Representatives from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island gave a presentation regarding Jesse’s House – a future “home away from home” on the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital grounds.
A representative from the Mid Island Business Initiative Society gave a presentation regarding housing and land needs in relation to the draft City Plan – Nanaimo ReImagined.
Council accepted the 2021 Statements of Financial Information for filing with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Council allocated $100,000 from the Climate Action Reserve Fund to support the City’s continued participation in the Province of BC’s CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program.
Council approved reallocating $12,000 in Downtown Event Revitalization grant funds from the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society to the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club Society, to run a dragon boat racing series in Nanaimo.
Representatives from the John Howard Society provided Council with a presentation regarding City of Nanaimo supported programs including the Nanaimo rent back, restorative justice programs, housing supports, clean-up programs and property tax exemptions.
City Plan – Nanaimo ReImagined
Council considered the consultation opportunities provided during the development of the City Plan – Nanaimo ReImagined and determined that they satisfy the requirements of Section 475 of the Local Government Act.
“City Plan Bylaw 2022 No. 6600” (City Plan) passed first and second reading. Staff will now arrange a Public Hearing for the City Plan, which will be held on June 22, 2022.
Council will consider the City Plan bylaw in conjunction with the City’s financial plan and the RDN’s Liquid Waste Management Plan (2014) and Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (2018). Staff will now refer the City Plan bylaw to the Agricultural Land Commission for comment.
“Development Approval Information Bylaw 2022 No. 7346” (To specify development information requirements) passed first, second and third reading. The Bylaw was introduced alongside the new City Plan to support the implementation of Official Community Plan objectives for new development.
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022 No. 4500.199” (To include development permit area guidelines, exemptions, and related definitions in addition to other amendments for consistency with the proposed Official Community Plan [City Plan]) passed first and second reading.
Development around Nanaimo
A Development Permit for 2498 Rosstown Road, to allow the proposed site works, servicing, and restoration within the watercourse leave strip area, was approved.
Transportation to Special Events
In an effort to encourage alternative transportation options for special events, staff advised that transit shuttle services and bicycle valet parking will be offered for at least four major events this summer: Marine Festival (1 day), Vancouver Island Exhibition, Dragon Boat Festival and Canada Day.
An application will be submitted to the Strategic Priorities Fund Capital Infrastructure Stream for the Westwood Lake Phase 2 project. Estimated costs for Phase 2 are $1.8 million – if successful, the proposed grant application would provide funding for 100% of the project budget.
Public Notice Bylaw
"Public Notice Bylaw 2022 No. 7325" (To provide for alternative means of publication) passed three readings. Once adopted, the City will be able to advertise notices of public interest via the City’s website, in addition to the newspaper.
“Code of Conduct Bylaw 2022 No. 7348” (To regulate the conduct for Council and Committee Members) was adopted.
“Ethics Commissioner Establishment Bylaw 2022 No. 7349” (To establish an Ethics Commissioner or ad hoc Commissioner) was adopted.
“Elected Officials Oath of Office Bylaw 2022 No. 7350” (To establish the oath or solemn affirmation of office for Mayor and the office of Councillor) was adopted.