Cities, to be vital, must develop and change over time. Heritage conservation is an important part of the management of this change. An effective heritage program defines elements of a city's past that are key to its present identity, and provides means to encourage their retention.
The purpose of this site is to provide information on the City's heritage conservation policy and community heritage register. In addition to this information, the site also contains a timeline of historic events and an outline of Nanaimo's historical development. Both sections provide a concise summary of the City's development history and a context in which to place the heritage register.
The purpose of the City of Nanaimo's heritage program is not to preclude development, but rather to facilitate the revitalization and rehabilitation of historic resources (primarily buildings) through appropriate management. There are many ways in which sensitive additions and infill, and new complementary uses, can be encouraged by incentives, and achieved through negotiation. The City's Heritage Action Plan seeks to define ways in which the city can encourage private owners to achieve the goals of heritage conservation, to their mutual benefit.
The City's Heritage Planner administers the City's Heritage Conservation Program and provides support to the Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission as it seeks to fulfill the City's heritage policy objectives and the Commission's advisory role to City Council.
Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission (NCHC)
The Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission is a volunteer group, appointed by Nanaimo City Council, to provide advice and recommendations on issues associated with the protection and conservation of heritage buildings, sites and areas within the city. The Committee consists of six community at-large members, one Museum representative, one Nanaimo Archives representative, one Snuneymuxw First Nation representative and one member of Council.
The Commission is committed to fostering, nurturing and promoting the protection and conservation of Nanaimo's heritage resources, including not only historic buildings but also valued heritage sites and areas. When properly planned and managed, our city's heritage resources help create a community with a unique sense of place where lively and meaningful interaction takes place for resident and visitors alike. Advocating the retention, rehabilitation and/or restoration of heritage buildings, sites and areas remains a vital aspect of the Commission's work. Public participation in achieving these goals is always welcomed by the Commission.
For more information, view the Commission's membership and Terms of Reference.Go to Top