August 28, 2023 Regular Council Summary


Donna Hais, community liaison for Nanaimo’s medical staff association and member of the Mayor’s Leaders’ Table, provided information on the need for a new patient tower and catheterization lab at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

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The Te’tuxwtun Knowledge Partners, which include Snuneymuxw First Nation (Joan Brown), Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (Mark Walsh on behalf of Scott Saywell), BC Housing (Thomas Bevan and Sheryl Peters) and the City of Nanaimo (Dale Lindsay) provided Council with a joint presentation on the Te’Tuxwtun Project (note: click link to download video).

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Consent Items

Council advocates for a cath lab and patient tower at NRGH

Council is supporting the Mayor's Leaders' Table call to action for urgently needed investments at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Council’s voice joins those of other community leaders who are advocating to the Province for a catheterization lab and new patient tower at NRGH, which services all Island municipalities north of the Malahat. A letter of support for these two projects will be sent to the Province, and letters will be sent to surrounding municipalities to lend their voices to the cause. In addition, staff will assist by promoting the advocacy efforts and Council pledged to advocate “whenever possible” for the cause.

Staff to investigate options for expanding the City's fiber network

Council supported the Mayor's Leaders' Table recommendation to have staff prepare a report, in consultation with community partners, that outlines options for expanding and integrating the City's fiber-optic network.

Council accelerates adoption of Zero Carbon Step Code and BC Energy Step Code

Amendments will be made to the City’s Building Bylaw after Council voted to:
  • adopt the Provincial Zero Carbon Step Code and require applicable building permit applications to meet the Measure-only level (EL-1),
  • require all Part 9 buildings (homes and small buildings) and Part 3 buildings (larger, complex buildings) to meet the Zero Carbon Performance Level (EL-4) of the Zero Carbon Step Code by July 1, 2024, and,
  • require applicable Part 3 buildings to meet Step 3 of the Energy Step Code by January 1, 2026.
For more information, visit the City’s Step Code FAQ page or Project page

Development around Nanaimo

An application to redesignate 502 Howard Avenue from Parks and Open Spaces to Mixed-Use Corridor and an application to rezone 564 Fifth Street, 502 Howard Avenue and 505 Howard Avenue, to facilitate a mixed-use development (the Te’tuxwtun Project), passed two readings. 

In addition, Council gave approval to proceed with an Alternate Approval Process (AAP) for removal of park dedication at 502 Howard Avenue and gave three readings to the Park Dedication Amendment Bylaw. More information about the AAP will be distributed this week.

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Applications to rezone 6124 Metral Drive, and 2453 Labieux Road, to facilitate multi-family residential developments, passed two readings.

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Council denied a development permit application for 855 Douglas Avenue. 

Section 12e

A Municipal Highway Naming Bylaw passed three readings securing “Loretta Lane” as the name of a new road that services a 15-unit townhouse development near Linley Valley Drive.

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Bylaw Updates

"Highway Closure and Dedication Removal Bylaw 2023 No. 7364" (a bylaw to provide for highway closure and dedication removal of an unnamed laneway between 334 and 364 Haliburton Street) passed third reading.

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