February 24, 2020 Regular Council Summary

Committee Recommendations

The following amendments will be made to the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan:

  1. Reword Key Focus Area 2 to read: “Ensure our community and transportation planning are multi-modal designed to encourage active and public transportation”
  2. Reword the action item regarding public transit to read: “Work with the Regional District of Nanaimo to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public transit services in the City”
  3. Add “innovative” and remove “within our risk framework” under Key Focus Area 3
  4. Add “as well as the health and safety of those in our community” under Key Focus Area 4
  5. Add the following bullet as an action item: “Undertake a review of civic facilities to prioritize and plan for necessary upgrades, expansion and/or replacement”
  6. Add “safe” under Council Priority
  7. Reword Key Focus Area 6 to read: “Proactively address social disorder issues, enhance public safety and advocate for support to ensure our community is a safe place for all people to live, work, play, create and learn”
  8. Add “connected” under Key Focus Area 7
  9. Add the following bullet as an action item: “Work with the RCMP, Bylaw Services, community and neighbourhood block watch programs to reduce social disorder issues and enhance public safety”
  10. Add the following bullet as an action item: “Support the work and implement the recommendations of the Health and Housing Task Force to address the health and housing crisis in our community”
  11. Add the following bullet as an action item: “Implement improvements in the downtown core to increase pride of place, stimulate the economy and address public safety concerns”

 A $3,000 Community Program Development Grant was approved for the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society (NS3) to assist in funding a Science in the Park summer program for children and families.

Staff will work with the Nanaimo Art Gallery on moving forward with the next phase of the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s development process and include funding options that address the next phase of Art Gallery Development and Operations for Council’s consideration in the 2021-2025 budget deliberations.

$186,120 will be added to the 2020 budget for the Rotary Centennial Garden project at Maffeo Sutton Park.

A budget increase of $214,458 for the Closed Circuit Television Video Equipment and Camera Van was approved.

$200,000, received from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, will be distributed to the British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council to host a provincial Overdose Emergency Response Centre Conference in Nanaimo in 2020.

A resolution supporting the Regional District of Nanaimo’s application to the UBCM Poverty Reduction Planning and Action grant program for a Social Needs Assessment and Strategy was adopted.

Council will proceed with a two-phased approach to create a sponsorship policy and strategic plan. Phase one involves issuing a Request for Proposals to conduct a feasibility study and assess the City’s inventory of possible sponsorship locations, as well as developing a sponsorship/advertising/naming policy and strategic plan. The second phase would see the implementation of a sponsorship program.

$100,000 will be added to the 2020-2024 Financial Plan for the participation in the Province of BC’s CleanBC Better Home Rebate Program. Staff will report back to Council on the program after the first quarter implementation results are released.

Sections 8 b,c

BC Mayor's Caucus
Council approved expenses for Mayor Krog to attend the BC Mayor's Caucus happening May 5 & 6.
Section 6

2019 – 2023 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
“Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7279.02” (To amend the 2019 – 2023 Financial Plan), passed three readings.
Section 10 c

Southern Community Transit Service Area Amendment Bylaw
Consent was given for the adoption of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s “Southern Community Transit Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.06, 2020”.
Section 10 d

Coordinated Strategic Policy Review (2020 - 2021) Status Update
A Terms of Reference for the 2020-2021 Coordinated Strategic Policy Review was adopted.
Section 10 e

Development around Nanaimo
A development permit has been issued for 633 Milton Street, to allow for a 3-unit multi-family residential development.
Section 10 f

An application to amend the liquor licence at 11 Cliff Street (Hub City Ales), permitting the hours of operation to be 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week and to permit an outdoor patio, was approved.
Section 10 g

Bylaw updates
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 4500.148” (To rezone 751 Haliburton Street to allow “office” as a site-specific use in the Local Service Centre [CC1] zone) was adopted.
Section 11 a

“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 4500.170” (To rezone 4771 Hammond Bay Road from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Low Density Residential [R6]) was adopted.
Section 11 b

Other business
“Correspondence dated 2020-JAN-31 from the City of Langley re:  Modernizing the Motor Vehicle Act” will be referred to the future Governance and Priorities Committee meeting regarding transit and sidewalks.
Section 13 a

February 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting - agenda, documents and video

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