April 22, 2024 Regular Council Summary


Carly Pereboom (Executive Director, Tourism Nanaimo) provided Council with an update on Tourism Nanaimo’s first quarter of 2024.

Lisa Brinkman (Manager, Community Planning) and Lainya Rowett (Manager, Current Planning) provided Council with the 2023 Development and Housing Overview.

Sections 8a,b

Committee Recommendations

  • Council accepted the 2023 Annual Financial Statements for the City of Nanaimo.
  • Council directed Staff to not renew the City's membership with the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative.
  • Council amended Reserve Policy COU-231 to include the new Online Accommodation Platform Reserve Fund and reflect the changes to the Housing Legacy Reserve Fund.
  • Council endorsed an application to the Community Resiliency Investment (FireSmart) Program.
  • Council directed Staff to bring forward a new ‘Permissive Tax Exemption’ policy that includes criteria for non-market housing, and a separate ‘Other Grants Policy’ for the City’s other grant programs.   
  • Council increased the 2024 project budget for the Marie Davidson BMX Park by $330,000, funded from the Growing Communities Fund Reserve.
  • Council budgeted the RCMP contract at 92% for 2024 and 95% for 2025 to 2028 for the 2024 - 2028 Financial Plan. This change reduces the 2024 Property Tax rate by approximately 0.80%.

Section 10a

Echo McNaughton, Sydney Robertson (South End Community Association) and Grayce Wight (SEED Neighborhood Cooperative) spoke regarding pedestrian safety concerns in the area near Bayview School.

Council deferred a motion regarding pedestrian safety upgrades near Bayview School to an upcoming Governance and Priorities Committee meeting when unallocated pedestrian funds will be discussed. Council directed staff to provide options for Council to consider at that time.

Section 10b


Kevan Shaw spoke regarding the Downtown Transit Exchange and concerns regarding public safety and social disorder. 

Section 11a

Dan Hula spoke regarding the World Health Organization Pandemic Treaty and declaration of emergencies.

Section 11b

Alan Clarke spoke regarding carbon tax, decriminalization and the BC Housing facility proposed for 1300 Island Highway South.

Section 11c


Amrit Manhas, the City’s Economic Development Officer, provided Council with the 2024 State of the Nanaimo Economy annual report. For report highlights, read through the staff report or check out the PowerPoint presentation.

Section 12a

Council directed staff to remove section 19.17c from the Council Procedure Bylaw Amendment Bylaw and then the bylaw passed three readings. The amendment bylaw included changes resulting from provincial Bill 44 as it related to Public Hearings along with other housekeeping amendments as shown in this attachment.

Section 12b

“Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw 2023 No 7336.08” (a bylaw to amend the fees for City Parks, Plazas, Pavilions, Amphitheaters, Grounds, Parking Lots and Trails) passed three readings reading. The amended pricing structure will help to reduce the financial barrier for not-for-profit groups whose program, event or services are smaller in size. 

Section 12c

Staff provided Council with an update on the Tree Donation Program Pilot which will be launching on Friday, April 26.

Section 12d

A development variance permit was issued for 3024 Barons Road, to reduce the parking requirement for an existing commercial building.

Section 12e

Council was provided with an overview of the Nanaimo Region Deep Retrofits Financing Feasibility Study. Council directed staff to design a home energy retrofit financing program and return with a report for Council to consider implementing the program.

Section 12f

A development permit was issued for 1950 and 1960 Island Diesel Way, to allow for an industrial development consisting of two buildings with warehouse and office space.

Section 12g

A rezoning application for 120 Needham Street, 515, 535, 545, and 575 Nicol Street, to facilitate a multi-family residential development, passed three readings. Council also approved disposing of a piece of City-owned property at 545 Nicol Street for $25,000.

Section 12h

Staff provided Council with an update on the Form and Character Development Permit (DP) Guidelines Project. The new guidelines will be informed by City Plan policies and several engagement and consultation events will be scheduled for late June 2024.

Section 12i

Council received correspondence from the Minister of Housing Ravi Kahlon regarding legislative changes and the City of Nanaimo being selected for a Housing Targets Assessment.

Section 15

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