October 16, 2023 Regular Council Summary


Darren Moss, Nanaimo Development Group, and Jeremy Holm, Director, Development Approvals, provided a update on the  Approvals Process Improvements.
Section 8a

Rob Turnbull, President and Chief Executive Officer, Streetohome Foundation gave a presentation on the Streetohome Foundation.
Section 8b


A bylaw to establish a reserve fund for the Harewood Centennial Turf Fields passed three readings.
Section 12a

Council authorized the closure of a portion of Melideo Road and a portion of Old Victoria Road and directed staff to enter into a Land Exchange Agreement with the owners of 1044 and 1048 Old Victoria Road to dedicate part of their property for road in exchange for the road closure areas. A bylaw relating to the closure passed two readings.
Section 12b

Council was provided with the Alternative Approval Process results for the "Park Dedication Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 7182.01" (to remove the park dedication on 502 Howard Avenue, to help facilitate the Te'tuxwtun Project). Based on the number of responses received (20), elector approval has now been secured and Council may proceed with adopting the bylaw.
Section 12c

Council directed staff to proceed with a Public Hearing to discharge and replace existing covenants at 6340 McRobb Ave, to facilitate the development of Phases 2 and 3 of a 6-storey multi-family residential project, will proceed to a Public Hearing.

Council issued a development permit for 13, 17 and 21 Haliburton Street, to facilitate a 44-unit multi-family development.
Section 12e

An application to rezone 6074 Metral Drive, to facilitate a multi-family development, passed two readings.

An application to rezone 1100 Cedar Road, 1505 & 1605 Fielding Road, and 1750 Rajeena Way, to facilitate a residential, industrial and mixed-use development aligned with the Sandstone Master Plan, passed two readings.
Section 12g

Bylaw Updates

Consideration of “Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022 No. 4500.204” (to rezone 444, 450, 500 Comox Road, 55 Mill Street, and 1 Terminal Avenue from Medium Density Residential [R8] and Gateway [DT12] to Comprehensive Development District Zone Seven [CD7] and to amend the CD7 zone with new zoning regulations, to facilitate a mixed‑use development and subdivision) and “Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw 2022 No. 7355” (to discharge an existing Land Use Contract from the property title of 500 Comox Road) was deferred to the December 4, 2023 Council meeting. Mayor Krog will write to the relevant Provincial Ministers to seek an update on the progress and timelines of the facilitation between the applicant, Snuneymuxw and the Province.

“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2022 No. 4500.205” (to rezone 5645 and 5655/5657 Metral Drive from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] and Duplex Residential [R4] to Low Density Residential [R6] with site-specific provisions to increase the maximum allowable floor area ratio to 0.75 and increase the maximum principal building height to 13.0m) was adopted.

"Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 4500.208" (to rezone 6030 Pine Ridge Crescent from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Three and Four Unit Residential [R5]) was adopted. 

“Building Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 7224.05” (to introduce Zero Carbon Step Code and revise BC Energy Step Code regulations) was adopted. 

“Municipal Highway Naming (Loretta Lane) Bylaw 2023 No. 7366” (to provide for the naming of a municipal highway) was adopted.

“Property Tax Exemption Bylaw, 2023 No. 7368” (a bylaw to exempt certain land and buildings from taxation) was adopted.

Other Business

Letters of support will be sent to:

  • the Nanaimo Youth Services Association, supporting their proposal for a Nanaimo Foundry location.
  • The Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, supporting their proposal to the British Columbia Newcomer Services Program (BCNSP).
  • Discovery Community College, supporting their application for a Community Workforce Response Grant/Work B.C. for a Health Care Assistant Program for the Nanaimo area.

Council directed staff to draft a policy for Council to consider regarding correspondence received by Mayor and Council.

October 16, 2023 Council meeting – agenda, documents and video

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