The City's Poet Laureate, Kamal Parmar, started off the first Council meeting of the year with a poetry reading.
Julie Pisani, Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Program Coordinator for the Regional District of Nanaimo, gave a presentation regarding the Freshwater Perspectives 2021 Public Benchmark Survey Results.
Mike Squire, the City's Manager, Water Resources, gave a presentation regarding the Mid-Town Water Supply Project.
Five bylaws that had previously received first three readings but will no longer proceed to adoption were abandoned.
Council received an information report from staff which provided an update on the passing of Bill C-4, which makes it a criminal offence to force a person to undergo the practice of conversion therapy.
Sheila Gurrie was appointed as the Chief Election Officer, and Sky Snelgrove as the Deputy Chief Election Officer, for the Nanaimo 2022 General Local Election. The Director of Legislative Services (Sheila Gurrie) will be compensated for any hours worked on the election (outside of the regular work day) at straight time.
Council approved the Articles of Incorporation and Shareholder Agreement for the Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation. Councillor Turley was appointed as a non-voting director to the Board of Directors until November 2022. The inaugural Board meeting will be held no later than March 30, 2022.
Development around Nanaimo
Council denied a Development Permit at 25 Spyglass Lookout.
A Development Permit for 297 Menzies Ridge Drive, to allow for a multi-family townhouse development, was approved.
A Rezoning Application for 5707 Lost Lake Road, to allow for a multi-family residential development, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered once the road dedication and community contribution have been secured.
The 2022-2026 rent for the Nanaimo Yacht Club at 400 Newcastle Avenue was approved. An annual market rent of $179,659 will be charged and $71,863 annual assistance, by way of rent abatement, will be provided in recognition of its contribution to the community.
"School Site Acquisition Charges Bylaw 2021 No. 7388" (To require the payment of school site acquisition charges on developments of two and three residential units) was adopted.
Councillor Hemmens will be attending training at the Local Government Leadership Academy.