln Rd. are also seeking a variance as they wish to build a detached two-car garage about 40 metres squared (430 sq. ft.). The 1951-built home currently has no accessory buildings.

The owners of 3145 Ripon Rd. want to build a single-storey shed that is three metres high and about 75 metres squared (800 square-feet).

reporter@oakbaynews.com

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