Oak Bay is holding Open House sessions on a Residential Infill Strategy and the following is from the District’s website:

“Oak Bay is experiencing increased interest in infill housing, such as laneway and garden cottages, duplexes, triplexes and residential subdivision. This interest occurs as our neighbourhoods age and change, and as demand for more diverse housing choices increases.

Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan identifies the need for a community informed Residential Infill Strategy – a planning tool to help manage modest changes to Oak Bay’s population. Its goal is to encourage more diverse housing options that respond to needs as they change over time while ensuring new housing integrates with the unique character of our neighbourhoods.

The District of Oak Bay is inviting the public to engage in a series of conversations over the coming months to explore new housing ideas leading to a set of recommendations and guidelines for a Residential Infill Strategy. The Strategy will address:  

Types of Residential Infill
Criteria for Considering Infill Proposals
Preservation of Landscapes and View Corridors
Preservation of Neighbourhood Character

Two identical sessions are scheduled for Saturday September 10th, 10am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00pm, to be held at the University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons Building, Haro Room.

For more information telephone the Oak Bay Planning Department at 250-598-3311.

If you attend one of these Open House sessions, or wish to a write a letter to council members on this topic of infill housing, it is important to emphasize the vital significance of supporting and respecting heritage values and neighbourhood character.