February 27, 2023 Regular Council Summary

Consent Items

Council endorsed the terms of reference for the Mayor’s Leaders’ Table.

Councillor Thorpe was appointed as the Council Representative to the Municipal Insurance Association of BC. Councillors Armstrong and Thorpe were appointed as the alternates. 

Council authorized the City to enter into a Cost Share Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for Phase 1 of the Terminal Avenue Corridor Upgrades. The budget for this phase was also increased by $1,371,178.

Council awarded a Permissive Tax Exemption Cash Grant of up to $5,000 for 2023 to the Boys and Girls Club Central Vancouver Island for the portion of the property that it leases at 1985 Boxwood Road. A Permissive Tax Exemption for the 2024 taxation year was also approved.

Council awarded an “Other Grant” of $5,500 to the Fairway Gorge Paddling Society to host the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival.

A total of $8,662,47 in Neighbourhood Association Grant Funding was approved for the following:
  • Bradley Street Neighbourhood Association  
  • Chase River Neighbourhood Association
  • Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association
  • Harewood Neighbourhood Association
  • Nanaimo Old City Association
  • Newcastle Community Association
  • Protection Island Neighbourhood Association
  • South End Community Association
  • Wellington Action Committee

Council approved $16,000 of funds from the Sports Tourism 2023 cost centre to be used towards costs associated with the 2023 Junior All Native Tournament.

Section 10a,b


“Officer Designation and Delegation of Authority Bylaw, 2023 No. 7353.01” passed three readings. Minor housekeeping amendments were made for clarification and consistency. 

Section 12a

“Morningside Drive Local Area Service Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw 2023 No.7288.02” (To adopt amendments to reflect the change in the year of parcel tax commencement) passed three readings.
Section 12b

Development around Nanaimo

A Development Variance Permit was issued for 250 Albert Street, to allow the construction of an over height fence.

Section 12c

A Development Variance Permit was issued for 5013 Hinrich View, to allow the construction of an over height retaining wall.

Section 12d

A Temporary Use Permit was issued for 2116 Northfield Road, to allow custom workshop and mini storage uses for three years. 

Section 12e

Council was informed of a new liquor licence application to permit liquor to be served at a neighbourhood pub located at 601 Bruce Avenue.

Section 12f

A Development Permit, with variances, was issued for 591 Bradley Street, to allow for a multi-family development. Staff will work to secure the “additional voluntary contribution” conditions.

Section 12g

A Development Permit was issued for 2180 Highland Boulevard, to allow for a commercial development.

Section 12h

A Rezoning Application for 878 Park Avenue, to facilitate a multi-family residential development, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered at a future Public Hearing.

Section 12i

Council rescinded third reading of “Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw 2022 No. 7355” and “Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022 No. 4500.204” for 444, 450, 500 Comox Road, 55 Mill Street, and 1 Terminal Avenue. Rescinding these bylaws allows Council to consider additional information regarding City Plan compliance and the application will return to an upcoming Public Hearing.

Section 12j

Bylaw Updates

“Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 7337.02” (To amend the 2022 – 2026 Financial Plan) was adopted.

Section 13a

Other Business

Council directed staff to prepare a report by June 1 outlining the costs of designing, constructing and servicing (water and electric) basic shelter for 100 people on City property.

Section 15a

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