Oak Bay set its public hearing for its draft official community plan for Sept. 9.
Council passed the first two readings and sent the document off to agencies such as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, Capital Regional District, neighbouring municipalities and the provincial and federal governments for review.
Workshops and open houses started in May 2013 and the last public session was held late last month for the OCP review, led by an advisory committee.
“I feel very much more connected to the community in very different ways and on different levels as a result of their process,” said Coun. Pam Copley, who chaired the committee.
A handful of people took advantage of public participation time Monday night to address concerns – both for and opposed to – population growth and infill housing addressed in the draft OCP.
“We know our community is changing and will continue to change,” said Mayor Nils Jensen. “It is important to remember this is a living document … this isn’t written in stone.”
Residents will again have a say at the public hearing Sept. 9 at Monterey recreation centre, 1442 Monterey Ave. at 6 p.m.