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)

Rundown of the double header tonight at Oak Bay municipal hall

Last meetings of the year for council and committee of the whole happening tonight

Tonight there will be a double header at municipal hall as the last committee of the whole and council meetings happen on the same night to wrap up the year.

The open portion of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m. with the committee of the whole.

Chief Constable Andrew Brinton and Deputy Chief Constable Ray Bernoties will start things off by presenting the Oak Bay Police Department 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan to the committee.

That will be followed by the Community Association of Oak Bay and Victoria Placemaking Network discussing the results of their public engagement process in regards to possibilities and visions for Turkey Head.

Next, the committee will hear from Deborah Jensen, acting director of Building and Planning, who is presenting the committee with a revised site layout for a heritage revitalization agreement application for 960 Foul Bay Rd. The owner is looking to create four single family lots and restore a heritage home at 960 Foul Bay Road.

Banning single-use plastic checkout bags is next up on the agenda. The City of Victoria has written to municipalities asking that they consider adopting regulations that would restrict single-bag use. As both staff and financial resources will be required to move this project forward, Director of Corporate Services, Warren Jones, will bring forward a staff recommendation to refer the issue to Council’s next priority setting session so it may be considered in the context of other Council priorities.

To close out the committee of the whole portion of the evening, the Mayors Task Force on Community Engagement will discuss their final draft report Achieving Transparency.

From there, the open portion of the council meeting will begin.

First topic of business is adopting the minutes from the council meeting that occurred on Nov. 27.

Then will be the endorsement of recommendations from the committee of the whole. Typically recommendations from Committee of the Whole which do not have an additional process to be addressed are considered for adoption at the next Council meeting through the Committee of the Whole minutes. As the next council meeting is not scheduled until January 8, 2018, the recommendations for the following items will be considered pending the outcome of the Committee of the Whole Meeting.

  • Recommendation Community Association of Oak Bay Turkey Head Recommendation
  • Recommendation – 960 Foul Bay Road
  • Recommendation – Single-Use Checkout Bag Regulations
  • Recommendation – Mayors Task Force on Community Engagement – Achieving Transparency

Then Mayor Nils Jensen will give his annual remarks.

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.

That will be followed by Oak Bay Tourism presenting their 2018 budget and business plan.

Then Financial Services will propose to council replacing aging printers through a provincial agreement that would save the municipality 24 per cent in annual operating costs.

Financial Services will also be presenting to council the water and sewer budgets and rates for 2018.

Continuing with council, Financial Services will propose an amendment to the 2017 – 2021 Financial Plan that reflect alterations to the 2018 budget to accommodate “early approval” of a limited number of capital projects for 2018 since they will come forward to Council early in 2018, prior to Estimates Committee meetings.

A zoning amendment application is up next for 1605 York Place seeking to permit a two lot subdivision at 1605 York Place.

The Building and Planning Department will then present the monthly report of Active Land Use Applications that are under review by the department.

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.

Council will confirm the 2018 Council Committee and Commission appointments as well as the 2018 Meeting Schedule.

The final portion of the meeting will address bylaws – water and sewer rates, heritage designation, and mayor and councillors annual indemnity.


 

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