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)

Oak Bay Council meeting at a glance

Deer management, sewer costs, community emergency preparedness, and more

The open portion of tonight’s council meeting begins at 7 p.m. after an adjournment to in camera that begins at 5:30 p.m.

First topic of business once open, will be is adopting the minutes from the last council meeting that occurred on Oct. 23.

Next will be the Mayor remarks where the Chair will address topics of interest, as determined by the Mayor.

This will be followed by a public participation period, which is an opportunity for members of the public in attendance at the meeting to address Council regarding topics that directly impact the District of Oak Bay, as determined by the Chair. Public comments are not to exceed 3 minutes each.

Next, Fire Chief Dave Cockle will share with council the grant opportunities that are available through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. He will be asking council to submit an application to access those grants in order to:

  • Provide secure and accessible storage for Emergency Social Services (ESS) and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) equipment and supplies.
  • Provide funding for staff and volunteer ESS and EOC training and exercises.

Following that, Warren Jones, Director of Corporate Services, will present his report and research funding request related to Oak Bay deer management. He is recommending that Council apply to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for a matching grant of $20,000 to implement the next phases of the Oak Bay Deer Management.

This will be followed by Council reconsidering the decision from last meeting that resolved to change how Oak Bay residents are charged sewage costs. While that decision was almost unanimous, Mayor Jensen has brought it back to Council for reconsideration. Debbie Carter, Director of Financial Services will explain two different options for implementing the changes should Council decide to go ahead with the change.

Warren Jones will be back at the microphone recommending that Council approve the Work Plan prepared by the Heritage Conservation Area Working Group.

Next, Deborah Jensen will present the monthly report of active land use applications under review by the Building and Planning Department.

Then Council will be asked to adopt the minutes from Oak Bay Advisory Design Panel’s Oct. 3 meeting.

The Correspondence section of the meeting is next sharing a letter of support for the variance request of 1743 Armstrong Avenue which will be heard in the final portion of the meeting.

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.

The agenda concludes with four resolutions all pertaining to Development Variance Permit Applications for the following addresses:

  • 2677 Lincoln Road
  • 2042 Carnarvon St
  • 1743 Armstrong Avenue
  • 1984 Crescent Road

The meeting will then be adjourned.


 

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