An off-leash dog park and extensive garbage services in community spaces will appear in budget discussions early next year, as council reviewed its priorities at a November 22 meeting.
Council approved 10 new priority projects which include finding software that works appropriately with the district’s asset management program; prepare a community energy plan; operationalize deer management; improve toilet cleaning, garbage collection and graffiti removal; build relationships with First Nations; identify how to increase the production of capital; establish an expanded active transportation program; define a scope of work for an approach of natural assets and infrastructure to the stormwater master plan; evaluate the tools to regulate and authorize sidewalk terraces; and consult on the design of Spewhung (Turkey Head).
All 10 are identified as falling under the board’s 2019-22 priorities, which are:
– ensuring access to a variety of housing options in the built environment by considering and planning for the needs of the community while reflecting the uniqueness of Oak Bay;
– ensure a sustainable service by integrating an asset management program into a long-term financial plan;
– ensure service excellence by optimizing the efficiency of operands and promoting public engagement;
– improve and promote the quality of life and the sense of belonging by managing the history, landscape, culture and amenities of the community in the context of the south of the island, and,
– demonstrate leadership in promoting community health and resilience by committing to economic, environmental and social sustainability in the operations and decision-making of the district.
Council tasked staff to consider the time and cost implications of adding two projects, researching a temporary off-leash dog park, and expanding litter options in community spaces.
Com. Andrew Appleton expressed what many at the council table in Oak Bay and across the region have said in recent months. With the federal government’s crackdown on off-leash dogs at the Greater Victoria Harbor Bird Sanctuary and the closure of a space at the University of Victoria used for years as a dog park, pet owners are missing off-leash options.
As residents benefit from community parks, the council is considering expanding disposal options, adding recycling to the menu in an effort to reduce items sent to landfill.
The task is more complex than simply adding a recycling option to the trash, staff noted. Since not all people are responsible for segregating items in the garbage or recycling, it would take time for staff to sort the material.
Find the full report on the agenda for the November 22 meeting at oakbay.civicweb.net.
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