Active Transportation Survey

By , February 24, 2014 2:04 pm

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Dear Oak Bay Resident,

Motivation and Barriers to Active Transportation in Oak Bay

The Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) is conducting a study to better understand how residents of Oak Bay get around in their day-to-day lives and what motivates them to choose active transportation (i.e., human powered transportation). Understanding the specific factors that influence these transportation choices will help the ATAC to identify, develop, and promote effective active transportation strategies to Oak Bay City Council.

We are asking you to complete a short online survey. The survey consists of ten questions and should take no more than ten minutes. Your responses will be completely confidential.

As a token of our appreciation, will be giving away eight $20 gift cards for local establishments. Please provide us with your phone number or email address if you wish to be entered into this draw.

Thank you for your participation. Your input is important and we look forward to receiving your responses. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Carol Hubberstey (

Please note, the deadline for survey responses is March 7, 2014.

Spectacular Embrace the Night Walk

By , February 14, 2014 10:11 pm

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A full moon on a crystal clear night, what could have been more perfect for the inaugural Night Walk through Oak Bay?  This idyllic setting encouraged a dozen keen walkers to meet at Oak Bay Rec Centre and meander for an hour walk through the quiet lanes and streets of Oak Bay.  Willows Beach was aglow in moon light.   We kept a brisk pace while chatting and getting to know our neighbours along the route.  Once back at the Sports Lounge upstairs at the Rec Centre, we enjoyed valentine cup cakes provided by Oak Bay Rec and sat and visited with a warm drink.  What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine Day and look forward to next month’s full moon walk on Saturday, March 16th.  Hope you can join us.


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Marine Environment of Oak Bay – Lecture

By , February 3, 2014 8:23 am

Marine Environment


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Review the Goals and Objectives and Plan to attend the Community Open House on February 15th.

Oak Bay Official Community Plan Renewal the Past the Present Choosing Our Future

Community Open House

As the next step in the Official Community Plan (OCP) Renewal process, the District is hosting a community open house. Information will be available on:

  • The results of the community survey
  • Draft goals and objectives for the OCP

Please attend so you can review this information and discuss it with District staff, consultants and the OCP Advisory Committee

What is an OCP?

An OCP guides a municipality’s land use and development. It provides the policy framework for Council in addressing decisions on housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, economic development, and the natural and social environment.

Open House Details

Saturday February 15, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Sports View Lounge

1975 Bee Street

What if I cannot attend?

The information will be available on the District’s website and at the Municipal Hall.

Will there be other chances to provide input?

Yes, there will be further opportunities to participate in the OCP renewal process in the spring of 2014.


Community Conversations – Oak Bay Tomorrow , Creating our Future

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The Forum held on January 25th was a resounding success.  Thanks to all of the members and public who participated in this event.  The comments we received at the event and the comments we received by email are very encouraging.  I am sharing Cairine Green’s email with you.

I just wanted to let you know that I thought today was an excellent preamble to our big Open House in February related to the OCP renewal.  You did such a great job recruiting very good speakers, presenting the topic in such an understandable and grass roots’ manner and providing an excellent forum for an inclusive dialogue with our residents and other interested parties.  I am sorry I couldn’t stay for the small group discussions but I have another commitment on behalf of the Mayor at U Vic tonight.

I learned a lot, I enjoyed the speakers and interaction with CAOB members and I really appreciate your efforts to support the work of Council to get a new OCP that reflects our changing community and its needs.  Many thanks for all you do on behalf of Oak Bay and I look forward to a continued working relationship with the Association. The Association is a real community asset that makes a significant contribution to our well-being as a complete community.

Kudos and please share this message in the event that I missed someone!  All the best.


Cairine Green


District of Oak Bay


By , January 23, 2014 8:07 pm

Birding in Uplands Park – Saturday January 25, 2014 9:00 AM

Join Birder Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park.  Meet at Cattle Point by the first boat launch.  Bring binoculars, bird books or checklists or simply show up to enjoy the outing, rain or shine. Suitable for those over 12 years.
Saturday January 25-2014 – 9:00 AM

Join CAOB Directors and Community for a Forum.  Saturday Oak Bay United Church from 1-4!

