A vision for Turkey Head

Public input sought on vision for waterfront public land

The Community Association of Oak Bay (CAOB) and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) are looking to create a vision for an underutilized public space that sits on some of the best real estate on Oak Bay’s coastline.

Turkey Head, the land that juts out from Beach Drive where the Oak Bay Marina and parking lot sit, is owned by the municipality of Oak Bay. Many don’t realize that it is public land.

The CAOB is looking to raise awareness about this community amenity and to start a conversation about its future potential. In partnership with the GVPN, they initiated a series of Community Conversations regarding Oak Bay’s special shoreline environment, including Turkey Head.

The Turkey Head engagement project enabled the public to learn more about the site and to brainstorm ideas for the future, while also acknowledging the importance of existing uses. The project ran through the summer with a series of public input sessions at Oak Bay Night Market events in July, August and September.

Over 100 citizens providing their thoughts through the public sessions.

“We have not advocated for any particular proposals for the site, but have been excited by some of the visions that have emerged,” wrote Nichols in a letter to municipal staff.

Just prior to Christmas, Kris Nichols from CAOB and Andrew Appleton from GVPN presented Oak Bay committee of the whole with information on the project.

Nichols told the committee that the 100 citizens who engaged with the project provided almost unanimous support for additional activation at Turkey Head, with the following recurring ideas: a pier; gathering spaces; performance space; special events with food and music; markets, and signage recognizing the environmental, historical, and Indigenous importance of the area.

Currently, the majority of the Turkey Head land is leased to the Oak Bay Marine Group, and any changes to the use of the land – initiated by either the Marine Group or council – has to be done through a change to the lease agreement.

The current lease with Oak Bay Marine Group is coming due in five years in 2022.

Coun. Kevin Murdoch noted in the committee meeting that with the lease coming due in five years, council should start thinking about a 30 year vision for the property. Whether negotiating a new lease with Oak Bay Marine group or going in a different direction, the unique benefits and challenges of the property will require a few years for the consultation needed to be able to effectively move forward with any major change to the site.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: Canada Research Chair

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Police seek ID of man who stole from store, pulled knife on owner and fled scene on bike

Oak Bay police are asking for help identifying the suspect

Oak Bay police searching for missing man

Nicholas Hasanen has not been seen in a couple of weeks, is known to sleep in local parks

Trees topped, greenery snatched from Saanich park

‘If everyone took one thing, there’d be nothing left,’ says president of park society

New Stats Canada survey confirms cash value of master’s degree

Holders of master’s degrees earn up to $21,000 more than undergraduate degree holders

VIDEO: Led by ‘Marriage Story,’ Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

Netflix flexed its muscles across all categories, just as it is girding for battle with a host of new streaming services

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

B.C. coroner asking for help identifying man found dead in Peace region

Mounties have deemed the man’s death not suspicious and believe he died earlier this year

Lawyer competence includes knowledge of Indigenous-Crown history: B.C. law society

All practising lawyers in B.C. will be required to take a six-hour online course covering these areas

Wealth of Canadians divided along racial lines, says report on income inequality

One interesting finding was that racialized men have a higher employment rate than non-racialized men

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

Most Read