I had mentioned in my last post that a second Neighbourhood Meeting was planned for June 4, 2013.  I have just learned that this date will conflict with a series of public meetings to be scheduled the last week of May and first week of June for the Official Community Plan review.  As a result, … Read more

Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan review process is gaining momentum.  The Project Charter (terms of agreement with the consultant) is now approved in principle by Council and planning for public consultation sessions is well underway, with start dates at the end of May.  Please watch this blog and the OB website for details. The process … Read more

  75th Birthday Celebration and Commemoration at Oak Bay Firehall The Oak Bay Fire Hall is the scene of an Open House April 13 and 14, with hot dogs, hamburgers and a meet and greet on Saturday and a special commemoration ceremony on Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m.  Please join our Fire Department in recognizing … Read more

Formerly known as the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), CRD regional planning staff attended and presented to Oak Bay Council the strategy that will see a 4-phase development process of a new Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS) framework over approximately 24 months. Nine policy options guide the RSS workplan that include: Sustainable Development Food Systems Ecological Health … Read more

Parks and Recreation Early Capital Approval Request I voted with Council to support a request from the Director for an early capital expenditure, to install a pool vacuum replacement, new turnstiles at the Recreation Centre entrance and a prep table cooler.  These capital improvements will enhance recreational services at the Rec Centre, address public health … Read more

I was pleased to be invited to attend and speak at the Community Association of Oak Bay’s AGM April 6th, where the focus of this year’s meeting was community planning and Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan (OCP) renewal process. Keynote speaker was freelance urban planner Kelly Gesner, who provided an inside look at community planning … Read more

I attended a special joint Police Board/Council meeting on March 26, to review and talk about the Oak Bay Police Department’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, completed and introduced in February 2013.  The Plan represents “an extensive internal and community consultation process”  designed to serve as a “road map” or guide to the future development of our … Read more

For Your Information:  Budget Estimates’ Meetings are scheduled for April 4 and April 10, 2013, Municipal Hall, commencing at 5:30 PM.  These meetings are open to the public. Hope to see you there.