OCP Forum

Community Conversations – A CAOB Forum

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OCP Forum

Mayor Jensens 2013 Annual Review

By , January 17, 2014 8:39 am


Mayor Jensen began his 2014 Annual Address by acknowledging that the meeting is being held within the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations people. He thanked First Nations Chief Ron Sam for attending at the Municipal Hall and helping to unveil the Lekwungen Plaques commemorating our First Nations history and for attending meetings that continue to build bridges between our two proud and historic communities and with discussion on Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan and the deer issues.

The Mayor reflected on the year 2013 commenting that it proved to be both exciting and challenging. He said there were three CAO’s in 2013 and thanked Council members for their time and effort during the selection process for the new CAO. He said that Council is looking forward to a long and successful working relationship with Ms. Koning at the Helm of the Realm.

Other changes highlighted were the election of the First Green Candidate to the BC Legislature representing Oak Bay, MLA Andrews Weaver, and MP Murray Rankin who replaced the retiring Denise Savoie.

The Mayor said that the Official Community Plan Renewal project gained momentum with open houses being held and completion of a survey, the results being presented to Council later in the meeting. The Mayor thanked the committee volunteers, staff and Councillors Copley, Green and Herbert for their work on the committee.
With respect to the Heritage Commission, the Mayor noted that a Heritage Strategic Plan has been adopted by Council and will form a foundation for future heritage decisions and planning. He extended a special thanks to Pat Wilson, Chair and Heritage Commission members for their work on the project.

In the spring of 2013, the Mayor said the much-anticipated sod turning ceremony heralded the beginning of construction for the new Oak Bay High School. He commented that once completed it will truly become a centerpiece of the community, with a neighbourhood learning centre and a theatre that will be a state of the art facility, which will add to the already active Oak Bay arts community. The Mayor thanked Councillors Kirby and Ney for their collaborative work with the School District.

The Mayor said the absence of Councillor Ney was due to an injury received while participating in a rugby demonstration on the lawn of the Legislature with the National Rugby team while representing Council as Acting Mayor. He wished her continued success on her recovery.

Councillor Murdoch, the Mayor reported, has taken on the task of tackling the complex and thorny issue of floor area ratio. He thanked Councillor Murdoch for his work in 2013 and wished him continued success for 2014.
The upcoming year of 2014, the Mayor said, promises to be equally exciting and challenging with plans to complete the Official Community Plan by early fall. He said Open Houses will be held in the first months of the year that will build on the work done in 2013.

The Mayor said the launch of the community wide Kitchen Scrap pickup program will begin in January and will result in a significant reduction in material being land filled at Hartland, extending the life of that facility.
In 2014, the Mayor said, staff and Council will continue to explore ways to implement Council’s 2012 transportation policy which envisions a walkable and bikable community with active transportation networks. He said the Upland Sewer Separation project will begin the planning and costing phases in 2014.

The Mayor noted that the Oak Bay Lodge will present an exciting and challenging opportunity for the community to re-vision the future of the lodge property and Council is looking forward to working with the Regional District to examine the possibilities.
With respect to the Urban Deer issue, the Mayor said it has been a very difficult and emotional subject for the Council and the community. He said that in 2014 the program will begin and District of Oak Bay
initiatives include public education, regulatory review to the feeding bylaw, road safety measures with deer reduction strategies to be conducted later in the year.

The Mayor stated that one of his first acts of the 2014 Council year will be to appoint the first Arts Laureate.

He remarked that Oak Bay is an extraordinary place to live and do business and that it is fast becoming a destination for great art and food, where people can relax and enjoy the village atmosphere. He said that people of all ages feel comfortable biking and walking and there are housing options for a wide range of residents. He continued by saying Oak Bay is a place where we can all live Oak Bay’s Motto Sub Quercu Felicitas – under the Oak, Good fortune.

The Mayor offered his thanks to members of staff for their support in 2013 and concluded his remarks by extending the best wishes of Oak Bay Council to all for a happy holiday season.
December 16, 2013 Council Minutes

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