February 7, 2022 Regular Council Summary

Rise and Report

Ms. Jamie Slater, Manager, Revenue Services, has been assigned the duties and responsibilities of Collector for the City of Nanaimo.

Section 7a

Council approved the following 2022 Culture & Heritage Awards recipients: 

  • Brendan Tang - Excellence in Culture
  • Bruce Halliday - Honour in Culture
  • Joy Bremner - Honour in Heritage

Section 7b

Committee Recommendations

The Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness' 2021 Annual Report was received for information. 

Staff will meet with Risebridge and provide a report as soon as possible regarding the needs and options to address current gaps in daytime drop-in programming during cold weather events until March 2022.

Council are committing up to $100,000 in 2024-2028 Financial Plan towards the Nanaimo Track and Field Club’s bid to host the 2024 Canadian Track and Field Championships / Olympic and Paralympic Trials funded from the Strategic Infrastructure Reserve.

Council gave consent for the City to apply for grant funding for the Millstone Trunk North Sanitary Sewer project. The City will apply for a grant with a maximum value of $3,164,421 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Environmental Quality program and commits to its share of the project ($1,950,874), as well as any cost overruns. 

Staff will be preparing a report for a bus shelter strategy, co-created by the City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo, in accordance with sustainable procurement principles.

Council are supporting the proposed enhancements to the City's regulatory framework for watercourse protection.

Council endorsed the 2022 Environment Committee Work plan with the addition of the Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy Update and review of committee structure.

Section 10 a-d


Council consented to the adoption of the “Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service Amendment Bylaw No. 1556.05, 2021”. The bylaw will increase the annual Drinking Water and Watershed Protection parcel tax from $12 to $14 per parcel in 2022 and from $14 to $16 per parcel in 2023 and beyond.

Section 12a

“Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw 2022 No. 7320.02” (To amend the 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan), passed first, second and third reading. This amendment bylaw captures revisions made to the 2021-2025 Financial Plan since the adoption of the final budget on 2021-MAY-10.
Section 12b

“Old City Quarter Business Improvement Area Bylaw 2022 No. 7339” (To establish a Business Improvement Area in the Old City Quarter) passed first, second and third reading. Staff will now proceed with a “petition against” process. Initiated by a request from the Old City Quarter Association, if the bylaw is adopted it will establish a new Business Improvement Area in the Old City Quarter area.

Section 12c

Development around Nanaimo

A Development Permit Application for 4900 Island Highway North, to allow for an automobile sales development, was approved. 

Section 12d

An amended Revitalization Tax Exemption Agreement, to allow for a proposed 10-unit multi-family development at 521 Hecate Street, was approved.
Section 12e

Staff will be proceeding with public notification prior to Council considering a Covenant Amendment Application for 3789 and 3801 Shenton Road. 

Section 12f

Bylaw Updates

“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 4500.186” (To regulate short-term rentals) was adopted.

Section 13a

“Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 6500.042” (To re-designate 54, 55, 65, 66, 69, 70, and 73 Prideaux Street; and 503, 531, 605, 619, and 685 Comox Road on the Future Land Use Plan [Map 1] from Neighbourhood to Urban Node, and the text amendment of Section 4.1.2 Land Use Designations of the Old City Neighbourhood Concept Plan) was adopted.
Section 13b

“Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 6500.043” (To re-designate 3679 Shenton Road on the Future Land Use Plan [Map 1] from Light Industrial to Corridor) was adopted.

Section 13c

“Off-Street Parking Regulations Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 7266.01” (To require one parking space for a short-term rental use) was adopted.
Section 13d

Other Business

Councillor Brown will be attending the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference.

Section 15a

Correspondence regarding Complex Care Housing will be sent to the Premier and a number of ministers which:

  • requests that complex care housing for citizens who desperately need more intensive care than supportive housing be built in Nanaimo
  • states that the City of Nanaimo supports the position of the Urban Mayor's Caucus, and
  • reiterates the need for significant investment along the entire housing continuum in Nanaimo as outlined in the Health and Housing Action Plan.  

Section 15b

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