Update August 28, 2019
The Property Resource Team (PRT) of The Pacific Mountain Region (Region) of the United Church of Canada have undertaken a feasibility study of developing the OBUC property.
On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, they presented a preliminary summary of their findings to the congregational Board. The basic conclusion is that options do exist to develop the Oak Bay United property, not including the sanctuary.
There are three scenarios under consideration. Each of which are within the District of Oak Bay’s stated guidelines in terms of height, mass and density, and fit with the community context. None of these options resemble the previous proposal either in the number of housing units or site layout. The amount of space dedicated to church use would range from 3000-6000 square feet, depending upon the option. None of the three options would involve capital costs to the congregation.
The congregation will need to engage in intentional and deep conversations about whether or not to proceed and how the congregational space might be used. This will push the congregation to become clear about who they are and what they are being called to be about in the Oak Bay neighbourhood.
The PRT will now take the business case for the three options to BC Housing and other lenders to gauge their reaction. Following these conversations, they will report back to the Board. The Board will then convey that information to the congregation.
We look forward to the next step and the opportunities this provides to re-imagine our ministry within and to the Oak Bay community.