Monthly Archives: May 2013

My View of the OCP Renewal Process So Far

As a Council member and member of the Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OPAC), my commitment to the review and renewal of Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is strong.  I believe in the process, I support the work of the OPAC and I attended almost all of the sessions, between May 25 and May 29, either to assist or as a “fly on the wall.”  I have learned that the best way to get to know my community and…

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May 27 Council Meeting Highlights

The Mayor congratulated the Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OPAC) and Chair Councilor Pam Copley for a successful community Open House on Saturday, May 25 at Windsor Park Pavilion. The Mayor reminded all of us about the Oak Bay Tea Party June 1st and 2nd.  The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and I will be among other Council members judging parade entries.  The Tea Party brings so many people to the Avenue and to Willows and is a wonderful…

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The Municipality of Oak Bay successfully launched its first community/public Open House as part of the first stage in the Official Community Plan review/renewal.  With the help of municipal staff, volunteers and Council members, Catherine Berris, consultant, led  community participants through a variety of feedback opportunities on topics ranging from environmental protection to transportation and business and commerce, to name just a few.  My congratulations to everyone involved in making this Open House a worthwhile experience and my thanks to…

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Local Resident’s Essay, “Old Oak Bay,” Is Contest Finalist

Local Oak Bay resident Christin Geall’s story about the value of Oak Bay’s heritage and history, titled “Old Oak Bay,” is a finalist in CBC’s Hyperlocal writing contest.  A jury will finally select the winner but the Canada’s Choice winner will be selected by CBC listeners and followers, on CBC’s Facebook page. Please visit the link below and click “Like” to support Christin and make her story a winner.

Highlights of May 21st Committee of the Whole Meeting

Deer Fence to Protect Dear Garden I voted with Council to approve in principle the installation of deer fencing to protect OakBay’s Heritage Native Plant Garden.  The request for deer fencing from Carol Davies (head volunteer gardener for OB’s Native Plant Garden), was made to the Parks and Recreation Commission, to protect the Garden’s indigenous and rare plant species, currently being decimated my a resident deer population of five living on Garden grounds. There was discussion among some Councilors suggesting…

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May 13 Public Hearing/Council Meeting Highlights and Official Community Plan (OCP) Community Consultation Schedule

A Public Hearing to adopt bylaw #4576, the Heritage Designation of 1265 Roslyn Rd. (home of Heritage Oak Bay volunteer Judith Andersen and husband Richard), opened the evening.  Adoption was unanimous and I acknowledged the generosity of the Andersens in requesting the designation and working with the Heritage Commission and municipal staff to make this a reality and a legacy to the community of Oak Bay.  Studies show that Heritage designation has many advantages, including adding to the market value…

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“Remember, bad governments are elected by good people who do not vote.”  Please vote from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at one of three polling stations in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head: Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Rd., Saanich Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill X Rd., Oak Bay Glenlyon Norfolk School, 1701 Beach Dr., Oak Bay Monterey Middle School, 851 Monterey, Oak Bay (accessible to the disabled)

Official Community Plan (OCP) Renewal Community Consultations Bloom this Spring

This spring will be a busy time for the community and for those involved with the OCP Renewal project, with two Open Houses scheduled for May 25, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Windsor Pavilion and June 4, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, and a series of Visioning Workshops for May 28 and 29 offered at various times on various topics, held in Municipal Council Chambers.  All sessions will be facilitated by consultant Catherine Berris, with the assistance…

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Events this Week

HALF DAY SESSION FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS AT MARITIME FORCES PACIFIC – CFB Esquimalt Representing the Mayor and Oak Bay Council, I was invited to Esquimalt, along with other locally elected Mayors and Council members, to a half day information session on our Canadian Forces Base renewal activities and a tour of some new facilities at the site. Welcomed by Admiral Truelove and Captain Auchtertonie (Base Commander), and attended by other Navy personnel, the session started with a tour of the…

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I regret to tell you that sometime between April 16 and 24, this ceramic and porcelain Chinese garden pedestal, identical to the one in the photo, but with a matching hexagonal pot sitting on the top, was taken from the front porch of our residence.  This theft has been reported to the Oak Bay Police. The real value to our family is that this stand and pot belonged to my grandparents and dates to c. early 1900’s, having been in…

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Highlights and My Return to the Blog

Hello everyone and I am back from a short break in sunny Hawaii.  We visited the Big Island and it was truly an amazing adventure. The Big Island has eleven micro-climates and landing at Kona must be similar to landing on the moon.  The volcanic landscape is stunning, stark and beautiful all at the same time.  We stayed at Waikaloa on the west coast where rainfall is minimal, compared to Hilo on the east coast. Vancouver Island and the Big…

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