Presentations to Council
Rotary Centennial Garden at Maffeo Sutton Park Open
Parks, Recreation and Culture, along with Dave Hammond, from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo, updated Council on the opening of the Rotary Centennial Garden.
Nanaimo residents now have a new garden to visit in one of Nanaimo's most popular parks. In spring 2020, construction began for the Rotary Centennial Garden as a way to commemorate the five Nanaimo and Lantzville Rotary Club's 100 years of contributing to projects within Nanaimo.
Section 8 a
Consent Items group discussion points into a single area in the agenda labeled “Consent Items.” This procedure allows decision-makers to group consent items together under one heading and approve them in one action or to consider and vote on each item separately if discussion is needed (for more information, please see Section 14 of the City’s Procedural Bylaw).
Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness 2020-SEP-30
Intro to the City's Transportation Group
Council directed Staff to prepare a report on options for a bylaw to prevent garbage cans and recycling cans from being placed on sidewalks, in order to improve accessibility in the City of Nanaimo.
Council directed Staff to prepare a report for improving transit stops within the City of Nanaimo including options to ensure all bus stops are uniform and highly visible so they are accessible for all citizens.
Section 10 a, 1
Governance and Priorities Committee 2020-OCT-05
Program Review of Cultural Grants
Council endorsed a review of the following three grant funding programs administered by Culture & Events:
- Culture & Heritage Operating Grants
- Culture & Heritage Project Grants
- Downtown Event Revitalization Grants
This included research on best practices and dialogue with community stakeholders.
Council directed Staff to return with recommendations to improve and evolve processes to continue to meet the needs of the Nanaimo cultural community.
Section 10 b, 1
Art in Public Spaces Working Group
Council endorsed the creation of an Art in Public Spaces Working Group to be facilitated by Culture & Events Staff.
Section 10 b, 2
Separately Addressed Consent Items
Health and Housing Task Force Meeting 2020-OCT-01
Emergency Food and Nutrition Security Strategy
Jen Cody, Executive Director of Nanaimo FoodShare gave a presentation on Food Policy Councils and their role in supporting food and nutrition security for a community.
- Council endorsed the Emergency Food and Nutrition Strategy as formal stakeholder input into the REIMAGINE Nanaimo process
- support the creation of a Nanaimo Food Policy Council as an independent, arms-length body that would continue collaborative work to strengthen the local food system and request that Staff bring forward a report on how the City can facilitate this work
- directed Staff to include the Emergency Food and Nutrition Strategy on a future Governance and Priorities Committee Agenda for further discussion
Section 10 c, 1, 1
Reports to Council
Bylaw and Policy Renewal Project Timeline
In 2019, Council underwent a planning process to define its vision and values for the 2019 – 2022 Council term. Within the Governance Excellence section of the Strategic Plan, one of the action items identified was to have a comprehensive review undertaken on Council’s bylaws and policies as well as updates done on those that were outdated, ineffective or inconsistent with current objectives. The Deputy City Clerk was assigned the responsibility to oversee and support this project and to develop a timeline for moving the project forward.
An audit was conducted on the City’s bylaws and policies to identify gaps and determine priorities. A project scope, work breakdown structure and deliverables were developed based on the audit. Work on bylaw and policy projects is to be done in two phases.
Section 12 a
Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw Amendment - Fines for Zoning and Tree Protection Regulations
Purpose: To introduce amendments to “Zoning Bylaw 2011 No. 4500”, “Management and Protection of Trees Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7126”, and “Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7159” so that fines for violations under those bylaws can be administered through the City’s Dispute Adjudication Registry System (DARS).
Outcome of Discussions
Zoning Amendment Bylaw:
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.179” (To replace the Violation and Penalty section and delete the fine schedule) passed first and second readings; and,
Whereas 464(2) of the Local Government Act permits Council to waive the holding of a public hearing where a proposed zoning amendment bylaw is consistent with the Official Community Plan;
And Whereas "Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.179" is consistent with Official Community Plan Bylaw 2008 No. 6500;
Be it resolved that Council waives the holding of a public hearing with respect to "Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.179".
