June 21, 2021 Regular Council Summary


RCMP Superintendent Cameron Miller
Mayor Krog and Council gave a presentation to RCMP Superintendent Cameron Miller for service to the City of Nanaimo.
Section 8 a

Consent Items

Finance and Audit Committee Meeting 2021-JUN-16

Nanaimo Foodshare Society
Council approved the City of Nanaimo granting Nanaimo Foodshare $10,000 as bridging funding while community stakeholders identify additional funding sources. 
Section 10 a 1

Heritage Home Grant Application - 167 Irwin Street
Council approved a $1,706.25 Heritage Home Grant to repaint the exterior of the Land “Fernville” Residence at 167 Irwin Street.
Section 10 a 2

Reopening of Beban Pool
Council directed staff to reopen Beban Pool on October 4, 2021 providing Provincial Health Orders permit.
Section 10 a 3

Leisure Economic Access Pass (LEAP) Program Review Recommendations
Council approved of the program review recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness and directed staff to proceed with Phase 4 of the LEAP Program Review – Implementation.
Section 10 a 4

Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Mechanical Mezzanine Roof Parapet and Wall Repairs
Council approved adding $227,000 to the 2021-2025 Financial Plan to complete the necessary repairs at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre to be funded by the Facility Development Reserve.
Section 10 a 5

Rotary Bowl Oval Renewal Project
Council approved moving the Phase 2 rubberized track replacement project from 2024 to 2021 in the 2021-2025 Financial Plan funded from the Community Works Reserve Fund.
Section 10 a 6

Update to the Temporary Public Art Program and Development of the Urban Design Roster
Council will consider an increase of $25,000 to the public art budget during the 2022-2026 financial plan deliberations to support the Urban Design Roster initiative.
Section 10 a 7

2021 Resilience Grant Recommendations
Council approved the 2021 Resilience Grant funding recommendations to allocate existing funds of $28,559 as follows: 

  • Project: Weaving Nature Ceremony and Ancestors
    • Applicant Name: Dave Bodaly
    • Recommend: $4,500
  • Project: Musicians Forum
    • Applicant Name: Elise Boulanger
    • Recommend: $4,379
  • Project: Riverbed Programs
    • Applicant Name: Heather Kai-Smith
    • Recommend: $4,500
  • Project: Digital Issue of Sad Girl Review
    • Applicant Name: Amber R. Morrison
    • Recommend: $3,730
  • Project: EMPATHY: Care for Collective
    • Applicant Name: Sara Robichaud
    • Recommend: $4,400
  • Project: Apples: A Very Gustatory and Cultural Review
    • Applicant Name: Rachelle Stein-Wotton
    • Recommend: $3,300
  • Project: Hul’q’umi’num Course
    • Applicant Name: Eliot White-Hill
    • Recommend: $3,750

Council approved the recommended reallocation of additional unclaimed funds from the 2021 Downtown Event Revitalization Fund and the 2021 Culture and Heritage Project grants to support the 2021 Resilience Grant recommendations of $22,987 as follows: 

  • Project: Digital Music Video Creation
    • Applicant Name: Nicole Arendt
    • Recommend: $3,800
  • Project: The Sun and the Moon – Online Dance
    • Applicant Name: Holly Bright
    • Recommend: $3,800
  • Project: Nanaimo Mastering Service
    • Applicant Name: Arlen Thompson
    • Recommend: $3,800
  • Project: Visual Arts Workshops
    • Applicant Name: Yvonne Vander Kooi
    • Recommend: $3,750
  • Project: Forum Theatre Workshops
    • Applicant Name: Pacific Coast Stage Company
    • Recommend: $4,000
  • Project: Digital Theatre Initiative
    • Applicant Name: Western Edge Theatre
    • Recommend: $3,837

Council directed staff to return to the Finance & Audit Committee to report on recommendations for additional 2021 Resilience Grants funding, should further money be returned to the City or unclaimed from the 2021 Downtown Event Revitalization Fund and/or 2021 Culture and Heritage Project grants.
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Governance and Priorities Committee 2020-OCT-26

