Cyclists can enjoy the views Oak Bay has to offer as the Oak Bay Marina bicycle rentals near official degree. Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News

Oak Bay council allows for cycling rentals at marina

Heritage home demolition application under review, grant requests for budget discussion

Marina cycling headed for public hearing

The bylaw to allow for bicycle rentals is headed for public hearing.

Last spring, council approved the idea in principal, approving lack of enforcement for the summer because of the expected 10 to 12 months to process an Oak Bay Marine Group application.

A full 10 months later, they approved the bylaw heading for public hearing. The proposed use doesn’t result in any additional infrastructure, with the exception of a new bicycle stand located in front of the gift shop. The date of the public hearing has not yet been set.

Grant requests head for budget meeting

During its meeting March 27, council approved a handful of additions to the grant requests to be considered during the April 12 and 19 budget meetings at municipal hall.

First-time applicant Greater Victoria Festival Society applied for $2,500 for the 2017 Island Fanns Victoria Day Parade Commemorating Canada’s 150th Birthday.

Oak Bay Volunteer Services, applied for the same funds received last year – $30,000. Coun. Eric Zhelka stepped out for the discussion and vote as volunteer with the organization.

The Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, seeks $30,000, the same as it received last year.

Oak Bay Heritage Foundation applied for $3,000 and the University of Victoria USports championships applied for $3,500. Oak Bay budget discussions start April 12 at 5 p.m. at municipal hall.

Home headed for heritage review

A heritage home is up for review after an application to demolish the home which is on the community heritage registry

The Windsor Road home is included in the Community Heritage Register and is considered of heritage value for its association with Dr. John Chapman Davie, and one of the earliest homes constructed during a building boom before the First World War. Built of a vernacular style, it includes key elements such as its picturesque location, its form, scale and massing, jerkin headed dormer, shutters, and double hung sash windows.

Council approved a temporary protection of a property for 60 days and referred the proposed development to the Heritage Commission for review and recommendation. This recommendation will then be incorporated into a staff report to be brought forward to a future council meeting.

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