Same game, different players
The Oak Bay United Church has not withdrawn the Development Proposal lodged with the District of Oak Bay on August 13, 2018.
At the end of June 2019 the OBUC announced to their congregation that the Development Team, who have spent over $500,000 of BC Housing’s money in the past 18 months, has been decommissioned.
The OBUC’s website no longer has any reference to the Development Proposal and the inappropriate, overscale project proposed.
All traces of the past two years have been wiped from their website, as if they never happened.
Instead the website OBUC Affordable Housing Initiative has the following announcement:
Feasibility Assessment Underway for the Affordable Housing Initiative
Oak Bay United Church is pleased to announce that the Property Resource Team (from the Pacific Mountain Region of The United Church of Canada) will be undertaking a feasibility assessment of redevelopment options for our site at Granite and Mitchell Streets in Oak Bay.
This feasibility period will ensure that any potential redevelopment option(s) under consideration will value neighbourhood enhancement while creating much needed purpose-built rental housing, community space and infrastructure for Oak Bay residents.
The Property Resource Team has retained the professional services of Colliers International Consulting, who will undertake their research over the summer months (July to September 2019).
If a development option is deemed feasible, steps will be taken to revise the Rezoning Application that is currently before the District of Oak Bay and open a dialogue with the community. Our hope is to come up with a financially feasible redevelopment plan that will enable the United Church to build a project that the community can embrace.
The game is not over. A new team of professionals have arrived to take over the OBUC’s campaign.
The Team Lead of the Property Resource Team Terry Harrison reached out to some of our group and they met in late July.
It was an informative and productive meeting.
The CCN-OB members emphasized that from the start we recognized something would happen on the church site, but we have always wanted it to be one that both the neighbourhood and the church could support.
It was an amicable discussion – markedly different from our interactions with the previous Development Team
We wait to see if the PRT (new team) will engage with the community in a meaningful way.
Your support is more important than ever.
SIMBY = smart in my backyard.
If it appears that there are fewer signs in the neighbourhood, that is NOT an indication that the opposition to overdevelopment has decreased. Some signs are being retired as the result of a ruling by a strata council.
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