We, the undersigned, urge Oak Bay Council to preserve the original streetscape of the historic home at 1558 Beach Drive, restore the gardens, and protect the iconic Garry Oaks. For the benefit of the community, we support keeping this property unburdened by any development in front or behind this exceptional historic streetscape.
Sign our petition here: https://chng.it/FGHgQkn2dk
In 2020, Oak Bay Council unanimously gave approval to the bylaw which officially establishes the area bounded by Oak Bay Avenue, Beach Drive, San Carlos Avenue, Prospect Place, York Place and includes Broom Road as The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area.
Today this neighbourhood remains the most intact historic neighbourhood with almost all its original buildings by such notable architects as Francis Rattenbury, Samuel Maclure and P.L. James.
You can make a difference
Whether you live in the neighbourhood or not, please write or email Oak Bay’s Mayor and Council now, saying you’d like respectful and sensitive development in accordance with The Prospect HCA Guidelines. Your letter will be read and counted. And when this proposal comes before Council for public review, consider attending the public hearing. Call the District of Oak Bay, 250-598–3311, for the date. Your voice and presence will make a difference.
Do you like to walk, cycle, or drive past the J.W. Morris House on this part of Beach Drive, with its historic homes and pleasing streetscape? Please express your appreciation in an email, then state your concerns and end by asking Mayor and Council to send this development proposal back to the applicant for modifications, and further review by the Heritage Commission.
Setting up your email
In the “To:” line, load all the email addresses listed below. In the “Subject:” line put: “Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA00011) and OCP Amendment (OCP00006) – 1558 Beach Drive” Address your email: “To Mayor and Council.” By rule, you must include your full name and residential address in any letter or email correspondence.
Oak Bay Council:
Mayor Kevin Murdoch:
Councillor Andrew Appleton:
Councillor Hazel Braithwaite:
Councillor Cairine Green:
Councillor Esther Paterson:
Councillor Carrie Smart:
Councillor Lesley Watson:
Chief Administrative Officer, Selina Williams: