Key issues identified include density, massing, traffic, character, parking and privacy. Through our early engagement, some ideas and opportunities were also identified,

What We Heard 

Through our initial workshops and working sessions, we received invaluable input from our neighbours, including  a wide range of suggestions on how we could build something that would complement our surroundings and contribute positively to the neighbourhood.

We were encouraged to hear positive support for affordable housing and dialogue about the community’s future housing needs. The result was a series of stimulating and engaging discussions about everything from building location, height, appearance, colours and materials to sustainability and how new spaces could enhance services to the community. The key themes and input are summarized below.

Buildings and Open Space

  • 1 ~ 6 storeys – not higher than Church roofline; not higher than Granite House
  • Keep building as small as financial viability allows
  • Support for public/community accessible open space, location open
  • Step building height and articulate the facade ~ no “boxy” architecture
  • Expose view of the church, maintain trees
  • Respect neighbourhood and privacy
  • Massing and building location unclear, multiple options ~ good design is the driver

Appearance

  • Complement and be sympathetic to the neighbourhood and the Church
  • Vary building materials, façade treatment, building height ~ good quality
  • Sustainable materials e.g. brick to tie in w/church
  • Support for traditional, contemporary/other design ~ but make it attractive
  • Minimize the visual impact of the parking
  • Windows, views, balconies & setbacks to respect privacy
  • Rooftop gardens desirable

Uses and Services

  • Concern that new services might Increase parking & traffic; Mostly against new commercial, especially that competes with Oak Bay Avenue
  • Predominant support for Affordable Housing, especially for families and a mix of ages
  • Child/Seniors Daycare ~ mostly open
  • Concern: traffic impact
  • Build for the community, church programs e.g. kitchen, meeting space
  • Include accessible design and community access

 Sustainability

  • Support for sustainability LEED, PassivHouse, other
  • Use quality construction build for long term
  • Needs to be financially sustainable
  • Consider alternate power
  • Provide a mix of suite styles and sizes, target long-term residents/families
  • Sustainable landscaping and green roofs, permeable paving, community garden
  • Transportation options to reduce traffic e.g. bicycle storage, ride share etc.

Requirements and Priorities

  • Consistent with OBUC values, ministries and principles
  • Meet community need through affordable housing
  • Financially viable development
  • Retain & respect church, neighbourhood, trees
  • Consistent with government plans and direction
  • Sustainability

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