Oak Bay Council approves contentious condo development by vote of 4-3

Oak Bay Council approves contentious condo development by vote of 4-3

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Oak Bay Council gave the green light to a contentious mixed-used condominium project Monday night.

By a vote of 4-3, council approved the 43-unit building for the corner of Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road.

The final decision was delayed following an hours-long public hearing in Oak Bay last week.

Supporters of the Abstract Developments project say it meets urgent housing density needs in the community.

Oak Bay’s Mayor said the fact that the building includes commercial space, was on a main road and that it would be flanked by two other four-storey buildings swayed him.

“There are no other sites of that nature, to my knowledge, that meet those three key characteristics,” said Nils Jensen who voted for the project.

Some opponents argued that the project was too big for the site and that it will cause parking and traffic issues at the busy intersection, while others didn’t like the design of the building.

“I think we do have to get Bowker (Ave) right,” said Councillor Hazel Braithwaite.

“I just don’t think this is the correct building.”

Ultimately, the proposal passed with Mayor Jensen and Councillors Tom Croft, Michelle Kirby and Tara Ney in favour while Councillors Braithwaite, Kevin Murdoch and Eric Zhelka were opposed.

The development permit is scheduled to be put forward on May 23rd.


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