Community & Cultural Planning


Community Planning

Community Planning is responsible for implementing the City’s vision identified by the community in the Official Community Plan through policy and program development.  This includes preparation of Neighbourhood, Area and Master Plans, review of OCP amendment applications, and other plans and studies to address growth management and sustainability in Nanaimo.  

Social Planning

Social Planning addresses strategic priorities regarding social equity, cultural diversity, and community health issues. Distinct from other forms of planning, which have a focus on land, buildings and streets, social planning focuses on people. Social Planners work with community-based organizations, federal and provincial ministries, faith groups and City departments to address our City's critical social issues. They provide support and information to social agencies, bringing together key people to address emerging social issues, delivering Community and Social Service programs, and provide the information to Council.

Culture & Heritage Planning

Culture and heritage brings Nanaimo’s culture to life every way, every day. Through implementation of the Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo, this section leads the planning, design, development, operation and maintenance of culture and heritage related services, facilities and programs in the City. Culture and heritage builds on relationships, by implementing cultural and heritage programs and activities in collaboration community organizations, businesses and all levels of government.  


Lisa Bhopalsingh Manager, Community & Cultural Planning

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