November 18, 2019 Council Meeting Summary

Letter of Support
Council will be providing a letter of support for a fully funded Tertiary hospital at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Tertiary hospitals provide specialized care, and would expand the services currently available at NRGH.
Section 7 a

Committee Recommendations
The 2020 Key Date Calendar for the Governance and Priorities Committee has been adopted.

Council has given approval for an on-street Transit Exchange located on Front Street (adjacent to 1 Port Drive). Staff have also been directed to proceed with Phase 2 of the Downtown Mobility Hub Project which includes: working with the Regional District of Nanaimo to prepare a design for the on-street Transit Exchange; completing designs for the Downtown and Albert Street bikeways; completing a review of the Downtown Road network, looking for opportunities to enhance connectivity; finalizing the Parking Management Strategy; and, developing plans to optimize streetscapes and place making.

A representative from the Coastal Community Social Procurement Initiative will be invited to make a presentation during an upcoming Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting.

A Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting will be scheduled on the topic of engagement, with an update on emerging issues and a focus on neighbourhood associations.

The 2020 Key Date Calendar for the Finance and Audit Committee has been adopted.

Council will consider funding of $35,000 during the 2020-2024 Financial Plan review for detailed design and cost estimates for the Nanaimo BMX track redevelopment. Staff will work with the Nanaimo BMX Association and other stakeholders on developing the detailed design and costing for the project.

Council will consider funding an increase to the Nanaimo Fire Rescue training budget during the 2020-2024 Financial Plan review to raise the service level to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). The increase would be $66,750 in the first year (2020) and $60,000 for the following five years (2021-2025).

A Heritage Home Grant of $2,500 was approved for reroofing the Ivers/Honey Residence located at 911 Wentworth Street.

Staff will be undertaking the City’s Procurement Policy review with an increased focus on social, environmental and ethical elements for City purchases that specifically align with the desired outcomes of the Strategic Plan.

Staff will be preparing a report regarding the $100,000 funding request from the Victim Services Program. Letters will also be sent to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, as well as the Regional District of Nanaimo, requesting that they increase funding to the Victim Services Program.

Section 8 b

Development around Nanaimo
A Rezoning Application for 307 Hillcrest Avenue and 308/326 Wakesiah Avenue, to allow for a mixed-use student housing development, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered once the community contribution, road dedication, works and services and housing agreement have been secured.
Section 10 a

An Official Community Plan Amendment Application and Rezoning Application for 4392 Jingle Pot Road, to change the designation from Neighbourhood to Corridor and to allow for a future residential or mixed use development, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered once a community contribution, road dedication, infrastructure upgrades and vehicle access have been secured.
Section 10 b

Rezoning Applications for 847 Bruce Avenue and 5800 Turner Road, to allow for a Cannabis Retail Store at each location, passed two readings. A third reading will be considered once a community contribution has been secured.
Section 10 c,d

Bylaw Updates
The following bylaws were adopted:

  • General Fund Asset Management Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 7186.01 (To amend the General Fund Asset Management Reserve Fund purpose)
  • Sewer Fund Asset Management Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 7187.01 (To amend the Sewer Fund Asset Management Reserve Fund purpose)
  • Water Fund Asset Management Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 7188.01 (To amend the Water Fund Asset Management Reserve Fund purpose)
  • Highway Closure and Dedication Removal Bylaw 2019 No. 7292 (To provide highway closure and dedication removal of Lubbock Square adjacent to 618 Fitzwilliam Street and 285 Prideaux Street)
  • 911 Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7295 (To establish a 911 Call Answer Service Reserve Fund)
  • Cart Replacement Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7296 (To establish a residential solid waste Cart Replacement Reserve Fund)
  • Copier Replacement Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7297 (To establish a Copier Replacement Reserve Fund)
  • Emission Reduction Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7298 (To establish an Emission Reduction Reserve Fund)
  • Housing Legacy Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7299 (To establish a Housing Legacy Reserve Fund)
  • Information Technology Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7300 (To establish an Information Technology Reserve Fund)
  • Nanaimo District Secondary School Community Field Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7301 (To establish a Nanaimo District Secondary School Community Field Reserve Fund)
  • Parking Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7302 (To establish a Parking Reserve Fund)
  • Property Acquisition Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7303 (To establish a Property Acquisition Reserve Fund)
  • Strategic Infrastructure Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7304 (To establish a Strategic Infrastructure Reserve Fund)
  • Sustainability Reserve Fund Establishing Bylaw 2019 No. 7305 (To establish a Sustainability/Energy Consumption Reduction Reserve Fund)
  • Housing Agreement Bylaw 2019 No. 7306 (To authorize a housing agreement for rental housing at 1400 Wingrove Street)

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November 18, 2019 Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video

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