THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM lobby the Province to establish a Provincial Housing Coordinator to work directly with those persons who are experiencing homelessness and who are not in need of supports, to find suitable housing."
"WHEREAS core funding for public libraries in British Columbia has remained unchanged since 2009, limiting their ability to expand and evolve their programming as demand for their services increases;
AND WHEREAS the operational requirements of public libraries increasingly require significant and diverse resources to provide front-line community services, including supporting patrons with mental health and addiction issues as well as barriers to housing, providing critical locations of refuge during extreme weather events, providing services to new Canadians, and supporting the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that AVICC call on the provincial government to recognize the evolving and challenging situation for public libraries as well as their unique role as community spaces, and increase annual core funding for libraries to $30 million in keeping with the request made by the BC Public Library Partners and the recommendation of the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this increase in core funding be increased on a yearly basis in keeping with cost of living and inflationary pressures."
5. Emergency Shelters & Compliance with BC Building Code & BC Fire Code
"WHEREAS many communities are experiencing a crisis-level influx of homeless individuals and the existence of emergency shelters is critical to addressing the safety of people experiencing homelessness;
AND WHEREAS, due to the urgent nature of the need and the lack of suitable building stock in many communities, emergency shelters are frequently operating from buildings that do not meet the major occupancy classification requirements of the BC Building Code, nor the requirements of the BC Fire Code, placing local governments at risk of incurring liability if they do not enforce the codes and risking shutting down emergency shelters if they do enforce the codes:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request the Province work with the Building Safety Standards Branch to establish some reasonable variances to the BC Building Code and BC Fire Code to enable emergency shelters to remain open."
Brian Snyder spoke regarding the need for bylaw updates and increased compensation for homeowners upon closure of a manufactured home park in the City.
Staff presented Council with the City of Nanaimo's Property Management Strategy. The Strategy sets out a framework for how the City will manage, acquire, and dispose of its land assets.
Council approved the Revitalization Tax Exemption Agreement for a proposed four-unit multi-family development at 220 Haliburton Street.
Council is recommending that the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch approve the liquor licence amendment application for 1724 Stewart Avenue (Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Pub) to permit a permanent extension of the existing outdoor patio area.
A development permit, with variances, was issued for 404 and 406 Millstone Avenue, to allow for a multi-family development.
A development permit, with variances, was issued for 3201 Ross Road, to allow for an accessory parking structure.
A rezoning application for 6450 Island Highway North, to allow the expansion of an existing non-conforming commercial use (mini storage), passed first and second reading. A Public Hearing will be held prior to consideration of third reading.
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 4500.219” (General text and mapping amendments to “City of Nanaimo Zoning Bylaw 2011 No. 4500”) passed three readings.
“Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw 2024 No. 7359.02” (To amend the 2023 – 2027 Financial Plan) passed three readings.
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 4500.214” (to rezone 6124 Metral Drive from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Residential Corridor [COR1]) was adopted.
The Mayor, on behalf of Council, will send a letter to the Premier in support of advocacy efforts for Provincial action regarding biodiversity.
February 5, 2024 Regular Council meeting - agenda, documents and video