Oak Bay Watch has identified four core issues requiring ongoing community stewardship. We also provide corresponding concrete alternatives to all of them.
1. Good Governance and the Implementation of the Official Community Planning (OCP)
We believe in "due process" and in absolute community involvement. The OCP is based on assumptions that are radically different from those of it predecessor. It was tailored by external consultants with limited understanding of who we are as a community. As a vital guidelines to shape up our future, it is absolutely essential that an OCP reflects the needs and desires of a fully informed community, in which "pros" and "cons" of each proposal is thoroughly considered and discussed. A few residents, council members and city staff have......
2. Zoning and Development (Bylaws).....(more)
We would like Oak Bay Council to establish clear development guidelines that enforce limits on building size and lot coverage, and ensure our streetscapes continue to boast homes of proportionate size relative to their surroundings. Immediate implementation of relevant recommendation of the new Floor Area Ratio Report is suggested as a first step. We would like Oak Bay Council to reduce their 93% approval rate of any variance proposed.
3. Transparency and Community Participation
We believe in unconditional community participation and transparency in decision-making. We understand that residents inputs are to be heard, listed to and given true consideration. We expect that elected officials and district staff inform their decision on residents needs and expectations, without bias or political interests. Justice Mark McEwan's recent court decision is very clear: passive old-fashion untimely consultation is no longer acceptable! We demand and expect that public hearing take a more proactive approach where, rather than mere formality, community input are fully considered, analyzed and explored before decisions are made.
4. Urban Forest and Shoreline
Oak Bay Watch supports protecting trees and ongoing enhancement of streetscape and shoreline. We believe that bylaws and other measures proposed under the OCP, especially in regards to new development, ensure full protection of our green spaces.