Short-Term Rental Regulations

Council directed staff to:

1. Prepare amendments to the City of Nanaimo’s “Business Licence Bylaw 1998 No. 5351”, “City of Nanaimo Zoning Bylaw 2011 No. 4500”, and “Off-Street Parking Regulations Bylaw 2018 No. 7266” in order to:

  1. add a definition to “City of Nanaimo Zoning Bylaw 2011 No. 4500” for “Short-Term Rentals”;
  2. add the definition of “Permanent Resident”;
  3. permit short-term rentals in Residential, Commercial, Downtown, and Corridor zones where the operator is a permanent resident of the dwelling unit or suite;
  4. apply existing limits on the number of guests and guestrooms permitted within a bed and breakfast to all short-term rentals;
  5. continue to allow short-term rental guestrooms within a secondary suite provided the total number of long- and/or short-term rental rooms does not exceed two per dwelling unit (house and suite);
  6. require a business licence for all short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts within the City of Nanaimo based on proof of residency (including two of the following: voter registration, income tax returns, British Columbia driver’s licence, British Columbia medical services card, Home Owner Grant application, and British Columbia identification card); and
  7. require one additional parking space for each short-term rental.

 2. Prepare an explanatory guide and operator declaration form for short-term rentals that outlines short-term rental operator requirements, including providing contact information to Staff and neighbouring residences where the owner can be reached within 24 hours.

3. Consult further with stakeholders and the public regarding Council’s recommended option before returning to Council with bylaw amendments.
Section 10 b


2020 Annual Municipal Report
Council approved the 2020 Annual Municipal Report.
Section 12 a

Property Maintenance and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaws

Property Maintenance and Standards Bylaw:
Council passed first, second and third readings of “Property Maintenance and Standards Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 7242.01” (To update the graffiti removal language, replace the Violation and Penalty section and delete the fine schedule).

Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw:
Council passed first, second and third readings of “Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 7159.11” (To delete the fine schedule for the repealed Property Maintenance Bylaw 1990 No. 3704 and replace it with fine schedule for Property Maintenance and Standards Bylaw 2017 No. 7242).
Section 12 b

Allocation of Pedestrian Budget to Enhance Accessibility - Part 2
Council allocated the remaining Pedestrian Unallocated Budget as follows:

  • $200,000 for transit stop accessibility improvements at the locations in Figure 1 of the report titled “Allocation of Pedestrian Budget to Enhance Accessibility - Part 2”, dated 2021-JUN-21;
  • $250,000 for traffic signal accessibility improvements at the locations in Figure 2 of the report titled “Allocation of Pedestrian Budget to Enhance Accessibility - Part 2”, dated 2021-JUN-21; and
  • $45,000 for miscellaneous accessibility improvements allocated to the Small Scale Road Improvement budget.

    Section 12 c

Development Permit Application No. DP1205 - 478 Machleary Street
A development permit application was received for a proposed duplex at 478 Machleary Street.

Council Outcome: Council issued Development Permit No. DP1205 at 478 Machleary Street.
Section 12 d

Development Variance Permit Application No. DVP421 - 5524 Cliffside Drive
A development variance permit application was received to increase the maximum allowable building height and perimeter wall height for a proposed dwelling at 5524 Cliffside Road.

Council Outcome: Council issued Development Variance Permit No. DVP421 at 5524 Cliffside Road.
Section 12 e


"Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 4500.180"
Council adopted "Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 4500.180" (To amend Schedule D of “City of Nanaimo Zoning Bylaw 2011 No. 4500” to provide density bonusing points for rental and affordable housing developments).
Section 13 a

"Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 7159.10"
Council adopted "Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 7159.10" (To replace Schedule B – Registry Agreement to authorize the District of North Cowichan to participate in the City’s Dispute Adjudication Registry System).
Section 13 b

June 21, 2021 Regular Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video


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