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    Beyond leaf-blowers, what are the hours of noise restriction and the decibel levels allowed?

    Bronwyn asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Bronwyn,

    Our Anti-Noise Bylaw (Bylaw No. 3210) outlines the following hours for leaf blowers. Leaf blowers can only be operated during following:

    • 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays)


    There is conduct that is specifically prohibited within Oak Bay under our Anti-Noise Bylaw, this includes:

    (1) shouting, using a megaphone, or making other noise in or at or on highways, parks, wharves, docks, piers, boatlandings or other public place in such a manner liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public;

    (2) the playing of any radio, phonograph, television, receiving set, musical instrument or 2 sound amplification device whether in or upon private premises or in any public place in such a manner or with such volume liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public;

    (3) the keeping or harbouring of any animal or caged bird which by making frequent noise is liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public;

    (4) the operation of any automobile, truck, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle which by reason of disrepair, lack of a sufficient muffler, or any other cause, creates noise or sound liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public.

    For more information, please visit our Anti-Noise Bylaw and our Bylaw Enforcement pages.

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    Was there something that prompted the new tree bylaw? Was the old tree bylaw not fulfilling the community concerns? In what way?

    Byron Hill asked 5 months ago

    Hi Byron,

    Since 2013 the District has been losing a considerable number of trees both on public and private property. In fact, approximately 1400 trees over 60 cm in diameter have been removed from private property since we have been keeping track. These trees were removed because they were dead, diseased, or dying and very few have been replaced.  A similar story can be told for tree decline on public lands although most of these trees that are removed are replaced.

    Essentially, the District is dealing with a mature to over-mature Urban Forest and knowing this was one of the catalysts for the District undertaking the Urban Forest Strategy.

    To help us manage this tree loss, one of the major recommendations from the Urban Forest Strategy was to amend the Tree Protection Bylaw.  The bylaw amendments are intended to increase the number of protected trees on private property, strengthen tree protection during development, and shift replacements associated with development to a canopy base approach so that replacements contribute to the canopy target of 35 to 40% by 2045.

    Thanks for asking!

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    Is the four story condo’s going ahead on the 2300 block Oak Bay Ave.

    Barbara Maclean asked 4 months ago

    Hi Barbara, 

    That application continues to be under review. Additional information on the District's Building and Planning services and contact information can be found on the Oak Bay website.

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    what is the current program for controlling the deer population? is there a specific number we are hoping to cull?

    Galpen asked 4 months ago

    Hi there,

    We are currently in our third phase of our Urban Deer Management Program. Since 2016, we have participated in the Provincial Urban Deer Cost-Share Program with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) and the Province. From 2016-2018 our program consisted of public education, data collection as well as fitting a control group of 20 does with GPS collars.  In Fall 2019, we began phase two which consisted of applying immuno-contraception to Oak Bay deer. In total, 60 does were administered immuno-contraceptive and marked with coloured tags in both ears and a coloured collar to allow for individual identification. In this third phase, we are re-marking the control group and boostering the deer who were in inoculated in the fall of 2019. 

    Information about Urban Deer management is available on the Oak Bay website. For more information on the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society you can visit their website.

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    On my Utility Bill there is an item "Sewer-CRD Debt (on 60% of consumption)" Please provide me with: A) the amount of the total funds collected by the District from all residential taxpayers by way of this charge for each of the last fiscal years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and B) the amount included in the Utility Bill of an "average residential property"* for the same years. * as used on the District of Oak Bay 2019 Property Tax Notice overview which accompanied the actual 2019 Property Tax notice.

    Graham Ross asked 4 months ago

    Hi there,


    Here is the amount collected over the last five fiscal years:



    Amount collected

    2019

    $2,361,120.04

    2018

    $2,045,939.52

    2017

    $1,678,346.10

    2016

    $1.366.280.56

    2015

    $1,391,741.00


    “Average residential property” is difficult to define since the range of households includes condos to mansions. 


    What we use for budgetary purposes is a “typical single family dwelling”. For 2019, we calculated the consumption for a typical SFD to be 122.50 units (1 unit = 100 cubic feet or 623 imperial gallons). The CRD sewer fee is 60% of consumption so the typical SFD consumption would be 73.50 units. Using this as a basis for 2015 – 2019 the charges are as follows:



    Consumption

    Rate/unit (100 cubic feet)

    Total

    2019

    122.50 x 60% = 73.50

    $4.6464

    $341.51

    2018

    122.50 x 60% = 73.50

    $4.3424

    $319.17

    2017

    122.50 x 60% = 73.50

    $3.6187

    $265.97

    2016

    122.50 x 60% = 73.50

    $2.8161

    $206.98

    2015

    122.50 x 60% = 73.50

    $2.7677

    $203.43

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    Are there any plans to restrict the burning of wood in fireplaces and/or stoves?

    RemiRemi asked 3 months ago

    Hi there,

    We are not currently looking at restricting the burning of wood in fireplaces or wood stoves.

    We ask that residents please employ good burning practices in wood stoves and fireplaces in consideration of the environment and neighbours. The Province has a great resource for establishing a fire with reduced some levels available here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/wood-burning-appliances/burning-wood#choose

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    The Cattle Point Boat Ramp is that for visitors or is that for residents of Oak Bay? Seem to me that a metered system to collect fees for people using the facility could go a long way to pay for repairs to the ramp and discourage people from parking in the space allocated for boats?

    Hampshire asked 3 months ago

    Hi there,

    The Cattle Point Boat Ramp is open to the public. Thank you for suggestions about the metered system, I will pass that feedback on to the appropriate department.