March 20, 2023 Regular Council Summary

Consent Items

The following items were recommendations from the March 15 Finance and Audit Committee meeting:

The budget for the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program project was increased from $66,900 to $126,900 in 2023.

Council endorsed the City of Nanaimo’s application under the UBCM Community Resiliency Investment Program (FireSmart). If the application is successful, the 2023-2027 Financial Plan will be amended. 

$100,000 was added to the 2023 – 2027 Final Financial Plan, to complete design and permitting for the Fire Station 2 Sprung Structure project.

The budget for the Albert and Fourth Street & Utility Upgrade project was increased in 2023 from $3,763,701 to $4,367,120.

The budget for the Departure Bay Road Water and Sewer project was increased in 2023 from $1,476,798 to $2,035,400.

The property tax due date will stay at July 4, 2023. A 2% property tax penalty rate is due after July 4, 2023 and a 8% penalty rate is due after August 31, 2023

Council directed staff to submit an application to the FCM Green Municipal Fund Community Buildings Retrofit program for a Corporate Emission Reduction Pathway – Facilities Feasibility Study. The City will contribute $50,000 for the study.

Council approved submitting a joint application with Snuneymuxw First Nation to the UBCM Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Adaptation Fund Category 1 stream for a Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mapping project.

Council approved the allocation of the 2022 operating surplus as follows:

General Fund 
 RCMP Contract Reserve$3,000,000
 Snow and Ice Control Reserve$130,000
Special Initiatives Reserve$2,300,000
Property Acquisition Reserve$2,100,000
General Capital Reserve $1,014,855
TOTAL $8,544,855
Sewer & Water Funds 
Sewer Reserve$224,302
Water Reserve$198,344

Section 10a


Collen Middleton, Interim Chair of the Nanaimo Area Public Safety Association, spoke regarding public safety concerns on Victoria Road. 

Section 11a

Development around Nanaimo

A Development Variance Permit was issued for 5288 Scarsdale Road, to allow for a single residential dwelling with a reduced rear yard setback.

Section 12b

A Rezoning Application for 6030 Pine Ridge Crescent, to facilitate a multi-family residential development, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered at a future Public Hearing.

Section 12c

Bylaw updates

“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2021 No. 4500.191” (To rezone 6643 Aulds Road from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Duplex Residential [R4]) was adopted.

Section 13a

Other Business

Council directed staff to prepare a report outlining what the costs would be to expand a shower program throughout the City of Nanaimo.

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