September 16, 2019 Council Meeting Summary

Working plan drafted for 2020 strategic policy process
Council has endorsed the draft work plan and guiding principles for the 2020 strategic policy development process. The draft work plan includes incorporating Council’s strategic priorities, robust community engagement, a clear and coordinated vision for the next 25 years and methods for evaluation of the plans and strategies.  
Section 9 a

Co-management agreement reached with Search and Rescue
The City has reached a 25-year agreement for Nanaimo Search and Rescue to use the Harewood Activity Centre on Fourth Street as their operation centre. 
Section 10 a

Increase to “Accommodation Tax”
The bylaw to increase the Municipal and Regional District Tax (also known as an accommodation tax) from two per cent to three per cent passed three readings. As a result, the City will seek approval from Destination BC to increase the tax.
Section 10 b

Privacy and Whistleblower policies adopted
Council approved both a privacy and whistleblower policy. The Privacy Policy was drafted based on recommendations by the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Whistleblower Policy came from recommendations by the City’s financial auditors, KPMG.
Section 10 c

Building bylaw amendments introduced
A bylaw to introduce BC Energy Step Code regulations and amend the length of time demolition permits are active, works and services exemptions and the fine schedule (Schedule A) passed three readings. The bylaw to enforce the new building bylaw also passed three readings.  
Section 10 d

Zoning bylaw to incorporate BC Energy Step Code
The City will develop a building energy efficiency rezoning policy and the Environment Committee will review a plan to implement the BC Energy Step Code after an amendment to the Zoning bylaw to introduce the code passed two readings. 
Section 10 d

Bylaw Updates
A Zoning Amendment Bylaw for a cannabis retail store on 52 Victoria Crescent was adopted.  
Section 11 a

The City will review the Traffic and Highways Regulation Amendment Bylaw as part of the Downtown Transportation and Mobility Study and consult with relevant stakeholders after Council rescinded the bylaw.
Section 11 b

September 16 Council Meeting - agenda, documents and video

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