Oak Bay Lodge details on display May 30

Information stations to be set up at locations around Oak Bay

More public consultation regarding Baptist Housing Society’s plans to redevelop the Oak Bay Lodge into a 320-bed facility to house seniors with dementia will begin today (May 30).

Focus Consulting group has organized information stations on May 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oak Bay recreation centre and from 2 p.m.. to 5 p.m. in Estevan Village.

The information stations will be set up on May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monterey recreation centre – in the lobby in front of the library, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of municipal hall.

Council is deciding whether to approve Baptist Housing Society’s application for height and parking variances in order to redevelop the 247-bed facility – the information boards will focus only on parking and height.

Three community input events will follow on June 5 and 6 and 19 with the latter being a special council meeting for public input at 7 p.m. at the Monterey recreation centre. The June 5 event is a residents roundtable from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Windsor Pavilion. The June 6 event is a community association roundtable starting at 7 p.m. at the Monterey recreation centre.

In addition to the community information sessions, Focus has set up a website which includes links to Baptist Housing, the District of Oak Bay and the Local Government Act. It also hosts downloadable material which includes a comparison between the existing lodge and the proposal, traffic assessment, parking, a shadow study, building height adjustments, footprint, viewscapes, Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan and the Oak Bay Lodge zoning.

More information will go to residents within 250 metres of the development in the mail sometime in June.

A balloon test, which is designed to give a visual representation of the height of the proposed building, will also be held.

According to the consultant’s timeline, council should make a decision on the Development Variance Permits allowing a higher building with fewer parking spaces on June 27.

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