Management and Protection of Trees Amendment Bylaw:
“Management and Protection of Trees Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7126.01” (To replace the Violation and Penalty section and delete the fine schedule) passed first, second and third readings.
Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw:
“Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw 2020 No. 7159.08” (To replace the fine schedule for the Zoning Amendment Bylaw, add a fine schedule for the Management of Trees Bylaw, and replace Schedule B - Registry Agreement) passed first, second and third readings.
Section 12 b
Options for Prohibiting Bottling of Groundwater Within the City of Nanaimo
Purpose: To present options and a recommendation regarding the prohibiting of commercial bottling of groundwater within the city of Nanaimo.
Outcome of Discussions: Council denied consideration of adopting a bylaw to prohibit the commercial bottling of groundwater within the City of Nanaimo.
Section 12 c
Covenant Amendment Application No. CA13 - 1060, 1070, 1074 and 1098 Douglas Avenue and 280 Tenth Street
Purpose: To seek direction from Council regarding Covenant Amendment application No. CA13.
Outcome of Discussions: Council directed Staff to proceed with public notification prior to Council’s consideration of Covenant Amendment Application No. CA13 at an upcoming Council meeting.
Section 12 d
Development Permit Application No. DP1138 - 600 Ninth Street
Purpose: To present for Council’s consideration a development permit application for 47-unit townhouse development at 600 Ninth Street.
Outcome of Discussions: Council issued Development Permit No. DP1138 at 600 Ninth Street with the following variances:
- to increase the maximum permitted building height from 9m to 11.07m; and
- to increase the maximum permitted perimeter wall height from 7.32m to 8.23m.
Section 12 e
Development Permit Application No. DP1160 - 145 Stewart Avenue
Purpose: To present for Council’s consideration, a development permit application for a 15-unit multi‑family development at 145 Stewart Avenue.
Outcome of Discussions: Council issued Development Permit No. DP1160 at 145 Stewart Avenue with a variance to:
- increase the maximum allowable percentage of small car spaces from 40% to 56%.
Section 12 f
Development Variance Permit Application No. DVP407 - 3602 Overlook Drive
Purpose: To present for Council’s consideration, a development variance permit application to allow the construction of a covered patio on an existing single family dwelling at 3602 Overlook Drive.
Outcome of Discussions: Council issued Development Variance Permit No. DVP407 at 3602 Overlook Drive with the following variance:
- reduce the minimum required front yard setback for a covered patio from 4.5m to 2.9m.
Section 12 g
Property Disposition - 2230 Boxwood Road, 2221 and 2241 Bowen Road Mid-Town Gateway Project
Purpose: To obtain Council approval to dispose of portions of two City-owned properties at 2230 Boxwood Road and 2241 Bowen Road.
Council approved the following:
- authorize the disposition of a portion of City-owned lands located at 2241 Bowen Road to Christ Community Church in exchange for a portion of the Church’s property at 2221 Bowen Road;
- authorize the disposition of a portion of City-owned lands located at 2230 Boxwood Road and the portion of property the City will receive from the Church’s property at 2221 Bowen Road to Island West Coast Developments; and,
- direct the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the necessary documents to affect the transactions.
Section 12 h
Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw
Purpose: To provide Council with the draft “Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw 2019 No. 7283” for consideration.
Council approved the following:
That “Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw 2020 No. 7283” (To regulate single use checkout bags) pass first, second and third readings; and; That in accordance with Section 9 of the Community Charter direct staff to forward “Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw 2020 No. 7283” to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
The following Bylaws were adopted and received for information:
"Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.167"
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.167” (To rezone 3841 and 3817 Victoria Avenue and 3896, 3874, 3852, 3848 and 3816 Island Highway North from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Community Corridor [COR3]).
"Property Tax Exemption Bylaw 2020 No. 7315"
“Property Tax Exemption Bylaw 2020 No. 7315” (To provide exemption from 2021 property taxes).
October 19, 2020 Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video