Infill Housing Strategy: Options for Oak Bay

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The District is currently seeking feedback from residents on housing needs and priorities for the types and location of future infill housing.

About the Infill Housing Strategy

Ensuring access to diverse housing options within the built environment is one of Council’s five strategic priorities, identified in the 2019-2022 Council Strategic Priorities Plan.

Infill housing, which is typically low scale and is intended to “fit within” an existing single-family neighbourhoods without significantly altering its character and appearance, is one way to provide diverse housing options in Oak Bay.

The purpose of the Infill Housing Strategy, which began in 2021 and will complete in 2022, is to identify infill housing opportunities and specific housing needs for neighbourhoods.

The types of infill housing that will be considered are:

  • Detached Suites (laneway houses and garden suites are an example)
  • Duplexes (a building with two units that are independently owned)
  • Triplexes (a building with three units that are independently owned)
  • Townhouses (a building with multiple units that are independently owned)
  • Heritage Conversions (converts an existing heritage home into multiple units)
  • Subdivision of Larger Lots (larger lots can be subdivided to allow for new single detached homes)

Community Engagement

The project’s engagement activities are planned to take place over three rounds, between February and July 2022 and include opportunities to meet together in person and online, or to take part on one’s own time.

The first round of engagement, which was completed in March 2022, gathered input to better understand:

  1. the areas where infill housing is most desired by the public and stakeholders;
  2. what types of infill housing people hope to see; and,
  3. the qualities of Oak Bay neighbourhoods that people would like to see preserved or enhanced in the future.

The input that we received will inform the ideas and options for infill housing that are currently being developed in Phase 2 and will be shared with the community for feedback in spring 2022.

A second round of engagement is planned for April-May 2022, which will seek

confirmation on the goals and objectives generated from the first round of engagement

and present initial ideas for community-wide approaches to infill housing to ask “did we hear you?”

In this phase, we will also invite residents to participate in hands-on, approachable and accessible urban design exercises through in-person and virtual design fairs.

The District is currently seeking feedback from residents on housing needs and priorities for the types and location of future infill housing.

About the Infill Housing Strategy

Ensuring access to diverse housing options within the built environment is one of Council’s five strategic priorities, identified in the 2019-2022 Council Strategic Priorities Plan.

Infill housing, which is typically low scale and is intended to “fit within” an existing single-family neighbourhoods without significantly altering its character and appearance, is one way to provide diverse housing options in Oak Bay.

The purpose of the Infill Housing Strategy, which began in 2021 and will complete in 2022, is to identify infill housing opportunities and specific housing needs for neighbourhoods.

The types of infill housing that will be considered are:

  • Detached Suites (laneway houses and garden suites are an example)
  • Duplexes (a building with two units that are independently owned)
  • Triplexes (a building with three units that are independently owned)
  • Townhouses (a building with multiple units that are independently owned)
  • Heritage Conversions (converts an existing heritage home into multiple units)
  • Subdivision of Larger Lots (larger lots can be subdivided to allow for new single detached homes)

Community Engagement

The project’s engagement activities are planned to take place over three rounds, between February and July 2022 and include opportunities to meet together in person and online, or to take part on one’s own time.

The first round of engagement, which was completed in March 2022, gathered input to better understand:

  1. the areas where infill housing is most desired by the public and stakeholders;
  2. what types of infill housing people hope to see; and,
  3. the qualities of Oak Bay neighbourhoods that people would like to see preserved or enhanced in the future.

The input that we received will inform the ideas and options for infill housing that are currently being developed in Phase 2 and will be shared with the community for feedback in spring 2022.

A second round of engagement is planned for April-May 2022, which will seek

confirmation on the goals and objectives generated from the first round of engagement

and present initial ideas for community-wide approaches to infill housing to ask “did we hear you?”

In this phase, we will also invite residents to participate in hands-on, approachable and accessible urban design exercises through in-person and virtual design fairs.

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