Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan

At the April 25, 2019 Annual General Meeting, The Oaklands Community Association announced that we will be beginning community consultation resulting in a document to be delivered to the City of Victoria in December 2020. This document will then be used to inform the City of Victoria's Official Community Plan. This is the first time the City of Victoria has supported a community led neighbourhood planning process. The Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan (ONP) will be carried out by the ONP Steering Committee, led by local resident Rob Tornack, together with a team of other homeowners, renters, business owners, parents, and volunteers.

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We are seeking volunteers to help with specific tasks such as: gateway design into Oaklands, canvas residents between Haultain and Bay Streets to consider extending the Oaklands boundary to Bay Street, neighbourhood ways to promote and protect our environment, change Hillside Avenue to a more welcoming people friendly space, expansion of Haultain Corners and Gosworth villages, landscape design for the Oaklands Rise Woonerf, place making opportunities, and so much more! 

We are working collaboratively to set the values for the development of the community. Want to find out more? Be a part of it? 

If you would like to be involved with the steering committee or the working groups, please email Rob Tornack at onp@oaklandsca.com 

Public Engagement Events & Workshops

Not able to attend the event? Feel free to follow the links to a survey of the same questions posed at each event. 

(You will notice that most questions will be asked during more than one survey. This has been done in the hopes of reaching as many people as possible.) 

Annual General Meeting - April 25, 2019 

complete the survey here

Oaklands Street Party - May 11, 2019

complete the survey here

Oaklands Community Dinner - June 23, 2019

complete the survey here

Oaklands Sunset Market - Wednesdays, July 3 to September 4, 2019 4:30 - 8:30pm

Find the Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan tent each Oaklands Sunset Market 

July 3, 2019 survey

July 10, 2019 survey

July 17, 2019 survey

July 24, 2019 survey

July 31, 2019 survey

August 7, 2019 survey

August 14, 2019 survey

August 21, 2019 survey

September 21, 2019 - Community Visioning Workshop + Garden Tour!  

 Drop in at 10am, 12pm, or 2pm to learn about the Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan and provide your feedback about the future of the Oaklands neighbourhood!

"Choose your own adventure" Oaklands Garden Tour to follow!

Location: Oaklands Chapel

October 26, 2019 - Public Workshop #2 held at Oaklands Chapel

October 30, 2019 - Forward 50 Speaker Night at UVIC

Resident Led Planning Process

Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan

The Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan will take place in four phases:

Phase 1: April -November 2019

process launch - team building, data collection and analysis, community consultation at Oaklands Sunset Market, Hillside Centre, public workshops, design charettes, etc.

Phase 2: December 2019 - March 2020

defining the big picture - this phase builds upon the results of community engagement and focuses on the development of the vision, goals statement and action plan, and primary deliverables.

Phase 3:March - July 2020

building the big plan - this pace involves drafting the updated Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan text which will serve to guide the development of the community over the next few decades. 

Phase 4: August - November 2020

prepare plan for adoption - this phase involves stakeholder consultation to solicit feedback on the draft plan and subsequent revisions. The final draft of the Oaklands Neighbourhood Plan is to be submitted to City Council by December 30, 2020.

Steering Committee Members

Rob Tornack (chair), Sarah Murray, Val Cortes, Meaghan MacDonald, John O'Brien, Celine Vaillant, Kerry Schular, Eva Olcen, Zinnia Clark. 

The Oaklands Neighbourhod Plan will respond to long range planning challenges and opportunities and provides direction for decision making through:

  • The Official Community Plan (OCP) which is a comprehensive 30 year plan to guide growth and change in the City to 2041
  • Downtown plans and policies, including the Downtown Core Area Plan
  • Local Area Plans that build on the OCP through providing more detailed guidance in smaller areas of the City
  • The Heritage Program which works towards conserving and enhancing heritage resources throughout the City of Victoria
  • Planning and engagement relating to the harbour.
  • A range of other initiatives that respond to emerging issues and policy challenges

The Community Planning Division also:

  • provides professional analysis, advice and recommendations related to planning for the consideration of the Mayor and Council and Council's committees
  • works collaboratively with communities, businesses, government agencies, and other stakeholders to further the City's planning initiatives
  • serves all interested in the community, including customers, through our program, policy, regulatory and information services



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