Neighbourhood & Area Plans

Neighbourhood and area plans contribute to creating more livable neighbourhoods by identifying future land use and design objectives in response to the concerns and desires of the area residents. Local community involvement is the cornerstone of successful neighbourhood and area plans.

What is the difference between the Official Community Plan and a Neighbourhood or Area Plan?

The Official Community Plan (OCP) sets out the overarching direction and goals for the City. Neighbourhood plans support the OCP with more detailed policies that both align with these broader goals and objectives as well as address the specific needs and desires of the unique neighbourhoods and areas that make up the City of Nanaimo.

What are the benefits of a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan can help residents identify a common vision for their neighbourhood, prioritize neighbourhood goals and identify options for achieving them, and convey the types of projects a local community supports. It also helps Council understand how residents want their neighbourhood to grow.

Completed Neighbourhood Plans

Chase River Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
Departure Bay Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
Harewood Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
Newcastle + Brechin Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
Old City Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
Rocky Point/Hammond Bay/Stephenson Point Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)
South End Neighbourhood Plan (PDF)

Completed Area Plans

Bowers District Master Plan (PDF)
Downtown Nanaimo Plan (PDF)
- Downtown Urban Design Plan and Guidelines (PDF)
Hospital Area Plan (PDF)
- Hospital Area Parking Strategy (PDF)
Oceanview Master Plan (PDF)
Appendix (PDF)
Port Drive Waterfront Master Plan (PDF)
Sandstone Master Plan (PDF)

Last updated: June 23, 2022

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